For Pick the right Mercedes E-Class, and it does what Merc does best – comfort and safety. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are good, and standard equipment is outstanding.
Against If you're looking for the thrusting drive of a Jaguar XF or the style of a BMW 5 Series, you'll be disappointed. The Mercedes E-Class is thoroughly conservative. Most versions simply aren’t refined enough.
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Comfort is the Mercedes E-Class' big strength, but then again, that’s exactly what you expect from a Merc. Choose carefully, though
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There are 13 Mercedes-Benz E-Class versions available
Target Price team says:
Many buyers don't want a thrusting sports saloon; they just want something that will make journeys relaxing, calm and comfortable. That's exactly what the Mercedes E-Class delivers.
Provided you choose the right one, that is. Each version comes on a different suspension set-up, which changes the car’s character. The SE’s soft suspension is comfy, but the handling is a little soggy. AMG Sport models are firmer, while the models with air suspension are terrific, but pricey.
There’s a wide range of engines to choose from, too, but we reckon the E350 CDI diesel is the pick of the range because it’s smooth and strong, and averages over 45mpg. True, the E220 CDI, E250 CDI and E300 Hybrid models are even more efficient, but they sound far too grumbly, which ruins the car’s refinement.
Reader test team says:
As the latest 2013 model, it does look good. The front like a old model 5 series and the rear looks like the previous e class. This car looks huge…
It does everything I had previously read about an E350...quiet, relaxed, refined and effortless in the way it covers distance in serene quiet and…
The best car I have bought yet. I went for the manual option and the sport version of the E250 saloon. It still does great mpg. I have only done…