Used car review: Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2009-2016)

DaveHumphreys

31 Jan 2022

1/9
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been a stalwart of the executive saloon segment for many years, and this W212 generation now makes for a solid used buy.

YesAuto Score:

70/ 100

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  • Interior quality and design
  • Interior tech
  • Interior space
  • Boot space
  • Engine performance
  • Engine economy
  • Ride and comfort
  • Handling
  • Driving and safety tech
  • Fit for purpose

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PROS:

+ Facelift model looks far better

+ Estate option is huge inside

+ Comfort and refinement are high


CONS:

- Some auto transmissions aren’t great

- Interior design now looks dated

- Less engaging to drive than rivals


Verdict: The Mercedes-Benz E-Class vied for honours in the competitive executive car segment by prioritising comfort and refinement, and it remains true to this day.



Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2009-2016) review: the five-minute read


For generations the Mercedes-Benz saloon car has symbolised comfort, quality and often some of the most innovative new technologies and safety features. The E-Class sits in the super competitive executive car class where its rivals include the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF and Lexus GS.


The W212 E-Class that appeared first in 2009 had quite a striking design, with a new take of the split headlight design that had been a design feature since the second-generation W210 model. Their sharp lines suggested a contemporary look that was also reflected in the taut bodywork that ran along the car’s flanks. Not everyone was a big fan of the look and when the car was facelifted in 2014 the headlights were replaced by single units that proved to be less divisive. 


On the inside the E-Class began to adopt features that are now a staple part of the current models, such the relocation of the automatic gear selector from the centre console to the steering column. Doing so differentiated the E-Class from its rivals and helped to free up more space in the centre of the cabin. 



Those lucky enough to remain seated in the rear can enjoy generous levels of space and comfort. Ideally, it best suits two adults in the back, though it will fit three without too much of a squeeze. There is a transmission tunnel to work around if you’re seated in the middle position, but if that isn’t in use, there is a solid armrest that can fold down and contains a pair of cupholders. The two outer rear seats also include Isofix points should you need to install some child seats.



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Extended read…



Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2009-2016) interior and infotainment



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Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2009-2016) driving


Where the E-Class differentiates itself from its nearest German competitors is how much comfort and refinement it provides on the move. If you’re expecting keen handling and an involving driving experience, then you may want to look in the direction of a BMW 5 Series. But if you love arriving at your destination, even after a couple of hundred miles, feeling as if you’ve just sat into the car, then the Mercedes is for you. 



The E-Class is impressively quiet even at motorway cruising speeds, and having the recommended tyres fitted will help ensure this remains the case, so do look at this when viewing a used car. The suspension does a superb job of soaking up any ripples and lumps on the road. With the exception of the rapid AMG versions, comfort is the main focus of how the E-Class’ suspension is set up and it suits the car’s nature well. It still handles well and holds a steady line when cornering with accurate steering and decent stopping power is always on hand. 


Engine choice also plays a big role in how the mid-size Mercedes shifts and the diesel options suit the E-Class better. The E 220 is a popular choice and a good all-rounder, though if you prefer smoothness, it’s worth choosing the V6-powered E 350. 


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DaveHumphreys

31 Jan 2022