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Mercedes Benz E CLASS AMG SALOON E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic

Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
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Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz E CLASS E53 4Matic+ Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG32.50
  • 0-62mph4.5 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02200 g/km
  • BHP435
  • Torque384 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a reputation for buttoned-down efficiency. It's one that has been continued by this vastly improved version of the tenth generation design, which retains a sensible side but dials up the desirability, aiming to offer a smarter, more prestigious approach to Executive class motoring than its closest German rivals. It does so with efficient engines, astonishing technology and comfort that makes you question the need for a larger luxury saloon.

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In tenth generation guise, the Mercedes E-Class has set the standard for its Executive segment rivals. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer in the revised range.

Background

More than 1.2 million global customers have purchased this tenth generation E-Class in its saloon and estate forms since this W213 version was first introduced back in 2017. This updated model gets a smarter look and quite a bit of extra technology to keep it current in the face of fresh or updated rivals introduced since the original launch. No car epitomises what Mercedes-Benz stands for better than the E-Class. We've known it by that name since 1986 but the history of this model actually dates all the way back to 1953 and the introduction of the original 'W120' series design, widely regarded as the brand's first truly modern motor car. And this model has remained truly modern throughout the many generations since, pioneering everything from safety passenger cell technology to turbodiesel engines, innovation that continues here. Will it all be enough to frighten rivals as good as BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and the Jaguar XF? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Some full-sized Executive saloons claim to be sporty: cars like BMW's 5 Series and Jaguar's XF. Others, like this one, simply don't feel the need to try that hard - unless an AMG V8 happens to beat beneath the bonnet. It probably won't do. Electrification is the theme with this revised tenth generation model, with plug-in hybrid technology now available right across the range on the diesel engines as well as the petrol ones, plus as before, there's a choice of rear-driven or 4MATIC AWD drivetrain options. All models come with 9G-Tronic 9-speed auto transmission. The volume unit is the 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol powerplant that features on the base E200 variant, an engine which now features an improved 48-volt mild hybrid system now integrated into the casing of the nine-speed automatic gearbox. This lightly electrified set-up can produce up to 20bhp and 180Nm of extra torque to reduce the load on the petrol engine. Completely new to the E-Class line-up is the six cylinder petrol unit of the new E450 (borrowed from the CLS 450). As before, there's a petrol plug-in variant too, the E300e, which uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with a 13.5kWh battery; together, these power sources have a combined output of 333hp and 790Nm of torque. And there's an all-electric range of up to 35 miles. In the diesel range, things kick off with the 194hp 2.0-litre E220d with 400Nm of torque. There's also, rather uniquely, a diesel plug-in variant, the E300de, which has a 2.0-litre diesel engine paired with a 13.5kWh battery; the combustion engine produces 194hp, while the electric motor adds a further 122hp and there's an all-electric range of up to 34 miles. At the top of the diesel line-up is the six cylinder E400d 4MATIC, which produces 340hp and 700Nm. If you want a sporting E-Class with a potent petrol powerplant, there's also a revised version of the 3.0-litre biturbo mild hybrid six cylinder engine used in the potent Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ variant, which benefits from slightly more electrified assistance, though the total output (435hp) is the same as before. Beyond that, there's the 4.0-litre V8 E 63 4MATIC+ S model which offers 612hp. Even on mainstream E-Class models, handling should be sharper than you might expect, thanks to various 'Direct Control' suspension systems with selective damping. There's also the option of an 'Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension' set-up offering the kind of pillowy ride that will remind you of the larger Mercedes S-Class saloon. A 'Dynamic Select' switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from four 'Air Body Control' modes: 'Comfort', 'ECO', 'Sport' and 'Sport+'. The additional 'Individual' option allows drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.

Design and Build

The complete E-Class line-up includes saloons, estates, coupes and cabriolets but it's the saloon and estate that are our focus here. As facelift restyles go, this is quite a significant one. The front end features softer, re-shaped headlamps with full-LED beams and the grille's been revised too, as has the front bumper. As before, this tenth generation model displays hallmark Mercedes-Benz saloon proportions, the elongated bonnet coupled with a coupe-esque roof that flows into a sensual, broad-shouldered tail. The silhouette remains characterised by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut well-defined flanks displaying dynamic feature lines. At the rear end on the saloon variant, the previous rounded tail lamps have been replaced by wider, slimmer units which extend further across the back end and into a boot lid that now has a sharper upper edge. The estate body style has a rear section much as before. Inside, there's a new split-three spoke steering wheel with more responsive touch-sensitive buttons. And the standard offering sees the front of the cabin dominated by a couple of 10.25-inch screens, one for the instruments and the other for the infotainment functions. These are upgraded to 12.3-inches in size further up the range or at extra cost. What's really different though, is the fact that these monitors now work with the brand's latest MBUX interface, which means that you get far more sophisticated "Hey Mercedes" voice control and a lower touch-sensitive pad to replace the previous click wheel controller. As before, it does of course all feel suitably premium, with leather-covered doors and subtle ambient lighting. High-quality materials include open-pore woods, wood with what Mercedes calls 'a yachting look' and a novel metal fabric. Rear seat space is generous. And the saloon model offers a 540-litre boot, with folding rear seat backs able to extend that further if need be. As before, the E-Class estate is the biggest station wagon in the full-sized Executive segment, offering up to 1,820-litres of total fresh air.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £39,000, there's a £2,330 premium if you want the estate variant and the core trim options lie with base 'Sport', then various levels of 'AMG Line'-spec. Across the range, the standard specification is as complete as you'd have a right to expect for the prices being asked. All models feature a centre-dash 10.25-inch display, Parktronic parking sensors with a reversing camera and a Park Pilot self-parking system. There's also leather upholstery with heated front seats, LED headlights and taillights, 64-colour selectable LED interior lighting, two-zone automatic climate control, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with dual touchpads, electrically folding mirrors and 17-inch wheels. The 'AMG Line' models come with AMG exterior styling including unique bumpers and side skirts, larger 19-inch alloy wheels, perforated front brake discs, a three-spoke AMG steering wheel and Artico leather and Dynamica microfiber upholstery with a seat comfort package. The E400d model comes with Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension as standard, as well as COMAND satellite navigation with 12.3-inch display and remote online services. Safety-wise, a whole range of next-generation camera systems have now been introduced, including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist - now also with an exit warning feature.

Cost of Ownership

For a car that performs as broad a remit as the E-Class, encompassing everything from German domestic market taxi fleets to family transport, company cars and all points in between, there's a pressing requirement for the car to turn in some great efficiency measures. To that end, Mercedes has worked hard to improve running costs this time round, which are aided by the increased emphasis on electrification across the range. Let's look at the WLTP-rated figures, giving you the saloon stats. The E200 petrol manages up to 38.7mpg on the combined cycle and 165g/km of CO2. For the E450 4MATIC, the stats are 31.4mpg and 204g/km. The E300e petrol plug-in manages up to 176.6mpg and 37g/km of CO2. And the diesels? Well the efficient 2.0-litre biturbo diesel engine in the volume E220d model manages up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 139g/km of CO2. If you go for the six cylinder E400d diesel, the saloon version of that variant manages up to 42.2mpg and up to 176g/km - not bad for a 4WD high performance diesel full-sized executive model. The Plug-in diesel variant will really help your tax return; the E300 de offers a combined cycle fuel reading of 235.4mpg and an official CO2 reading of just 33g/km. And otherwise? Well this model series is designed for the long haul. There's plenty of proof of that: Greek taxi driver Gregorios Sachinidis clocked up 2.9 million miles in his 1976 240D and though build quality took a bit of a dip with the W120 series range we had between 1995 and 2003, it's now better than ever with this tenth generation version. This car will easily out-last you, one reason why all-important residual values have traditionally been strong with diesel and lower-order petrol engines. Unless you do something silly like specify an overly bright colour scheme, you can expect to get over 60% of your initial purchase price back after three years.

Summary

This enhanced version of the 'W213'-series Mercedes E-Class puts in an impressive performance. Beforehand it felt like quite an expensive car. Now it feels like one that's pricey but which offers a compelling value proposition. It drives with genuine polish, yet is capable of stepping from cruiser to carouser without breaking a sweat. Operating the car is relatively easy and you rarely feel as if it's imposing its will on you, unlike certain rivals we could mention. The abiding impression is that this is a very carefully considered vehicle, developed by a company steeped in a proud engineering tradition. The latest changes future-proof this E-Class a little further against the constant assault from its key rivals. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this improved tenth generation model though, is the fact that its appeal has broadened so far. It was once hard to see anybody under the age of fifty contemplating an E-Class. A more dynamic image and a focus on sharper design and driving dynamics has seen that demographic become younger. What's more, all this has been achieved without diluting this design's Stuttgart DNA - and without alienating its legacy market. That is the mark of a very special car.

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Exterior Features
AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts in high gloss black
Solid paint
Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
Adaptive brake lights
AMG lettering on centre console
AMG performance exhaust system
AMG spoiler lip
Arrow shaped wing signet in high gloss black with Turbo 4MATIC+ badging
Badging BITURBO 4MATIC+ lettering on front wings
Black chrome plated twin tailpipe trim elements
Body colour door handles
Chrome trim rear bumper in high gloss black
Electric panoramic glass sunroof
Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Front LED fog lights with cornering function
High gloss black door mirrors
LED rear lights
MULTIBEAM Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
Polished aluminium waistline
Pre-installation for roof rail systems
Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
Radiator grille with integral star and 2 louvres in high gloss black
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear wiper
Visible two twin pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper
Waistline trim strip in high gloss black
Driver Convenience
AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes - Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual
AMG main menu including RACETIMER and AMG start up display in cluster
Analogue clock
Attention assist
Blind spot assist
Boot release from drivers seat
Brake wear warning light
COMAND online system with Media Interface and HDD navigation with 12.3" colour display and cockpit display
Cruise control with variable speed limiter
Mercedes connect me
Multi function trip computer
Outside temperature display
PAS
Remote boot release
Service indicator (ASSYST)
Smartphone integration via Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, USB and Bluetooth interface
Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
Stop/start system
Touchpad with control wheel
Traffic sign recognition
Wireless charging
Entertainment
2 USB ports in centre console
2 USB ports in the rear
Aerial integrated in rear window
Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers
DAB Digital radio
Interior Features
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
AMG front sports seats
Auto dual-zone climate control system
Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Chrome door pins
Electric height/reach adjustable steering column
Floor mats with AMG lettering
Front and rear door pockets
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front door sills with illuminated AMG lettering
Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
Heated front seats
Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
Interior rear light/integral reading lights
ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
Lockable/illuminated air conditioned glovebox
Nappa leather upholstery
Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
Storage compartment with 12V socket in centre console
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Packs
Keyless Go comfort pack - E Class
Memory pack - E Class
Mirror pack - E Class
Parking package including 360 degree camera - E Class
Seat comfort pack - E Class
Stowage pack - E Class
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Active bonnet
Active brake assist
Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
Driver and passenger side/thorax airbags
Driver/front passenger airbag
Drivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brake
Electronic Stability Programme
Hill hold assist
Hill start assist
Perforated front brake discs and anodised silver brake calipers with "AMG" lettering
Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
Red seat belts
Seat occupancy sensor
Seatbelt warning
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Window airbags
Security
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
Chrome surround electric key
Technical
80 litre fuel tank
AMG ride control sports suspension based on Air body control air suspension
Trim
Black open pore ash wood dashboard and door trim + Centre console in black open pored ash wood
Contrast stitching
Wheels
20" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted black with high gloss sheen finish
Tyre fit with tyre inflation compressor
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.177
CO2 (g/km) 200
HC 0.037
Noise Level dB(A) 72
NOx 0.014
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 211
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2999
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 92.4
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 9 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 32.5
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 39.2
EC Urban (mpg) 24.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 9.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 14.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 9.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb 30.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 32.8
WLTP - MPG - High 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 19.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium 30.1
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 435
Coin Description 4Matic+
Coin Series AMG Premium Plus
Generation Mark 5
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 44E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 90
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 77
NCAP Safety Assist % 62
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 15500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 4.5
Engine Power - BHP 435
Engine Power - KW 320
Engine Power - RPM 6100
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 384
Engine Torque - MKG 53
Engine Torque - NM 520
Engine Torque - RPM 1800
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/35 R20
Tyre Size Rear 275/30 R20
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1447
Length 4959
Wheelbase 2939
Width 1860
Width (including mirrors) 2065
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 80
Gross Vehicle Weight 2495
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 540
Max. Loading Weight 550
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1900
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1945
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £1227.13 p/m £39.06 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £975.51 p/m £49.15 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £825.30 p/m £52.96 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £1472.55 p/m £46.88 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £1170.61 p/m £58.98 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £990.36 p/m £63.55 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Head up Display £825.00
Exterior Features
AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts in polished aluminium FOC
Designo Magno Paint £1,795.00
Designo metallic paintwork £895.00
Metallic paint £685.00
Top surround of side windows in high gloss black FOC
Packs
Driving assistance plus pack - E Class £1,695.00
Paintwork
Designo magno - Selenite grey £1,795.00
Designo metallic - Diamond white £895.00
Designo metallic - Hyacinth red £895.00
Metallic - Cavansite blue £685.00
Metallic - Iridium silver £685.00
Metallic - Obsidian black £685.00
Metallic - Selenite Grey £685.00
Solid - Black FOC
Solid - Polar white FOC
Trim
Nappa leather - Black with red stitch FOC
Nappa leather - Macchiato beige FOC
Nappa leather - Saddle brown/black FOC
* option prices shown are estimated