Mercedes E-Class (2016-2023) review - Interior, design and technology

A high-quality cabin, plenty of practicality and lots of tech make the Mercedes E-Class easy to travel in

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.7 out of 5

Price
£55,600 to £86,600
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From the outside, the Mercedes E-Class takes styling inspiration from the larger S-Class, and it ditches its predecessor’s boxy design in favour of the limousine’s more svelte curves. While the design might not be to everyone’s tastes, the higher-spec AMG Line model has lots of kerb appeal. A facelift in 2020 brought some changes to the exterior, with redesigned lights, a new grille and reprofiled bumper.

Step aboard, and the interior also takes its design cues from the S-Class, with a minimalist approach to the dashboard layout. The fascia flows across the cabin, featuring four circular air vents in the centre, while the twin 12.3-inch screens display crisp, sharp graphics. 

There is a striking new steering wheel design, housing touch-sensitive controls for functions such as volume, cruise control and the digital driver information. It takes a little getting used to, but the systems it controls are still typically up to the mark.

You can’t fault the technology on offer, however. Self-parking is standard on the Sport trim, as is a reversing camera, LED headlights, Mercedes’ Active Brake Assist, sat-nav, climate and cruise control, heated seats and a wireless smartphone charging plate integrated into the storage tray in front of the centre console.

Upgrading to the Premium specification brings bigger 19-inch alloys and a 360-degree camera control, while the Night Edition Premium Plus versions add an inch to the wheel size, along with black gloss trim and a panoramic sunroof. Allied to the advanced tech inside, the E-Class’ interior puts the A6 and 5 Series in the shade, and beats the Jaguar XF, too.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Mercedes' MBUX infotainment is up there with the best systems in the class, featuring sharp graphics, quick responses to any inputs and the latest tech. The logical menu layout means it's easy to navigate your way through the different menus.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    E220d Sport 4dr 9G-Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £39,270

Most Economical

  • Name
    E300e AMG Line Advanced 4dr 9G-Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £67,160

Fastest

  • Name
    E450d 4Matic AMG Line Premium 4dr 9G-Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £79,145
Executive editor

Paul was employed across automotive agency and manufacturer-side sectors before joining Auto Express in 2020 as our online reviews editor. After a brief sojourn at a national UK newspaper, Paul returned as executive editor where he now works closely with our commercial partners.

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