The journey of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon unfolds like a tale of evolution and excellence, rooted in a history that spans generations. As the successor to more than 16 million cars that have graced the roads since the inception of Mercedes’ ‘upper mid-range’ lineage, the E-Class Saloon emerges as a pinnacle of luxury, performance, and innovation.
The latest iteration of the E-Class Saloon stands as a testament to Mercedes’ unwavering commitment to crafting vehicles of unparalleled luxury and engineering brilliance. While technically the sixth generation, the E-Class legacy stretches back over five decades before the name was officially coined, cementing its status as a cornerstone of automotive history. With more than 16 million units sold, the E-Class Saloon has captured the hearts of discerning drivers across the globe, becoming a symbol of sophistication and driving pleasure.
In the realm of executive saloons, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon faces its perennial rivals: the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6, the Jaguar XF, and the Volvo S90. Amid this fierce competition, the E-Class Saloon stands as a true contender, poised to redefine driving dynamics and luxury. While the BMW 5 Series has often set the benchmark for handling in its class, the latest E-Class begs the question: “Is it as good as a 5 Series yet?”
The E-Class Saloon launch in the UK introduces a trio of potent powertrains, each promising a blend of performance and efficiency. The lineup includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 201bhp (E 200), a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 194bhp and 325lb ft (E 220 d), and a sophisticated plug-in hybrid variant. The latter marries a 127bhp electric motor with a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, delivering a combined output of 308bhp. This electrified powerhouse can sprint from 0 to 62mph in a brisk 6.4 seconds, accompanied by an electric-only range of 62 miles, courtesy of its 25.4kWh battery.
As Mercedes-Benz sets the stage for a new era of luxury saloons, the E-Class Saloon comes equipped with innovative technology. The mild hybrid configuration, featuring an integrated starter generator and 48-volt technology, characterizes the entire lineup. However, the UK market will miss out on Mercedes’ acclaimed air suspension (except for the upcoming E-Class Estate) and the ingenious rear-wheel steering feature. While the latter’s omission is a minor setback, the absence of air suspension on UK models raises eyebrows, given the diverse road conditions.
The sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon ushers in a new chapter in the storied legacy of a marque that continues to redefine luxury and performance. With an illustrious history dating back to a time before its official nomenclature, the E-Class Saloon remains a paragon of automotive elegance. As the competition among executive saloons intensifies, the E-Class Saloon stands tall, ready to captivate and conquer with its unparalleled blend of opulence, power, and innovative technology.