MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS DIESEL ESTATE E220d SE 5dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2150 g/km

Cars are rarely as crucial to their makers or buyers as this E-Class model is to Mercedes. This full-sized Executive segment contender is the backbone of the German company's range and a perennial favourite of the corporate car park. This improved version of the tenth generation model is more appealing than ever, retaining a sensible side but dialing up the desirability, aiming to offer a smarter, more prestigious approach to Executive class motoring than its closest competitors. It does so with a range of ever-more efficient engines, which contiue to include the 2.0-litre diesel unit you'll find in this volume E220d variant. Plus, there's astonishing technology and comfort that makes you question the need for a larger luxury saloon. Rivals from Audi, BMW and Jaguar should be worried.

E ON THE WAY UP

The tenth generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a stronger proposition in this improved form, especially in this volume E220d diesel guise. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Cars are rarely as crucial to their makers or buyers as this E-Class model is to Mercedes. This full-sized Executive segment contender is the backbone of the German company's range and a perennial favourite of the corporate car park. This improved version of the tenth generation model is more appealing than ever, retaining a sensible side but dialing up the desirability, aiming to offer a smarter, more prestigious approach to Executive class motoring than its closest competitors. It does so with a range of ever-more efficient engines, which contiue to include the 2.0-litre diesel unit you'll find in this volume E220d variant. Plus, there's astonishing technology and comfort that makes you question the need for a larger luxury saloon. Rivals from Audi, BMW and Jaguar should be worried.

Background

No car epitomises what Mercedes-Benz stands for better than this one - the E-Class. This version is the most advanced yet, which is essential of course. When your rivals include cars as good as the Audi A6, the BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF, you can't afford to not to try and set the standard. With is why this MK10 model E-Class claims the classiest cabin, the most efficient running costs and the most advanced technology in the segment. Advanced driver assistance features even allow it to take a step closer to fully autonomous driving. Many potential E-Class owners will be funding their car with company money, so they and their Fleet Managers will be totting up the figures very carefully. As Mercedes has in creating the class-leading fuel and CO2 stats on offer in the case of the volume E220d variant we're trying here.

Driving Experience

Mercedes has achieved a superb balance between comfort, quiet and agility with the E-Class. It's as happy swanning through town or covering great distances along the motorway. More surprising is how at home it feels on more wiggly roads, where its excellent suspension makes light work of corners. To get the best from the car, you'll want the 'AIR BODY CONTROL' pneumatic suspension that can be fine-tuned with the 'DYNAMIC SELECT' controller. This is standard on the E400d and an option on this E220d, but it's money well spent to give the car such a breadth of talent. Backing up this broad array of skills, the 2.0-litre turbodiesel in the E220d is right up there with the best in class for refinement. Even when pressed hard, it refuses to be noisy or harsh, which all adds to the feeling of assured quality in the E-Class. For those who need the extra power for their own desires or perhaps to tow a horsebox, the E400d's straight six turbodiesel is equally smooth and comes with a massive slug of torque at little more than tickover. Strong acceleration for both diesel models and add to the appeal.

Design and Build

Any notion that an executive car from Mercedes has to be sober is blown away by this E-Class. With much of its style borrowed from the sleek S-Class luxury model, it brings an immense grace to the car and makes you feel good about it long before you've even opened the door. Of course, the looks and appearance of any car are subjective, but it's hard to argue this is not a very handsome machine, especially in this updated form. 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

This E220d with its 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is the volume E-Class variant. With 194hp, it has all off the performance most drivers will ever need and it also provides company car tax-friendly emissions. Prices for this diesel sit in the £40,000-£45,000 bracket before you start to add any extras. While that might be a little more than some of the Mercedes' key rivals, you'll get much of the difference back in higher residuals. All E-Class models come with the 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox as standard and the overall cost tends to balance out compared to direct competitors from Audi, BMW and Jaguar. 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 4MATIC 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 most E-Class customers, diesel engines will be at the top of their priority list. The best seller in the range is this E220d and, for this tenth generation E-Class, Mercedes has fitted a 2.0-litre turbodiesel. It makes a big difference to this most popular version of its large executive saloon as the E220d now delivers up to 53.3mpg (saloon - WLTP - combined consumption). On top of that, carbon dioxide emissions are very competitive at up to 139g/km (WLTP). These stats are all the more impressive when you consider this E-Class is now also quicker and refined. Making the E-Class able to travel further for every gallon of fuel it uses obviously cuts down on emissions. To take that even further, Mercedes has fitted an 'AdBlue' reservoir. This 23-litre tank contains a urea additive that mixes with the hot exhaust gases from the engine. As the urea combines with these fumes, it turns many of the harmful chemicals into nothing more noxious than water and nitrogen - and that's what makes up most of the Earth's atmosphere. This tank should last the distance between routine services, but it can also be topped up if necessary.

Summary

Without any hesitation, we can say the E-Class remains a bastion of Mercedes design principles. That makes it a very serious contender for your attention in the full-sized Executive sector. Nothing new there, perhaps, but what it does offer that's been missing a little in the past is the extraordinary levels of refinement as you drive. The result is a car that appeals to Mercedes' core buyers but also has the ability to attract new customers looking for something to cover huge miles in comfort. There's no doubt the E-Class will rack up those distances without raiding the bank, either. This E220d variant's 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is a very significant motor for the E-Class, and not just because it powers the best seller in the range. It's among the most frugal in its class and has lower emissions than most rivals, which means it makes sense for the large number of business drivers who make up the bulk of buyers. In short, it's a very complete proposition.

  • Green tinted glass
  • Rear wiper
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium

  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Hill start assist
  • Hill hold assist
  • Active brake assist

  • Velour floor mats

  • Rear air suspension with level control
  • Agility control sports suspension with selective damping system and lowering by 15mm

  • Cruise control with variable speed limiter
  • Direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • Active parking assist and reversing camera
  • Attention assist
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Blind spot assist

  • Stop/start system
  • Boot release from drivers seat
  • Remote boot release
  • Easy-pack tailgate - Powered opening/closing automatically

  • Outside temperature display
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Brake wear warning light
  • Analogue clock
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • SD card based satellite navigation system
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Touchpad with control wheel
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

  • Light carbon grain aluminium dashboard and door trim + Centre console in black open-pored ash wood

  • 25 litre AdBlue tank
  • 66 litre fuel tank
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Audio 20 with USB, control wheel and Media Interface with Bluetooth interface and hands-free function
  • 2 USB ports in centre console
  • Aerial integrated in rear window
  • High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
  • 2 USB ports in the rear

  • Chrome roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Visible twin exhaust tailpipe in bumper
  • Radiator grille with integral star and 2 louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
  • Polished aluminium waistline

  • LED rear lights
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED High Performance headlamps including integral LED daytime running lamps

  • Automatic dual-zone climate control system

  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Lockable/illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Storage compartment with 12V socket in centre console
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Folding shopping box
  • Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
  • Front door sills with illuminated Mercedes lettering
  • 3 spoke black nappa leather steering wheel

  • Courtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality
  • Interior rear light/integral reading lights
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting

  • Seat comfort pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • Parking package including Active parking assist - E Class
  • Stowage pack - E Class Estate

  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Driver and passenger side/thorax airbags
  • Active bonnet
  • Window airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Black seat belts
  • Driver/front passenger airbag
  • Seat occupancy sensor
  • Seatbelt warning

  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Heated front seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
  • Four way partially front electric seat adjustment
  • ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats

  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Keyless Start
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 17" 5 spoke light alloy wheels painted in black with a high-sheen finish

  • Tyre fit with tyre inflation compressor

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.094
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.056
  • HC+NOx: 0.067
  • Particles: 0.0004
  • CO2 (g/km): 125
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 150

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1950

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 51.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 65.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: d
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 31E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 77
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 62
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 194
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True

  • Engine Power - KW: 143
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Power - BHP: 194
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 146
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2065
  • Height: 1475
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4933
  • Width: 1852
  • Wheelbase: 2939

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1815
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2460
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 640
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 645
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1182
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo metallic paintwork: £895
  • Designo Magno Paint: £1,795

  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £685
  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685

  • Solid - Black: £0
  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Diamond white: £895
  • Designo metallic - Hyacinth red: £895
  • Designo magno - Selenite grey: £1,795

  • Leather - Black: £0
  • Leather - Macchiato beige/black: £0
  • Leather - Hazelnut brown/back: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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