What used Mercedes E-Class saloon will I get for my budget?
Fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class ownership starts from £7000 provided you’re happy to settle for an early model with a high mileage, or a Category C or D write-off.
It would be wiser, though, to find £9000-£10,000 and look for either a later car or one that has covered fewer miles, although if it’s a petrol model you’re after you can’t afford to be too picky as the vast majority of E-Class’s were diesel. In fact, even the hybrid is more common on the used market than a conventional petrol engine.
Some of the best value E-Class Saloons sit around the £14,000-£15,000 bracket, where you’ll find either a late pre-facelift model or an early facelift car from 2013 with a sensible mileage.
If you’re after an E63 AMG version expect to pay upwards of £25,000 and insist on a full service history and plenty of evidence that the car has been cared for by its previous owners.
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes E-Class saloon?
There was a good reason that diesel E-Class Saloons were so popular: they are the most affordable E-Class to run. In fact, driven carefully you can expect as much as 50mpg out of an E200 BlueEfficiency diesel, or 46mpg out of the E220, which uses the same 2.1-litre engine but with more power. That’s more efficient even than the E300 Hybrid in normal motoring.
If you do want a petrol car the 1.8-litre entry level model used for pre-facelift E200s needs to be worked so hard that you’ll struggle to get decent economy; better to opt for the post-facelift E200 with its 2.0-litre unit.
For servicing, once the car is out of warranty you will be able to reduce costs by using an independent Mercedes specialist, because franchised Mercedes dealers don’t offer a fixed-price servicing scheme for older cars like BMW and Audi do. Even then, don’t count on it being as affordable as a mainstream model such as a Ford or a Skoda.