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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon review

2016 - 2023 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 54.6
” Luxurious, practical executive car brimming with clever tech “

At a glance

Price new £35,865 - £106,380
Used prices £11,147 - £71,642
Road tax cost £0 - £600
Insurance group 28 - 49
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Fuel economy 22.8 - 217.3 mpg
Range 377 - 886 miles
Miles per pound 3.3 - 27.8
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Available fuel types



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Pros & cons

  • Exceptional comfort and noise isolation
  • Stunning interior design and finish
  • Genuine five-seat accommodation
  • Some rivals are more fun to drive
  • Limited boot on hybrid models
  • Can get expensive with options

Written by Tom Wiltshire Published: 12 December 2023 Updated: 13 December 2023


Mercedes-Benz has been making luxury executive cars longer than just about anybody, and that certainly shows with the E-Class saloon car. While the name dates back to the 1990s, the model line has been going since well before that – and with that much development, it’s no surprise the E-Class is popular the world over with everybody from CEOs to taxi drivers.

It’s something of a technological tour de force – brimming with clever safety kit and luxury equipment. Key competitors are the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, but there are less obvious choices such as the Jaguar XF, Lexus ES and Volvo S90, too.

The standard E-Class range is unashamedly focused on comfort, but to compete with such talented and wide-ranging opposition it can’t rely on being a one-trick pony. As such, there’s an E-Class to suit nearly everybody, with pragmatic plug-in hybrids making all the right green noises at one end, and the fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG E-Class making a rather louder noise at the other.

Unusually, both petrol and diesel plug-in hybrids are offered, while all of the conventional combustion engines now come with 48v mild-hybrid technology. Diesel traditionally makes up the bulk of E-Class sales – and for good reason. Superbly refined and efficient yet more than powerful enough for a relaxed cruise, they’re effortless engines and perfectly suited to the E-Class’s character. 

All versions are united by a level of in-cabin luxury and technology rivals struggle to match. Combined with the slightly imperious feeling that comes with the three-pointed star, this is more than enough to ensure the E-Class remains an aspirational and highly coveted automobile.

Keep reading for our full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review, which covers all aspects of this premium executive car in expert detail.