Long a luxury sedan benchmark, the E-Class places comfort, function and good reflexes above glitzy flash. Passengers are treated to a plush ride, comfortable and supportive seats, as well as an impeccably finished interior. Yet the driver's wants aren't neglected, with responsive handling, taut body control and ample power from the E350's 302-hp V6. This car pampers and proves it can dance as well.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Rear side and head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2000.
Road Test

Long a luxury sedan benchmark, the E-Class places comfort, function and good reflexes above glitzy flash. Passengers are treated to a plush ride, comfortable and supportive seats, as well as an impeccably finished interior.

Yet the driver's wants aren't neglected, with responsive handling, taut body control and ample power from the E350's 302-hp V6. This car pampers and proves it can dance as well. While not overtly sporty, the Mercedes is athletic and has the chops to qualify as a sports sedan. Highly capable handling is aptly combined with great balance and composure. This makes it all the more commendable for serving up a fabulously cushy ride and an extremely quiet cabin too. Expect 21 mpg overall from a rear-wheel-drive E350.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
convertible
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.1-liter 4 turbodiesel (195 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (329 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (329 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 turbo (402 hp)
  • 5.5-liter V8 turbo (550 hp)
  • 5.5-liter V8 turbo (577 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Air leak noise when driving in windy weather on passenger door window. Dealer tested it on a calm day and found no noise i.e. didn't listen to my description. Others note the noise."

Annette L., IL (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

"Front passenger side window leaks air in windy conditions. Dealer could not duplicate in calm weather, saying no problem found. Consistently occurs in windy weather."

Annette L., IL (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Car delivered with rattles and vibration noise that dealer has not been able to correct"

Ronald K., IL (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG 5.5-L V8 turbo)

"When convertible top closed, loud noise was heard at rear boot. Repaired free of charge due to known issue and bulletin from MB."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 5.5-L V8 turbo)

"There is a pop in the headliner area when turning a sharp uphill or downhill turn like backing out of a driveway."

Steven K., OR (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 BlueTec 2.1-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Intermittent rattle in center of dashboard near central air vents. Difficult to find because most of the time it was not there. But, when it was it was very annoying. It took four years (reported at every annual service). Dealer took our complaint seriously. During the last two service visits the dealer kept our car for several days and appeared to expend substantial effort in time and parts to try to fix the problem. We were treated well and are very satisfied with our MERCEDES-BENZ dealer. We always had a MERCEDES-BENZ loaner and although the final repair was done after our warranty was over, we were never charged for any of the work. Who would have thought that a rattle could build a good relationship."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

"Entire car squeaks. and has wind noise"

Jack K., CA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

"A bolt in the sunroof worked loose. Required headliner to be removed to fix. Just an annoyance rather than a major problem"

Anonymous, AB (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 4.7-L V8 turbo)

"Started shortly after purchase. Dealer never resolved until I determined the problem. Dealer then repaired."

Anonymous, (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 4.7-L V8 turbo)

"Intermittent rattle in dashboard. Dealer disassembled the dash , found a bent part believed to have caused the rattle and replaced it with a new correct part.Rattle is much less frequent and lower in intensity. Dealer worked hard on this problem and while not completely fixed, it is not the source of irritation it once was."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Rear window seal failed and had to replace rear window as seal is part of the window. Was covered under OEM warranty."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 5.5-L V8 turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"When MB used google maps input destinations were easier to use and more accurate"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Just stopped working"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.5-L V6)

"Will often not pair with existing devices."

Robert B., NC (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 4.7-L V8 turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Turn signals failed. Wound not return to neutral. Repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Voice control commands

"Voice message are NOT understood at all. I have to repeat a message like "Cancel Route Guidance" multiple times before the action happens. Also, the voice computer accepts the message agreeing to CANCEL, but then it does not cancel, but continues citing directions. REALLY IRRITATING!"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"They said it was worn out and under our warranty to replace when the rotors were repaired."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 BlueTec 2.1-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Rotors

"They wore out, as well as the pads. We live at the bottom of a steep long hill, and the car was shaking when the brakes were applied."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 BlueTec 2.1-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Squeaking

"Brake pads squeak from almost day 1"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rear spoiler was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Molding around the door interior shredding. Has become somewhat unsightly ."

Anonymous, (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"this has been discussed in prior surveys, paint came off hood down to primer. no help from MB"

Robert J., MA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 BlueTec 2.1-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"It stopped working $700 to replace"

Jack K., CA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

"Had to replace entire auto panel"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Don't know - not fixed yet"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 BlueTec 2.1-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Started mid 2019, was resolved within a week"

Anonymous, (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 BlueTec 2.1-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"led clip broke inside headlight"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

"Adaptive headlights have a built-in cooling fan. Sometimes when turning off the car, the fan would stay running and never turn off. Battery would deplete and car would not start for reason of dead battery. Needed jumper cables to start car."

Anonymous, (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 BlueTec 2.1-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Developed catastrophic engine failure without any warning. Had to have entire engine replaced as it knocked out pistons, crankshaft and cylinder head. MERCEDES-BENZ did not want to cover as not in warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Distributor or rotor failure

"crankcase position sensor caused erratic shifting"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"On a routine inspection at the MERCEDES-BENZ dealership, the differential leak was identified. The dealership notified me and told me it was completely covered by the MERCEDES-BENZ COP warranty program. The problem was completely repaired in a timely manner at $0 cost to me. Highly satisfied with the MERCEDES-BENZ approach nd program."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"It doesn't work with the toll transponder in place on our windshield"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat controls - power

"the air driven contour seats stopped working. dealer replaced air pump."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

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