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PROS

  • Exceptional refinement
  • Solid feel and roomy
  • Tax-efficient diesels
  • Excellent on the motorway
  • Sharp styling

CONS

  • Slightly noisy four-cylinder diesel
  • Smaller petrol engine rather lacklustre

PROS

  • Exceptional refinement
  • Solid feel and roomy
  • Tax-efficient diesels
  • Excellent on the motorway
  • Sharp styling

CONS

  • Slightly noisy four-cylinder diesel
  • Smaller petrol engine rather lacklustre

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon rivals

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a mainstay of the German firm’s range, demonstrating exactly what the company can achieve with a saloon . The previous version, launched in 2003, was perhaps an example of Mercedes-Benz trying too hard to include the latest technology - there are many stories of early cars plagued with reliability problems.

For the 2009 E-Class, Mercedes-Benz seems to be emphasising the solidity and durability of the car, while bespoke UK equipment grades make the vehicle attractive to company car drivers, particularly in conjunction with new low-emission diesel technology. The majority of the engines in the line-up are impressive, particularly the CDI diesels, although some of the smaller petrols are a little lacklustre in comparison.

Refinement

The Mercedes E-Class puts comfort and refinement at the top of its list of priorities where some of its rivals prefer performance and handling. E-Class owners enjoy stable, no drama handling, but it’s the way the E-Class gets from A to B with so little noise or interruption inside its solidly constructed cabin that impresses more deeply.

With most of the engine choices, there’s barely a whisper from under the bonnet when cruising, while wind and road noise are sealed out with ruthless efficiency. It makes for laid back driving mood in the Merc.

Noisy entry-level diesel

The starting point for the diesel engine range in the Mercedes E-Class saloon is the E200 CDI, which uses a 136bhp 2.1-litre engine. It has enough oomph to feel just brisk enough, helped by a standard six-speed manual gearbox, but it needs to be worked quite hard for much of the time to get the best from it.

This, in turn, means the engine is often quite noisy and it intrudes on the otherwise tranquil nature of the E-Classs’ cabin. This is doubly a shame as the C200 CDI offers a good spread of economy and emissions to appeal to those on a tighter budget or company car drivers looking to reduce their tax burden. Even so, we would recommend looking to one of the more powerful turbodiesel engines to gain a more peaceful and restful way of travelling in the E-Class.

Facelift in 2013

In 2013 a major facelift was applied to the E-Class. A new front headlamp system with a single lamp replacing the twin lamps is the most noticeable change. The trims have been altered too, with the two choices now SE and AMG Sport. The engines have been given quite an overhaul too, with a hike in efficiency across the range.

To find out exactly how good the latest iteration of this incredibly popular car is and how it compares against the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6, read on for our full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review.

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