Mercedes E-Class review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Performance & drive

Mercedes E-Class 2021 rear
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 front
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 rear
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 dashboard
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 rear seats
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 infotainment controls
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 stationary
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 side view
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 front
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 alloy wheel
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 rear lights
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 front seats
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 back seats
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 steering wheel
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 front
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 rear
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 dashboard
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 rear seats
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 infotainment controls
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 stationary
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 side view
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 front
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 alloy wheel
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 rear lights
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 front seats
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 back seats
  • Mercedes E-Class 2021 steering wheel
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Our pick of the Mercedes E-Class engines is the 191bhp 2.0-litre E220d diesel. It blends good fuel economy with enough grunt that you don't need to rev like billy-o to hit motorway speeds. When you do give it some beans, it’ll sprint from 0-62mph in 7.4sec, which is about as quick as a BMW 520d. If you want a diesel with more poke, there’s the 261bhp E300d 4Matic or the 326bhp 2.9-litre six-cylinder E400d 4Matic, a stonking bit of kit that’ll hit 62mph from rest in 5.1sec.

For the cheapest company car tax, though, you need one of the plug-in hybrids. The E300e EQ Power uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. Together they deliver 316bhp and 0-62mph in 5.9sec. It proved quicker than the BMW 530e at our test track, effortless on the road and its official 34-mile electric range is up to scratch, too. The E300de EQ Power is just as quick and has the same electric range, but uses a gruntier diesel instead. Both hybrids are a lot slower in electric-only mode but still hit 70mph, just in a more leisurely fashion.

Suspension and ride comfort

The Mercedes E-Class doesn’t ride perfectly but, to be frank, none of its rivals do either, unless you pay more money to get adaptive suspension. The E-Class has an adaptive set-up as standard and it's softer than a standard-spec BMW 5 Series M Sport. It's not as well controlled in Comfort mode, though.

What does that mean? Well, it'll jostle you around over lumpy or broken roads but stays pretty calm on motorways. It's generally more forgiving than the M Sport when you hit a pothole or speed bump, but it takes an extra bounce or two to settle down afterwards. Bigger alloy wheels make the ride worse.

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