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4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon (02-08) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £26,705 - £46,761
Used price £670 - £4,485
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £210 - £600
Insurance group 32 - 44 How much is it to insure?


Elegant styling, superbly comfortable ride, luxurious cabin, refined


Poor manual gearboxes, slightly soft in corners

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon rivals

Written by David Ross on

Luxury executive travel doesn't come any better than the E-Class. With it's understated and elegant looks, superb ride comfort and sophisticated image it's little surprise that the Mercedes saloon is such a hugely popular model. The main alternatives are the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series - but neither is able to match the effortless cruising ability of the E-Class, nor its supreme levels of comfort.

This does of course come at a price if you're buying new and the Mercedes isn't the most involving of saloons to drive, especially when compared to the BMW. However there's a huge choice of engines including some strong yet frugal diesels and passengers in the back get plenty of space. Changes in 2006 promised an end to the electrical problems of earlier cars and added yet more technology along with new engines.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon rivals

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