Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

Should you buy a Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is, to some, the de facto executive car. It’s practical, stylish, and more than a match for the likes of the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. We thoroughly recommend it if you're considering either of these cars - or indeed, more left-field choices in the segment such as the Lexus ES or Jaguar XF.

In fact, there are several members of the Parkers team who think the luxury and comfort offered by the E-Class makes it the pick of the segment.

One of the E-Class’s strengths is its range of engines. It’s limited but wide-ranging, with petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrids on offer. We suspect most will be more than satisfied with the E 220 d, though – it’s smooth, superbly economical, and with its low emissions it will appeal to company car drivers too. The petrol engines are the weakest link, but they’ll do good duty for low-mileage drivers.

The plug-in E 300 de offers something unique to the marketplace by pairing a diesel engine to a plug-in hybrid powertrain. This has the dual benefits of silent, zero-emissions running around town and diesel economy on long trips.

Performance enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy too, with the remarkable AMG models sat at the top of the range. These are very highly-regarded super-saloons, with performance to trouble the best but practical interiors. They’re well worth a look if you’re in the market.

For everyone else, we’d recommend treading carefully with the options list. Mercedes trim levels are generous but delving too deep can quickly see the price ramp up. We’d recommend noting the options you consider essential and then choosing a trim level that contains them. Many attractive items on the kit list are bundled into ‘packs’, which can be handy but could get expensive if you don’t actually want everything that’s on offer.

Regardless of which E-Class you go for, you’ll end up with a handsome and premium executive cruiser that can be everything from a motorway mile-muncher to a superpowered sports saloon. It’s a complete package and one that stacks up well among its competition.

Further reading:

>> Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate review

>> BMW 5 Series review

>> Best hybrid cars