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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The E-Class scored a maximum five stars for occupant protection in the Euro NCAP crash tests and cars built from 2006 onwards have extra safety features including Pre-Safe. First seen in the Mercedes S-Class in 2002 this works with the stability control to adjust the seating position of the front passenger (to maximise the benefit of the airbag) as well as closing any open windows or the sunroof and activating the seatbelt pretensioners.

There are also anti-whiplash head restraints, adaptive brakes which prime themselves to act quicker in an emergency as well as provide a self-drying system (both features available in the 2003 version of the car), and a hill-hold function to prevent the car rolling backwards during hill starts.

The E-Class saloon has a decent sized boot with 510-litres - that's more than the Jaguar XF but it loses out slightly when compared to the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series. The wide boot opening means it's easy to load however and there's minimal intrusion from the load lip, plus it comes with a luggage net and load anchors as standard to help restrain any heavy loads in the boot.

There's also decent storage up front with good sized door bins and a large central cubby.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon (02-08).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats

Avantgarde equipment

Avantgarde standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
Avantgarde optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

Classic equipment

Classic standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
Classic optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
Elegance optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

Executive equipment

Executive standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
Executive optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav