Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon 2006 - 2009 review

Category: Executive car

The Mercedes E-Class is a great executive model that majors on comfort and refinement

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon (06 - 09)
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon (06 - 09)
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon (06 - 09)
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon 2006 - 2009 review
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What's the used Mercedes E-Class saloon like?

This version of the Mercedes E-Class is a heavy revision of the previous car, rather than an all-new design. The changes include a modified chassis, new engines and a refreshed cabin, as well as some advanced driver aids and safety technology.

The E-Class places the emphasis on ride comfort, but it is also enjoyable to drive with reasonable handling.


The Mercedes E-Class is a great executive model that majors on comfort and refinement

  • Refined, classy and well finished
  • Not the best car to drive
  • Reliability questions

There's plenty of space to stretch out inside the E-Class, but the large transmission tunnel and limited headroom mean the rear seats are better suited for two people, rather than three. The boot is spacious and sensibly shaped.

Ownership cost

What used Mercedes E-Class saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mercedes E-Class saloon?

When it comes to depreciation the diesels are king and, as a result, highly attractive to used buyers. Consider a petrol model only if it's cheap and you don't intend to do many miles.

The smallest diesel averages 44.8mpg, while the E280 CDI achieves 39.2mpg and the E320 CDI 38.7mpg. The petrol models aren't as efficient, with the E220K averaging 34.4mpg, while the E280 does 30.1mpg. The E350 averages 29.1mpg, the E350 CGI 32.5mpg and the E500 24.6mpg.

Emissions for the diesels range from 167g/km to 194g/km, while the petrols don't fare as well, with start at 195g/km, and rise to 273g/km.

Mercedes dealers are an expensive place to service an old car, and you won't harm the car's value if you use a reliable independent garage.

Our recommendations

Which used Mercedes E-Class saloon should I buy?

Of the eight engines available, the diesels are by far the best options.

The 168bhp E220 CDI is a great starting point to the range, and the most common on the used market. Although it's not fast, it has enough power for a car of this size. The 187bhp E280 CDI is more enjoyable to drive, and a good trade-off between power and economy. There's also an E320 CDI with 221bhp, but it's not that common.

If you really want a petrol E-Class, consider the supercharged E200K with 182bhp or the 228bhp E280. There is also a 255bhp E350 and a 388bhp E500. A fuel-efficient 288bhp E350 CGI was introduced in 2008.

The majority of E-Class examples are automatics; manuals are less desirable unless fitted to the smaller-capacity engines.

Classic models get climate control, wood trim, cruise control and alloys, while Elegance adds chrome detailing and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Avantgardes have xenon headlamps, part-leather seats and window glass that reflects bright sunlight. Sport models get lowered and tuned suspension, upgraded alloys and full leather trim. In mid 2008 the Executive SE edition was added, based on the Classic but including upgraded wheels, exterior and cabin trim.

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