Like its bookend siblings -- the compact C-Class and flagship S-Class -- the E-Class embraces the same curvaceous design language that brings it into line with the current family theme. With its redesign, this iconic sedan remains competitive, but Mercedes-Benz shifts the focus of the E-Class toward handling agility and fuel economy, with less emphasis on ride comfort and roominess.
Alerts
There are 17 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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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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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

Like its bookend siblings -- the compact C-Class and flagship S-Class -- the E-Class embraces the same curvaceous design language that brings it into line with the current family theme. With its redesign, this iconic sedan remains competitive, but Mercedes-Benz shifts the focus of the E-Class toward handling agility and fuel economy, with less emphasis on ride comfort and roominess. Unfortunately, it also adopts some of the least intuitive controls known in the car world.

The E300 is the volume leader of the E-Class line. Previous generations of the E-Class used a V6, but this version is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The lower cylinder count brings some sacrifice in outright acceleration, but car seldom suffers from any shortness of pace. Fuel economy gains are considerable, with the E300 attaining 24 mpg overall -- a commendable result for an all-wheel-drive sedan of this size.

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
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (241 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (329 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (396 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"At one time the whole audio system won't play sound, I had to restart the car to get it to work. This is not a Bluetooth pairing issue since the radio won't play either"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"iPod frequently freezes when attached via USB and must be rebooted"

Anonymous, BC (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Needed to replace the antenna and housing"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The maps are hopelessly out of date. A $300 Garmin on the dash would do a better job. Also, the auto manufacturers still think it's good business to charge $200 for map refreshes when a Garmin comes with "lifetime" updates!"

P A., AZ (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The navigation is clearly a rewrite of the 2014 E navigation and is full of bugs and can be dangerous to use. Sometimes, it tells me to make a right turn when there is no possible turn and a few seconds later, it tells me that I should make a left turn. Sometimes, it can not find the destination and takes me in circles. The car should be recalled"

G W., MD (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"difficult to enter address verbally at times"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"Phone was synced at the dealer and now is not. Haven't figured out why yet"

Anonymous, MS (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"The speakers rattle at low to medium bass volume, sounds like the speakers are mounted loosely with missing screws, or a scratch in the cone. This makes the quality of the speakers worse than a $10K car. At one time the audio system completely failed and no sound can be played, I had to cold-restart the car"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"Rattle noise coming from dashboard and rear view mirror. Very cheap plastic!"

Mazin D., TX (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Unknown source of rattling sound. Mercedes dealer was unable to eliminate rattling when brought car in for service"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300)

"dashboard panel in front of driver rattled requiring 2 visits to the dealer for the warranty repair"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Unusually high wind noise at speeds 50 and above"

Howard G., NC (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Same problem as stated for vibration"

Raphael P., AZ (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"With less than 2000 miles I started car and steering wheel vibrated violently and warning light stating NOT to drive car. Had it flat bedded to dealer. Was repaired but loss use of car for five days"

Raphael P., AZ (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"One headlight broken in a collision. Took 3 months to repair, required 2 replacement headlights to fix with a total replacement cost of $8800 (eight thousand eight hundred). Fortunately, covered by insurance and warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Motor failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Heater system

"My heater is set to a specific temperature, but after 3 minutes or so, it starts blowing colder air, not warm. I've been told that the system is "smart" to make sure I don't overheat when I brought it in for service, but I don't believe this because my prior Mercedes (same coupe model) did not do this, and it does not do this from an air conditioning perspective (it does not become warm, ever). It's bad because I cannot get warm at times!"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

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

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

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.

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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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