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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

The 2010 E-Class ranks in the top third of its class. It has good safety scores, an above-average reliability rating, and an upscale interior. The E-Class’ main detraction is its high ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Spacious, comfortable seats
  • Solid safety scores
  • Difficult-to-use infotainment system
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • High ownership costs




Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 10.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.5
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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

Is the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class a Good Used Car?

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a good luxury midsize car. Available as a sedan or coupe (reviewed separately), the E-Class earns excellent safety scores, offers a comfortable ride, and provides an attractive, spacious interior. However, its infotainment system is tricky to use, and it has below-average fuel economy estimates for the class. This is a good car for those seeking a lot of luxury at a relatively low price, though you should be aware that the E-Class has some of the highest ownership costs in the class.

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How Much Is the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Our site has more than 350 listings for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with an average price of $15,600. Prices range from $12,000 to $20,000, depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cost to Own?

The 2010 E-Class’ five-year expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be around $41,800, or about $8,360 per year. That’s above average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New E-Class?

For the 2018 model year, Mercedes-Benz redesigned the E-Class coupe and convertible, following the redesign of the sedan and wagon for the previous model year. Models in the new generation have several features and new body styles that you can’t get in the 2010 model, such as a head-up display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You’ll also get the benefit of a new-car warranty. A new E-Class may cost a lot more, but it’s a much better vehicle overall.

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There aren’t many new cars – and no new luxury midsize cars – with a similar base price to the average price of a used 2010 E-Class. Even a fully loaded 2010 E-Class costs thousands of dollars less than any new luxury car.

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Which Model Year of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Is Best?

Mercedes-Benz redesigned the E-Class for 2010, and it’s a good buy. It features several updates over older models, including slightly more room for occupants, improved fuel economy, and a restyled exterior and interior design.

The later models offer different body styles and engines. Consider 2011-and-newer models if you’re looking for the wagon or convertible body styles, or a diesel V6 engine. The 2012 models received a stronger and more fuel-efficient engine. For 2013, Mercedes-Benz added a hybrid E-Class to the lineup. The 2014 E-Class received a new engine, new available safety features, and a new exterior style. A new E400 turbo V6 engine was added for 2015, and the hybrid was discontinued for 2016.

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How Reliable Is the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2010 E-Class has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz Recalls

At the time of this writing, four recalls have been issued for the 2010 E-Class. These include rupturing air bags and a problem involving the loss of power steering. Make sure these issues have been addressed before buying this car.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Model Is Right for Me?

The 2010 E-Class sedan comes in E 350, E 550, and high-performance E63 AMG trims. The base Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 350 trim is well-equipped, so it should satisfy the needs of most buyers. Standard features include a sunroof, leatherette upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a driver drowsiness monitor, and a Pre-Safe forward collision warning system. The base model also comes with the COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch display, an auxiliary port, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker stereo. The coupe adds leather sport seats.

When the car was new, it was available with several options, plus the Premium 1 package, Premium 2 package, and Driver Assistance package. You may find models with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, a night-vision camera, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, HD radio, satellite radio, navigation, split-folding rear seats, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a massaging driver’s seat, and a rear-seat entertainment system. Available safety features include parking sensors, a rearview camera, and adaptive headlights.

Performance-oriented shoppers should consider the E 63 AMG that’s equipped with a 518-horsepower 6.3-liter V8 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. It has a retuned suspension, and you can customize your driving experience with several modes, including Sport, Sport Plus, Manual, Race Mode/Launch Control, and C (for controlled efficiency).

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How Safe Is the E-Class?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2010 E-Class sedan four out of five stars in the front crash test and five stars in the side and rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2010 Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests.

A driver drowsiness monitor and Mercedes-Benz’s Pre-Safe forward collision warning are standard across the lineup. Several driver assistance features are available, including automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and a night-vision camera.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2010 BMW 5 Series?

Both the 2010 BMW 5 Series and the E-Class are fine choices in the luxury midsize car class. The 5 Series is available as a sedan or wagon, while the E-Class is available as a sedan or coupe. The 5 Series is one of the best performers in the class. Its rapid acceleration, adept handling, and strong brakes make it a joy to drive. It also has lower ownership costs than the E-Class. However, the Mercedes has a ritzier interior and higher safety scores, and its sedan body style has a little more trunk space and a higher reliability rating than the 5 Series. Shoppers seeking comfort should prioritize the E-Class, while those looking for a more engaging ride should consider the 5 Series.

Which Is Better: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2010 C-Class is a luxury small car, which is a size down from the E-Class, but it’s one of the best luxury small cars on the market. It has an excellent reliability rating, an opulent interior, and a sporty suspension that gives it composed handling. However, the only real reason to consider it over its larger sibling is price. On average, the 2010 C-Class is about $4,000 less expensive than the 2010 E-Class. Otherwise, the E-Class is a better bet. It has more room for passengers and cargo, a nicer interior, and higher safety scores. Both models offer a high-performance AMG model for driving enthusiasts, but the E-Class AMG puts out more power even though both their V8 are the same size.

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2010 E-Class Performance

How Does the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Drive?

The 2010 E-Class features a lineup of strong engines. Like the coupe version, the E350 sedan is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive – or 4Matic, as Mercedes-Benz calls it – is available. The E550 gains a 5.5-liter V8 engine that makes 382 horsepower, and the high-performance E63 AMG has a 6.3-liter V8 that generates 518 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes-Benz claims the AMG can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, which is excellent for a luxury midsize car.

With the E-Class’ 2010 redesign, Mercedes-Benz retuned the car’s suspension. The 2010 E-Class offers more athletic handling than it did in previous models. It also strikes a fine balance between agility and ride comfort. The AMG model adds a few sporty enhancements, including an adaptive sport suspension, performance brakes, and adjustable drive settings. It’s also available with a limited-slip differential that allows for increased control.

Does the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine and rear-wheel drive, the E-Class sedan earns an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, and the coupe returns 17/26 mpg city/highway. E550 models have slightly lower ratings of 16/24 mpg, while the coupe is estimated at 15/23 mpg. The E63 AMG fares even worse, at 13/20 mpg. All estimates are slightly below average for the class.

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2010 E-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2010 E-Class Seat?

The E-Class seats up to five people. Leatherette upholstery comes standard. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, multi-contour massaging front seats, split-folding rear seats, and a wood-and-leather trimmed steering wheel are available.

Regardless of configuration, the seats are comfortable and supportive. Along with the 2010 BMW 5 Series, the 2010 E-Class has one of the most spacious rear seats in the class. The cabin is attractive, filled with the premium materials and high-end luxury that you’d expect from Mercedes-Benz.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Features

Standard features include a sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a driver drowsiness monitor, forward collision warning, and the COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo, and an auxiliary audio jack. Available features include navigation, a Harmon Kardon surround-sound stereo, HD radio, satellite radio, and a handful of advanced safety features.

The COMAND infotainment system requires a learning curve. It has a large display screen, several buttons spread across the dash, and a central control knob.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cargo Space

The 2010 E-Class has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. Split-folding rear seats are available, expanding overall storage space.

2010 E-Class Length and Weight

Depending on configuration, the E-Class ranges from 15.4 feet long to about 16.1 feet long with the high-performance AMG sedan. Its curb weight ranges from 3,585 to 4,145 pounds.

Where Was the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz manufactured the 2010 E-Class in Germany.


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