Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review (2009-2016) MK4

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

Mercedes E Class Exterior Front

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2009-2016)

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class should undoubtedly be on your shopping list if you like comfort, style, and the luxury feel of an executive car

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  • Sleek design inside and out
  • Variety of engines
  • Excellent long distance cruiser
  • Rivals are less expensive
  • Variants with stiffer suspensions affect comfort
  • Older models can feel dated
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What's the Mercedes-Benz E-Class like?

Many people would love to own one of these consummate cruisers, and many others – mainly business users – get to drive one on a regular basis.

As well as the saloon and the cabriolet, there are estate, coupé and sporting AMG versions available, but if your choice is the AMG, make sure you can live with the stiffer suspension, which does affect comfort.

All of the last series built between 2009 and 2016 have a very stylish design both inside and out, and of course, they're highly-rated when it comes to reliability too.


Petrol engine choices start with a 1.8-litre turbo that has 181bhp and go up through a 2.0-litre with the same output, to a 3.5-litre with 290 to 300bhp and a 5.5-litre with 380bhp.

Diesel is represented by the venerable 2.1-litre, with power ranging from 134 through 167 to 201bhp in different models, or a 3.0-litre with between 208 and 265bhp.

Performance is good in all, with even the 1.8-litre capable of 0 to 60mph in around 8.0 seconds. The 3.5-litre V6 petrol covers the same sprint in a scorching 6.1 seconds.

But many of the cars available will be diesels and most of them will be the 2.2-litre, which in E200 form takes 9.9 seconds for the 60mph sprint and in E250 form takes a much better 7.3 seconds.

This model is the economy champ, with a government figure of 64mpg, apart from the rare diesel/electric hybrid, which manages 68mpg with just 110g/km emissions.

Almost all with be fitted with Mercedes-Benz’ excellent 7-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox, although a few lower order cars come with a 6-speed manual as standard.

Driving Experience and Practicality

We all know that Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with descriptions like up-market, quality, and refinement.

The E-Class is a car built for long distance comfort and hushed cruising, at which it excels, but it still takes the corners with plenty of grip and not too much roll. The steering has good feedback for the driver.
Peter Hayward

There was a major facelift in 2013, with a completely redesigned front end and headlights and the number of trim levels being reduced to just two, but still with a myriad of options.

Even the engines were given a boost in efficiency, with improved emissions and economy.


Avantgarde spec gives you heated leather seats electrically adjusted in the front, traction control, alarm system, audio remote control, parking sensors and loads of seat and column adjustment.

Most will probably have had a sat nav added to that by the original owners, but if you go for an AMG Sport model, it comes as standard together with a CD and DVD player, sports seats, sat nav, and cruise control.

There's a bewildering range of engine, gearbox, trim and extra trim combinations, so just make sure the one you aim to buy has all the kit you want.

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If you're looking for an up-market executive car with excellent comfort for cruising long distance, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is likely to tick all your boxes. The exceptional refinement and endless variety of powerful and economical engines earn the E-Class a top spot in the used car market.