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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Has just the right image; it's smooth and comfortable, too

Against BMW’s 5-series is - just - better to drive and quicker

Verdict Leads the pack for refinement and space

Go for… E200 Classic auto

Avoid… E500 Sport

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon
  • 1. If you stick to the smaller engines and basic Classic trim, you get 99% of what’s best about the car at a value price
  • 2. The cabin is solidly screwed together and should remain rattle-free
  • 3. If you're looking at an E320 CDI, ask the previous owner if it has suffered starting problems
  • 4. It's important to choose the right colour: pale metallics hold their value best, dark blue and green the worst
  • 5. An E-class is costly to insure, with even the cheapest models in group 15
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