2020 Mercedes-Benz E Class Review

5/5

Overview

The Mercedes Benz E Class is a car that covers a wide variety of angles. You can purchase it in coupe, estate and cabriolet forms as well as some high performance models. The 2020 line up has rear and four wheel drive systems on offer as well as a range of four, six and eight cylinder engines which can be powered by petrol, diesel or hybrid technology. The new version also has some fresh looks and some interesting new technology to ward off the competition.

Pros
  • Larger boot space than its competitors
  • Elegant styling
  • 12 inch touch-screen as standard
Cons
  • The boot opening could be more square

Exterior

The new car looks more aggressive than the predecessor with elegant chrome trim, new taillights and twin exhausts. Still, the styling is remarkably understated with only subtle upgrades on display. A reprofiled grille, LED headlights and sharper lines are some of the interesting improvements Mercedes have made. 

Interior

The fit and finish of the interior of the E Class is very much typical Mercedes in that it is classily minimalistic and full of high-quality materials and soft-touch plastics. The centrepiece of the dashboard is the two standard 12.3-inch screens behind the steering wheel which give the driver the option of showing the usual instrumentation of a myriad of different displays. The switchgear is nicely damped and precise while electrically adjustable seats that include lumbar support come as standard. The boot has a wide opening and ample space at 530 litres with some handy tethering points and luggage hooks. There is also plenty of head and leg room for occupants inside. 

Performance

Both new engines use mild hybrid technology along with the aforementioned petrol and diesel variants. The car responds to being on the open road with the small boost from the electric motor on the hybrid version being particularly useful. When in Sports Mode it is particularly enjoyable, gripping corners with ease and can keep up with hot hatches on a twisty road. A good all-rounder for performance and efficiency. 

Reliability

Mercedes has fared somewhat disappointingly in recent reliability surveys although the German giant is working towards rectifying these issues. 

Running Costs

The 220d makes a case for itself as the star of the line up in this instance. With a top speed of 149 miles per hour, 0 – 100 kmhr in 7.3 seconds and a combined average of 72.4 miles per gallon, it is hard to beat. All models come within the cheaper tax brackets and every model of the E Class boasts impressive fuel efficiency relative to the engine power.

Handling

The E Class is notorious for being great over bumps and this model is no exception, holding its own against some renowned b-road specialists. With a subtle, supple driving experience and fluent body control, this is not a car that lacks agility. 

Safety

The E Class received a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating which is not surprising when one considers the vast array of safety features on offer, including auto braking, LED headlights and no less than nine airbags.

Summary

Exterior
90%
Interior
100%
Performance
90%
Reliability
75%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
100%
Safety
100%

The Mercedes Benz E Class is a car that covers a wide variety of angles. You can purchase it in coupe, estate and cabriolet forms as well as some high performance models. The 2020 line up has rear and four wheel drive systems on offer as well as a range of four, six and eight cylinder engines which can be powered by petrol, diesel or hybrid technology. The new version also has some fresh looks and some interesting new technology to ward off the competition.