What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Excellent comfort and refinement; wide range of engines

Against Not as sharp to drive as its rivals; conservative styling

Verdict The E-Class is relaxing, discreet and easy to live with, if a little dull compared with some rivals.

Go for… E350 CDI

Avoid… E500

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon
  • 1. The E-Class is roomy, with generous accommodation for four adults.
  • 2. There’s a choice of three suspension set-ups: the SE’s is too soft, while the Sport’s is too hard, whereas the Avantgarde strikes a good balance between the two.
  • 3. The boot is usefully square and large at 532 litres, but folding rear seats are available only as an optional extra.
  • 4. Diesel models are by far the most popular and account for the majority of cars on the used market.
  • 5. Fuel-injection problems on diesel models are the most serious fault, with remedial work being expensive if not carried out under warranty.
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