Mercedes-Benz E Class variants
Total price
Monthly payment
Figures are based on a 20% deposit

Finance representative example (PCP)

Total cash price £23,699. Borrowing £18,959 with a £4,740 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£324.39
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£31,282.68
Cost of credit
£7,583.68
Optional final payment
£10,972.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Mercedes E-Class buying guide

What Mercedes E-Class trim levels are there?

Most E-Classes sold in the UK come in sporty AMG Line guise but, if you don’t want that, look out for SE or Sport trims. These get a more restrained look, but still plenty of kit including LED headlights, heated front seats, push-button start, cruise control and sat nav.

AMG Line is the first of several sporty-styled trims, and often comes with a little more equipment than SE/Sport models. Above that is AMG Line Edition or AMG Line Premium, depending on the age of the car. Top-spec AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus (yes, really) gets a Burmester sound system, black trim and a panoramic sunroof – unless you’re buying the convertible, of course.

Mercedes E-Class interior and technology

The Mercedes S-Class might be the brand’s flagship, but few people will have any complaints about the quality in the E-Class. Every car gets wood trim, snazzy ambient lighting, real metal and leather upholstery, not to mention all the gadgetry to entertain you while you’re chalking up the miles.

Two large, crisp screens come as standard: a digital dial display and a touchscreen infotainment system that runs Mercedes’ MBUX system. Don’t fancy smudging the screen with greasy fingerprints? There’s also a touchpad that is useful for entering letters in a postcode, and you can even control the system with your voice if you say ‘Hey Mercedes’.

Mercedes E-Class engine range explained

(Most popular) Mercedes E-Class E220d diesel

For many people, the entry-level E220d diesel will offer the best of both worlds. It’s quick enough for real-world driving, with 0-62mph dealt with in under eight seconds, but can return 55mpg if you’re gentle with the accelerator. Like most of the E-Class engines, it can tow over two tonnes, which is plenty for a medium-size caravan or trailer.

Mercedes E-Class E300d diesel

The E300d uses the same 2.0-litre engine as the E220d, but with power turned up from 200hp to 265hp. On more recent models, Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system comes as standard, helping to knock a second off the E220d’s 0-62mph time and providing grip in inclement weather. Up to 48mpg is achievable.

Mercedes E-Class E400d diesel

Moving up to the range-topping E400d diesel means you get a six-cylinder 2.9-litre engine with 330hp. This engine is very smooth and is faster than a diesel engine has any right to be, being able to outsprint the majority of hot hatchbacks. Fuel economy isn’t really the point of this engine, but you’ll still manage 40mpg on longer runs.

Mercedes E-Class E200 petrol

As with the E220d diesel, the E200 might be the entry-level petrol engine but you probably won’t feel short changed from it. For drivers with a low-to-medium annual mileage, the E200 is a great choice. It matches the E220d for acceleration and returns up to 39mpg.

Mercedes E-Class E450 petrol

That big number signifies a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine with 367hp. It’s impressively quick and will suit if you don’t want the racy looks and high running costs of the AMG performance models. Four-wheel drive is standard, and 31mpg is possible.

Mercedes E-Class E300e hybrid

The first of two plug-in hybrids, the E300e uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 122hp electric motor for a total of 320hp. Use all that power and you’ll be whisked from 0-62mph in under six seconds, but the 13.5kWh battery also enables a 35-mile electric range. If you live in a city with a low-emission zone, for example, the plug-in hybrid will really appeal.

Mercedes E-Class E300de hybrid

Mercedes is the only carmaker that currently offers a plug-in hybrid featuring a diesel engine. This is aimed at long-distance drivers who might also do some city driving, as once you’ve used up the battery power you’ve still got the fuel economy of a diesel engine. It’s just a shame the battery cuts into boot space.

Mercedes-AMG E53 petrol

The first AMG-tuned E-Class model might have mild-hybrid tech, but don’t think it prioritises fuel economy over performance. It’ll nudge 30mpg if driven gently. Perhaps more interestingly, it’ll accelerate to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds.

Mercedes-AMG E63 S petrol

If you want the luxury of an E-Class with the heat of a naga chilli, check out the full-fat E63 S. With a stomping 612hp from a thunderous 4.0-litre V8 petrol and four-wheel drive, it hits single-lane speed limits in just 3.4 seconds. Supercar pace with five-seat space – and room for the dog if you get the estate version. You’ll end up being on first-name terms with your local petrol station attendants, though.

Your Mercedes E-Class questions answered

Now in its fifth generation, the current Mercedes E-Class has been on sale since 2017, and was facelifted in 2021 – so you’ll spot a mix of pre- and post-facelift cars for sale at Motorpoint. Pre-facelift cars have two LED strakes in the headlights, while facelift cars have an upturned grille and more sharply angled headlights.

The E-Class comes as a four-door saloon and as a practical five-door estate, as well as a svelte coupe and convertible.

With an abundance of space in the rear seats and a big boot, the Mercedes E-Class is quite a big car. It measures just over 4.9 metres long, just like the BMW 5 Series does, so it will fit in a standard parking space. Luckily, a reversing camera and parking assistance both come as standard, so you won’t be sweating into the plush leather every time you visit a car park.

The E-Class saloon has a 540-litre boot, while the estate has 100 litres more (it’s one of the biggest-booted estates you can buy) and a more versatile tailgate opening. It’s worth noting that the hybrid models have a smaller boot than other versions, and there’s often a big step in the middle of the boot to accommodate the batteries.

The E-Class is available with a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines, none of which are lacking in power. Most are decently economical, too, and the plug-in hybrids are capable of over 150mpg if you drive them as intended. Of course, if you’d rather burn a lot of fuel and go quickly, there are the red-hot AMG versions as well.

Like so many other premium cars, the E-Class's scores in reliability surveys leaves a little to be desired. There are no widespread reports of common issues, but electrical gremlins has cropped up from time to time.

As with any car, keeping your E-Class fully serviced on time is the best form of defence against unexpected failures, along with carrying out any unscheduled maintenance as soon as it appears.

You can choose an extended warranty when buying your E-Class. This kicks in once the manufacturer's coverage runs out and will protect you from unexpected mechanical or electrical repairs.

Mercedes is a premium brand building upmarket cars with heavily engineered parts. That means all maintenance, including replacement parts and skilled labour, will cost a bit more than it would for an affordable car from a mass-market brand.

It's worth spending the money, however, because keeping up with scheduled maintenance is the easiest way to make sure your E-Class is worth as much money as possible when you come to sell it. Missed services or untreated issues will shave thousands of pounds off your car's value.

The E-Class is an expensive car, so it's a good thing that it's also a very accomplished all-rounder. There's lots of passenger and cargo space, and Mercedes has elegantly trimmed the cabin in plush materials to help it feel a cut above most premium rivals.

It's also smooth and effortless on the road – as you'd expect from a car bearing the three-pointed star. Powerful petrol and plug-in hybrid engines offer hushed performance, or you can go for one of the long-legged diesel engines to cover vast distances with minimal fuel stops.

You'll pay for the privilege, of course. The E-Class is expensive to buy and will cost noticeably more to maintain than a lesser car from a cheaper brand. That's the price of admission to Mercedes ownership, however, and the payoff is the E-Class's laundry list of talents.

There are a handful of advantages to buying a used Mercedes E-Class.

The main one is depreciation – the first owner will have suffered the fastest rate of depreciation, ie. immediately after buying the car. That means you not only save thousands on the brand-new list price, you also lose less money over time because the speed at which the car's value falls will slow down.

Buying used also means easy availability. You might have to wait many months between ordering a new E-Class and the car actually being built, whereas a used version is ready to go as soon as you buy it.