Read Caroline’s Mercedes-Benz E-Class review for everything you need to know about buying Mercedes’s famous executive saloon in Ireland.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been a bestseller for the German brand for many years and is famous around the world for its luxury, technology and safety.

While in recent years Mercedes-Benz’ SUV models like the GLE and GLC have risen in popularity among Irish buyers, the E-Class has definitely not been outclassed by them. This new generation model certainly proves that.

The new E-Class is available with choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid and is selling well for the brand in Ireland so far in 2024.

Let’s take a closer look.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class on test for Changing Lanes
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

The new E-Class sees a subtle evolution of style compared to the previous model that keeps the executive DNA well and truly alive. It’s a classy and handsome saloon with the availability of two different grille designs that adjust the look somewhat – from grand to grander.

Avantgarde and AMG Line models come with the modern face of the brand – three pointed star in the centre of the grille finished with chrome studs in the shape of the Merc logo. The Executive line features the classic Mercedes-Benz louvred grille with star logo mounted on the bonnet. It’s a brilliant way to announce one’s arrival.

Power domes feature in the long, sculpted bonnet. There are also new LED headlights. The rear lights have a new illumination in the shape of the Mercedes’ star. Alloy wheel sizes vary from 17- to 19-inch depending on model. There’s also new flush door handles, which pop out on approach and are elegantly illuminated at night.

Interior

The cabin is stunning and truly feels a step ahead of rivals like the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. It’s an expensive car but wow does it feel it inside.

The cabin of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The cabin of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Synthetic ‘Artico’ leather upholstery comes as standard, and is available in a variety of colours. The front seats have power adjustment, lumbar support and a memory function. Real leather upholstery is also available as an option. The steering wheel is finished in soft Nappa leather. Black open pore ash wood trim in the dashboard comes as standard but other options are available including the ash wood with a glam backlit Mercedes-Benz star pattern. The cabin is illuminated beautifully at night by ambient lighting. It’s incredibly well-built.

The biggest upgrade comes in respect to the digital screens and technology on board. There’s a crisp full digital driver display with a few different views available. There’s also a new high-resolution 14.4-inch central media display with the latest MBUX infotainment and voice control. It looks very impressive and has new features that include games and the ability to make a Zoom call from the car. The lack of physical buttons for the climate control does feel like a backward step and is trickier to adjust than in the previous car.

Mercedes-Benz has also introduced the ‘Superscreen’ option for the E-Class, where your passenger gets their own screen too.

Practicality

The E-Class offers luxury accommodation for those lucky enough to be a passenger. The back seat will sit two adults in comfort with plenty of legroom and headroom. There is a large centre tunnel, as is typical with rear wheel drive executive saloons.

The Saloon offer 540 litres of boot space, which is competitive with its rivals. There’s also an E-Class Estate available. Plug-in hybrids have less boot space at 370 litres.

The new E-Class is offered with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engines
The new E-Class is offered with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engines

Engines

The popular E 220d on test uses a four cylinder diesel engine with 197hp and 440Nm of torque. It’s still a brilliant option for the E-Class offering a range over 1000 kilometres on a full tank of fuel. It’s economical to run (4.8-5.2 litres per 100 kilometres) and is a smooth operator with the standard 9-speed automatic gearbox. You really couldn’t wish for more.

There’s also a four cylinder petrol engine (‘E 200’) and a six cylinder diesel (‘E 450d’).

The new generation E-Class petrol and diesel plug-in hybrids can drive electric for a region of 100 kilometres, which is very impressive.

Driving

The E-Class sits on a revised platform of the previous generation car that also underpins the latest C-Class, S-Class and GLC. It’s a stunning car to drive, offering incredible comfort and refinement for a truly luxurious driving experience. It’s very relaxing to drive across all sorts of roads, and deals with the Irish tarmac exceptionally well.

Its rear wheel drive agility means it can hustle along with a great degree of skill too, with plenty of power and torque from the diesel for swift performance. Like in other Mercs, the Dynamic Select system allows you to alter the behaviour of the car by shifting between different modes like Sport, Comfort, Eco and Individual.

Rear seating in the new E-Class
Rear seating in the new E-Class

Pricing

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes on sale from €80,525 for the E 220d and from €82,130 for the E 200. The E 300 e is available from €79,785 and the E 300 de from €81,705.

Verdict

Luxury saloon cars never really go out of fashion – and definitely not Mercedes-Benz’ ones. The E-Class is a lesson in luxury and refinement at an incredibly high level. While it won’t be a car that appeals to every buyer, it’s hard not to be utterly in awe of it. It’s more expensive to buy but leaves rivals behind when it comes to pure opulence, and now even comfort and refinement levels. If you’re in this market for a luxury car, you can’t go wrong with a new E-Class.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a brilliant executive car
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a brilliant executive car