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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Overall verdict
Mercedes has thrown everything it knows into the new E-Class. You can tell.


Terrific refinement, class-leading technology, interior quality


Accomplished rather than inspirational


What is it?

It’s the fifth generation of the car Mercedes bigwigs acknowledge as the heart of the company. No pressure here, then. Although it looks very much like a larger C-Class or smaller S-Class, worryingly so depending on your point of view, the latest E-Class is a stellar technological statement.

It’s also bigger and roomier than the previous model, but uses high-strength steel and aluminium in its structure to reduce weight. The big-selling axis of the range, the 220d, also gets a radical new all-alloy four-cylinder diesel engine, the upshot being a car that weighs 100kg less than the model it replaces. There’s also a 350d, with further versions to come.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
E63 S 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
3.4s 245g/km 26.2 612 £96,180
The cheapest
E220d SE 4dr 9G-Tronic
7.3s 118g/km 62.8 194 £38,285
The greenest
E300de AMG Line 4dr 9G-Tronic
5.9s 39g/km 316 £50,225