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Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.3
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranks in the middle of the luxury midsize car class. It has a premium cabin, a lineup of strong engines, and a silky ride. However, its total ownership costs are exorbitant, and many rivals earn higher safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • First-class cabin
  • Strong engine options
  • Comfortable ride
  • High ownership costs
  • Rivals have higher safety and reliability ratings

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class a Good Used Car?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a decent luxury midsize car. It comes in four body styles – sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon – and one of six powertrains, ranging from a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain to a brutish V8, and there’s even a diesel engine. The E-Class has an upscale cabin and a smooth ride that enables this car to glide over rough roads. However, many rivals have better reliability and safety ratings.

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Our Mercedes-Benz E-Class review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 58 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Our site has more than 500 listings for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with an average list price of $31,900. Prices range from $23,800 to $54,300 for this luxury midsize car, depending on its mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cost to Own?

The 2015 E-Class’ expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be around $34,600 over five years, or about $6,920 per year. That’s well above average in its class. For example, those same costs for the 2015 Infiniti Q40 are estimated to be around $4,600 less than the E-Class’ over five years.

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

Mercedes-Benz redesigned the sedan and wagon versions of the E-Class for the 2017 model year, and the coupe and cabriolet (convertible) variants were redesigned for 2018. These redesigned models have several updates that increase their value proposition, including stronger powertrains, restyled interior and exterior designs, and more convenience and tech features, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a head-up display. On the other hand, these later models cost a lot more. The 2019 E-Class sedan starts at $53,500. If those changes aren’t important to you, consider saving tens of thousands of dollars by shopping for an older vehicle.

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The price of a used 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranges from $23,800 to $54,300. There are several new luxury midsize cars that are priced comparably to the E-Class. The 2019 Lexus ES has a base price of $39,600, and the 2019 Lexus GS starts at $46,610. Both have ample trunk space, many standard safety features, and whisper-quiet cabins with comfortable seats. The 2019 Cadillac CTS ($46,995) is one of the top performers in the class, with punchy engines and sporty handling.

Shoppers looking for a new – but potentially more affordable – Mercedes-Benz would need to step down to a luxury small car. The 2019 C-Class retails for $41,400 and has more standard tech features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as several potent engines, including twin-turbocharged V8s in the AMG models.

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

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class belongs to a generation that launched for the 2010 model year. The wagon and cabriolet (convertible) body styles debuted for 2011, and every engine except the BlueTec diesel was retuned to give them more power and improved fuel economy for 2012. The E-Class gained a hybrid variant for the 2013 model year. For 2014, Mercedes-Benz lightly refreshed the E-Class, updating its interior and exterior styling and adding a new turbodiesel base engine, a few safety features, and a high-performance AMG S-Model.

For 2015, Mercedes-Benz released the E400 model with a turbocharged V6 engine. It replaced the E550 sedan and the E350 coupe and cabriolet models, and the hybrid was discontinued for 2016. Shoppers looking for the turbocharged V6 should stick with a 2015 E-Class. Otherwise, you can likely save money by shopping for an older model. The refreshed 2014 car is a good bet.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 E-Class a reliability rating of three out of five. This rating is about average for the industry as a whole, but many luxury midsize cars earn higher scores.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Recalls

As of this writing, there are seven recalls for the 2015 E-Class. Areas of concern include oil leaks, faulty air bags, seat-belt failure, a loss of electric power steering assist, and a rubber seal falling into the exhaust and potentially increasing the risk of a fire. Before buying this car, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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

The 2015 E-Class comes in four body styles: sedan, coupe, cabriolet (convertible), and wagon. 

The base model is the four-door E250 BlueTec. It features a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that makes 195 horsepower. It has a generous list of standard features, including a sunroof, MB-Tex synthetic leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors. You’ll also get the COMAND infotainment system with a USB port, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker stereo. Adaptive suspension dampers, automatic headlights, and alloy wheels are standard as well.

The E350 sedan has the same features, but it replaces the diesel engine with a gas-powered 3.5-liter V6 that produces 302 horsepower. The E350 wagon adds a power liftgate, a rear-facing third row, a rearview camera, and all-wheel drive.

Mercedes-Benz offered several options and packages when the E-Class was new, including the Premium package, Parking Assist package, Lane Tracking package, Driver Assistance package, Keyless-Go package, Sport package, and mbrace package.

You might find a used car with safety features like adaptive headlights, blind spot assist, lane keep assist, a surround-view parking camera, parallel park assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Other options include a panoramic moonroof, ventilated and heated front seats, leather upholstery, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, an electronic trunk closer, larger AMG twin 5-spoke wheels, voice controls, satellite radio, a Bang and Olufsen or a Harman Kardon stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, a navigation system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

E400 models come with a turbocharged V6 engine that makes 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. These models also include the contents of the Premium 1 package – a Harman Kardon stereo, navigation, satellite radio, a rearview camera, heated front seats, and rear-window sunshades – and the Lane Tracking package, which consists of blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist.

Performance-minded shoppers may want to consider the convertible or coupe versions of the E550, or the sporty E63 AMG models. Both have potent twin-turbo V8 engines. The AMG models take performance to the next level, adding a sport-tuned suspension, unique interior and exterior styling, upgraded brakes and steering, and Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive. The AMG sedan also offers an S-Model package that further boosts its power output.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz E-Class Warranty

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle for added peace of mind. Mercedes-Benz has an excellent CPO program, but rivals like Lexus and Infiniti have better ones.

Mercedes-Benz offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Mercedes-Benz vehicles that earn CPO status receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll just receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the E-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon each received an overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in front crash tests and five stars in side and rollover tests. The NHTSA did not test the coupe or convertible body styles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the E-Class sedan a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest accolade. The + also gave it the highest rating of Good in every area tested as well as a Superior rating for front crash prevention. Two-door models received Good ratings in the four areas tested.

The 2015 E-Class has a few standard safety features, such as a driver drowsiness monitor, a forward collision warning system, and the Mercedes-Benz mbrace telematics service. A rearview camera is standard in the wagon and available in the other three body types. Other optional features include blind spot assist with rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a rear collision warning system, Pre-Safe brake (automatic emergency braking), pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera, and parallel park assist.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2015 Audi A6?

The 2015 Audi A6 is a good luxury midsize car. It has a lot in common with the Mercedes, including a classy cabin, an about-average reliability rating, and potent powertrains. The Mercedes feels slightly smoother on the road than the A6 though, while the Audi has slightly sharper handling. The A6 edges past the E-Class because of its higher safety scores and easier-to-use infotainment system. The Audi also costs less to buy, saving you around $5,500 on average compared to the Mercedes.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2015 BMW 5 Series?

The 2015 BMW 5 Series slots right next to the A6 and E-Class among luxury midsize cars. This upscale cruiser has brisk acceleration and a premium interior. Like the Mercedes, the BMW features several powertrain options, including a six-cylinder turbodiesel, twin-turbo V8s, and a hybrid. The E-Class has higher safety scores, but the 5 Series has a better reliability rating. Both of these are decent cars, so choosing between them is a matter of personal preference.

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2015 E-Class Performance

How Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Drive?

This car is exceptionally smooth on the road, offering its occupants a gentle, refined ride. Mercedes-Benz offers six powertrains, with comfort and sport suspensions available as well.

The diesel-powered E250 BlueTec comes with a 195-horsepower, turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The E350 sedan and wagon have a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and the same transmission. The E400 Hybrid uses the same 3.5-liter engine but adds in an electric motor, and the E400 nonhybrid uses a 329-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. E550 models step up to a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 engine that puts out 402 horsepower.

The high-spec AMG models are next in line. The AMG Performance package became standard for 2014, so the 5.5-liter V8 engine now produces 550 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. An available S-Model package boosts performance to an eye-popping 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. All AMG models have a multi-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission, a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes, and standard all-wheel drive. The E63 AMG sedan accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, which rivals some sports cars.

With so many powertrains, the E-Class is positioned to meet the needs of most shoppers. The BlueTec and hybrid offer solid fuel economy estimates, while the high-performance AMG models provide raw power. The E350, E400, and E550 models balance potent power with refined handling, and these models hold their own on the highway and around town. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy in the E-Class varies depending on the body type and powertrain. The base E250 sedan with the BlueTec diesel engine gets stellar estimates of 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. That surpasses even the E-Class hybrid’s ratings of 24/28 mpg city/highway.

The rear-wheel-drive E350 earns fuel estimates as high as 20/28 mpg. Those are good numbers for a V6 engine. Models with AWD get slightly lower estimates, and the top-of-the-line E63 AMG S wagon trails the lineup at 16/21 mpg.

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2015 E-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 E-Class Seat?

The seating capacity in the E-Class varies by body type. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan seats five people. Cabriolets and coupes seat four, while the E350 wagon seats up to seven with its rear-facing jump seats. MB-Tex synthetic leather upholstery is standard in sedans and wagons, and coupes and convertibles come with genuine leather upholstery and heated front seats, both of which are available in the other body styles. Other creature comforts include multi-contour front seats, ventilated front seats, a massaging driver’s seat, heated rear seats, split-folding rear seats, a power rear sunshade, the AirScarf neck-warming system (in cabriolets only), and a heated steering wheel.

The front seats can be adjusted in several ways to provide varying amounts of comfort and support. There’s plenty of space up front for most adults. The rear seats feel tight in coupes and convertibles, but sedans and wagons have spacious back seats. While it's no S-Class, the E-Class' cabin has outstanding build quality, featuring an abundance of soft-touch materials.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2015 E350 sedan and wagon have two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an additional tether connection for the middle seat. The cabriolet has two sets of lower anchors but no tether connections.

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Features

Standard equipment in the E250 sedan includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, and the COMAND infotainment system with Bluetooth, a USB port, an eight-speaker stereo, and a 7-inch display.

Higher trims offer packages such as the Premium 1 package, Sport package, and Driver Assistance package. They include a hands-free power liftgate (or electronic trunk closer for the sedan), push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a 14-speaker Bang and Olufsen or Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, a navigation system, and a rear-seat entertainment system. You can also find models with a suite of advanced safety features, including a surround-view parking camera, adaptive headlights, blind spot assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cargo Space

The E-Class sedan has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. Wagons have the largest cargo hold of the four body types, with 20.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 57.4 cubic feet with the back rows folded down.

The rest of the E-Class lineup has less space for your stuff. The coupes have 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space. E-Class cabriolets offer 8.8 cubic feet of space with the top down and 11.5 cubes feet with it up.

2015 E-Class Length and Weight

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ length ranges from 15.4 to 16.1 feet. Curb weight values go from 3,935 up to 4,619 pounds.  

Where Was the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz manufactured the 2015 E-Class in Germany, alongside the SL-Class.

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