Long a luxury sedan benchmark, the E-Class puts comfort, function, and good reflexes over glitzy flash. Passengers are pampered by a plush ride, extremely comfortable and supportive seats, all ensconced within an impeccably finished interior. Cruising in an E-Class is a relaxing, satisfying way to munch the long distance miles.
Alerts
There are 8 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.

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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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.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 puts comfort, function, and good reflexes over glitzy flash. Passengers are pampered by a plush ride, extremely comfortable and supportive seats, all ensconced within an impeccably finished interior. Cruising in an E-Class is a relaxing, satisfying way to munch the long distance miles. Yet the driver's wants aren't neglected, either, with responsive handling, taut body control and ample power from the E350's 302-hp V6. Clearly, the E-Class not only pampers but proves it can dance as well. While not overtly sporty, the E-Class is athletic and even on a track proves to have the chops that would qualify it as a sports sedan. Ultimately, it possesses highly capable handling with great balance and composure. And that makes it all that more commendable serving up a fabulously cushy ride and an extremely quiet cabin. Expect 21 mpg overall from a rear-wheel-drive E350.

Both Luxury and Sport trim levels are offered. We've tried both and prefer the Luxury, which has a more comfortable ride and less tire noise. Regardless of which you choose, upright styling brings big windows and great visibility. Although not exactly simple, the controls are among the easiest in a luxury sedan.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

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.

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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)
  • 4.7-liter V8 turbo (402 hp)
  • 5.5-liter V8 turbo (577 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Car had multiple rattles. One in the driver's door is still there after multiple trips to dealer"

Anonymous, UT (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG 5.5-L V8 turbo)

"Unusual noise when closing convertible top"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 4.7-L V8 turbo)

"brakes needed to be re surfaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in the transmission gear selector arm"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

"Some whistling noise from front end when traveling at highway speeds"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 BlueTec 2.1-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Problems with top fitting"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 4.7-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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Cannot be paired with IPhone"

Sandra J., NJ (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Very unintuitive and difficult to use. I use Google on my phone instead"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Radio

"Would cut out then come back on shortly. Now it has been ok for awhile"

James T., FL (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Sensor on automatic tailgate on wagon was broken. Took more than a week to get part and fix"

Dennis F., CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350)
Glass defects

"Glass body panel above the windshield blew out"

Frank T., CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 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

Parking brake

"Parking brake sets itself sporadically when car is off. Unresolved after visit to dealer"

Dennis F., CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350)
Squeaking

"At low speeds brakes squeal"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Sensor too sensitive and could align to the normal status, got fixed by the dealer"

Anonymous, BC (2016 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

Cruise control

"Felt like we were being hit from behind. Bad sensors. Blind spot detectors also failed. Critical problem Run Flat Tires. Please contact roypeck@juno.com"

Roy P., TX (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 BlueTec 2.1-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Very unintuitive and difficult to use. The paddles under the steering wheel that simulate manual transmission are difficult to see and use. I was not told about them when I bought the car. I hit them without knowing it and my car could only do 6 mph on a busy freeway. I could have been killed"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Engine Major

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

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.

Climate System

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

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Paint/Trim

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

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