Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review (2018)

Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Caroline drives the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Despite the onslaught and popularity of SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class remains Mercedes' bestselling model in Ireland. Not only that, the E-Class is also Ireland’s bestselling premium car.

In 2016, Mercedes-Benz launched this new generation of their classic premium saloon; in 2018, the E-Class star quality shows no signs of abating.

On sale in Ireland from €48,200, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has classy good looks and executive presence. AMG Line models like the one tested look particularly well with AMG bodystyling and 19” alloy wheels.

What's it like inside the Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Inside, Mercedes-Benz brings the game on further, nailing premium contemporary interiors in the E-Class with a stunning design, exquisite materials and ‘show-stoppers’ like the 64-colour ambient lighting system. The interiors of the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6 are nice; but are they this nice?

It’s hard not to feel stately behind the wheel of the E-Class and that’s just how it should be. Leather upholstery comes as standard as do comfort features like climate control, cruise control, parking sensors, reversing camera and heated front seats. The 'Mercedes-me Connect' infotainment system comes with a 12.3" screen and has plenty of functionality, but could do with some more modern graphics and can be a bit fiddly to use.

Safety equipment includes Attention Assist and Active Brake Assist. There are three trim levels – Avantgarde, Exclusive and AMG Line – and numerous options to choose from.

Interior of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The interior of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

There’s space for five with large footwells in the rear - though a large transmission tunnel makes the middle seat more challenging, like in other rear wheel drive rivals. The boot is a competitive 540 litres, so should hold its own for the modern executive's needs.

What's the Mercedes-Benz E-Class like on the road?

Automatic gearboxes across the range add to the affable nature of the E-Class. The launch of the E-Class in 2016 saw the arrival of a new four cylinder 2.0-litre diesel. In Ireland this 194hp model is badged E220d and it’s a big seller here for its combination of power and economy. Motor tax is just €200 per year. The E220d AMG Line model on test has a list price of €53,085.

The E-Class is a smooth, effortless drive with an onus on comfort rather than sporty driving dynamics. Though it holds the road well with decisive steering, a BMW 5-Series is more fun in that regard. There are a number of driving modes including Sport and Sport+ modes that add urgency to the throttle and tighten everything up a bit more.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class remains a class act!

For buyers of large saloons who like to feel special behind the wheel, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class delivers. Cocooned in luxury, with striking refinement and comfort, the E220d offers a neat balance between power, economy and value, and there are plenty of comfort features on board too. As a refined, comfortable luxury car, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class remains a ‘class’ act!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz E220d AMG Line Automatic
€53,085 (Available from €48,200)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Torque: 400Nm
7.3 seconds
Top speed: 240km/h
Claimed Economy: 
CO2 emissions:  
Motor tax: 
€200 per year

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Pricing For Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is arriving in Ireland next week, with pricing from €55,700.

Visually, it has a longer, sleeker, less upright look than the E-Class Saloon, and you can still choose between two different grilles. The Exclusive line has a classic radiator grille with bonnet-mounted star, while more sporty Avantgarde and AMG lines have the star motif centred within the grille.

A load sill guard in stainless steel and integrated roof rails are standard.

Practical features inside include rear seat backrests that split fold 40:20:40 and a 670 litre boot that can expand to 1,820 litres. The rear backrests can be tilted forwards to create an extra 30 litres of boot space. Towing capacity is up to 2100kg.

There is also a backwards-facing rear seat within the luggage area. When needed, it can be folded open to accommodate two children, increasing passenger carrying space to seven, and then folded into the floor when not in use.

In Ireland, the E-Class Estate range kicks off with the E220d Avantgarde Automatic at €55,700. Models in Exclusive trim start at €58,085 and an AMG line at €61,415, and they will both be available to order.

Following in time will be a E350d, E350e Hybrid and a powerful E43 AMG.

Caroline Kidd

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016)

Mercedes-Benz E-Class On Sale (2016)

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016)
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016)

Mercedes-Benz is on a mission to overtake BMW and become the world’s number one car manufacturer in the luxury market by 2020. New product is a key part of that strategy: 8 new models and 6 facelifted models were launched in 2015 and there are more new cars on the way this year.

One of those, the new E-Class, has just arrived in Ireland. Now in its tenth generation, the E-Class has grown in length by 43mm and has a 65mm longer wheelbase compared to the outgoing model. It remains a sleek, elegant car and is instantly recognisable as a Mercedes-Benz – that’s regardless of whether you go for the traditional louvered grille and body mounted star, or grille with large inset star (yes you can choose).

The new interior is pure class from top to bottom and Mercedes-Benz has mixed the traditional executive feel well with the style and technology demanded by today’s premium car buyer.  An 8.4 inch touchscreen infotainment system comes as standard and can be controlled via a dial on the central console and by innovative new touch-sensitive finger swipe buttons on the steering wheel. Two high-resolution 12.3 inch display screens are available as options and are also a first for the segment.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Interior is pure class

What's new for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The new E-Class debuts new driving aids, safety equipment and exciting tech that will give buyers a taste of autonomous driving – the optional Drive Pilot allows the car to cruise effectively on auto pilot with the car controlling speed, braking, acceleration, gear changing and even overtaking.

Mercedes-Benz has invested heavily in a new diesel engine family and the E-Class debuts with this new four cylinder 2.0-litre diesel. The new diesel engine, badged E220d, is a significant improvement in terms of power, economy and noise suppression over the outgoing 2.1-litre diesel. There’s more power (194bhp) and CO2 emissions have been lowered to just 102g, so the car will prove economical for owners (motor tax of €190 per year and a claimed fuel economy of 72.4mpg). Later in the year we will see the arrival of a lower powered version of this new engine (154bhp).

Anything else?

There are three trim levels for the new E-Class on the Irish market (Avantgarde, Exclusive and AMG Line), and all cars comes as standard with a 9-speed ‘9G-Tronic’ automatic gearbox.  You can mix the design lines, for example select an Avantgarde spec car but choose an AMG Line exterior for a sportier look.

Pricing for the range starts at €52,850 for an E220d Avantgarde Automatic, an €850 price reduction over the outgoing model but with more standard kit including parking assist, heated front seats, full leather upholstery, reversing camera, LED lights, satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, ambient lighting, climate control and cruise control. Exclusive models start at €55,210 and AMG Line versions at €57,650.

The lower-powered E200d will have an entry price of €50,550.

The saloon will be joined by an E-Class estate later in the year, and there is also an E350e hybrid in the pipeline.

Read a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review.

Caroline Kidd