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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.3
Safety: 9.5
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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a rich interior with plenty of safety tech, as well as an engine lineup that has something for everyone. However, it ranks in the middle of its class, below competitors with livelier performance and better infotainment systems.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious, opulent cabin
  • Numerous standard safety features
  • Lively engine lineup
  • Great fuel efficiency with E 250 BlueTEC
  • Cumbersome infotainment system
  • Less nimble than rivals

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class a Good Used Car?

In the competitive luxury midsize car class, this Mercedes holds its own. While the E-Class isn’t the most athletic member of this segment, it has powerful engines, a coddling ride, and respectable fuel economy with its base engine.

Inside, the E-Class has a slew of advanced safety features – a few of which come standard. While its COMAND infotainment system will take some time to get used to, it’s not as tricky as other systems in the class. The E-Class comes in sedan, wagon, coupe, and cabriolet (convertible) body styles. All of them have good rear seat space compared to rivals.

Though it isn’t the highest-ranking vehicle in the class, the E-Class still won our 2016 Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families award because of its good blend of space, safety, reliability, and family-friendly features.

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How Much Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Based on over 650 listings for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class on our site, you can expect to pay between $29,800 and $55,000 for non-AMG models. The average list price for a 2016 E-Class is $38,200. Prices vary based on demand, mileage, features, and condition.

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How Much Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cost to Own?

Aside from the initial purchase price, there are other costs to owning a vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has slightly higher costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance than other luxury midsize cars. Over five years, you can expect to pay a little more than $30,302 on these expenses, which amounts to about $6,100 per year. By comparison, the Audi A6 and Cadillac CTS have lower five-year costs by about $600 and $1,000, respectively.

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

A 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a starting price of around $53,000, which is $14,750 higher than the average price of a 2016 E-Class. Compared to the 2016 E-Class, the 2018 model has redesigned sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon body styles. There are also several new trims, like the E 400 sedan and sport-tuned AMG E 63 S sedan and wagon. The 2018 E-Class also has a newly standard rearview camera. If these updates are important to you, consider a new model. Otherwise, save your money and get a 2016 E-Class.

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Few new luxury midsize cars can compete with the 2016 E-Class’ average price. You’ll find a lower starting price with the 2018 Acura TLX ($33,000) and 2018 Lincoln MKZ ($35,605). However, these models rank lower in the class. The E-Class sedan has roomier rear seats, a richer cabin, and better fuel economy estimates with its base E 250 trim.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. While this score is above average for the auto industry as a whole, it’s subpar for the competitive luxury midsize car class.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Recalls

There are currently six recalls issued by Mercedes for the 2016 E-Class. They address issues like inadvertent driver air bag deployment, a possible loss of electric power steering assist, and the roof spoiler detaching. Other recalls for this model have to do with incorrect control unit software and a secondary rubber hood seal falling into the engine compartment. Be sure Mercedes has fixed these issues before you purchase a vehicle.

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

The 2016 model year marks the end of the E-Class’ fourth generation, which started with the 2009 model. For 2014, the E-Class received interior and exterior styling updates, a standard stop-start system, more available safety tech, a diesel powertrain, standard all-wheel drive for the AMG E 63 model, and a new S-Model. The 2015 E-Class added a new E 400 trim, and the 2016 model year saw the discontinuation of the hybrid and AMG E 63 (not S-model).

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

The 2016 E-Class comes in four body styles: sedan, wagon, coupe, and cabriolet (convertible). There are five trims: E 250 BlueTEC, E 350, E 400, E 550, and AMG E 63 S. Note that not all trim levels are available for each body style.

For most shoppers, the E 400 sedan is a good option. It comes with a generous list of standard features, including heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, voice recognition, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist. If you want a true performance vehicle, the AMG E 63 S is the best choice. It makes 577 horsepower and has killer acceleration. If you need all-wheel drive, look for a model designated "4Matic."

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Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz E-Class Warranty

Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with 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 is 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. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

Compared to other luxury brands, Mercedes-Benz has one of the best CPO programs.

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How Safe Is the E-Class?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2016 E-Class sedan a Top Safety Pick+, its highest accolade. The IIHS also gave the E-Class the highest score of Good in all five individual crash tests and a rating of Superior for front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2016 E-Class four out of five stars overall. The E-Class earned four stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in the side crash and rollover tests.

Standard equipment includes Mercedes’ Pre-Safe system, which tightens the seat belts and closes the windows when it detects an imminent collision or rollover. A driver drowsiness monitor, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking are also standard.  Available safety features include a rearview camera, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection with automatic braking, and blind spot monitoring. However, many of these options are not available with the coupe or cabriolet models.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2016 Cadillac CTS?

The Cadillac CTS has sharper handling and more available engine power from its top CTS-V trim than you’ll get with the Mercedes AMG E 63 S. Like the E-Class, the CTS has a comfortable ride and a quality interior, but its infotainment system can be tricky to use. The E-Class has more room inside, as well as a slightly lower average price. Its base turbodiesel engine is more refined and better on gas than the CTS’ base engine. For practicality, stick with the E-Class. For performance, go for the CTS instead.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2016 Audi A6?

The Audi A6 and the E-Class are both equally good cars, but they have different strengths. Both hit common luxury targets, like having an opulent cabin and powerful engines. However, while the E-Class prioritizes a smooth ride, the A6 favors sharper handling. Although the Audi has a little more legroom and trunk space than the E-Class, it comes standard with fewer safety features. The E-Class has better fuel economy from its base engine, but the higher trims of the A6 are more fuel-efficient than comparable E-Class models. In the end, you can’t go wrong with either car.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

For those on a budget, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class can be a tempting alternative. Like the E-Class, the smaller C-Class has a smooth ride, ample engine power, high-end performance models, top-notch cabin materials, and impressive standard safety tech. However, the E-Class is the better choice overall. It has a roomier cabin – particularly in the rear seats – as well as a higher reliability rating and better fuel economy from its base engine.

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2016 E-Class Performance

How Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Drive?

Performance in the E-Class ranges from sprightly to downright exhilarating. The base E 250 BlueTEC model comes with a 195-horsepower, turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, which feels just as at home on city streets as it does on country roads. The power only increases throughout the E-Class’ powertrain lineup. The E 350’s 3.5-liter V6 produces 302 horsepower, while the E 400 and E 550 put out 329 and 402 horsepower, respectively. The high-performance AMG E 63 S has a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 that produces a heart-racing 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. All engines come with a seven-speed automatic transmission (dual-clutch in the AMG model).

While 4Matic all-wheel drive is available, all body styles except the wagon come standard with rear-wheel drive. The E-Class keeps its composure around turns, but it lacks the athleticism of many rivals. Still, the brakes are strong when you need them to be. You’ll also enjoy a smooth ride in all but the Mercedes-AMG model, which has standard AWD and a sport-tuned suspension.

Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

Depending on the drivetrain, the E 250 BlueTEC achieves 27-28 mpg in the city and 37-40 mpg on the highway, which is exceptional for the class. Other E-Class models return 15-20 mpg in the city and 21-29 mpg on the highway.

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2016 E-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 E-Class Seat?

Seating depends on the body style: sedans seat five, wagons seat seven, and the coupe and cabriolet (convertible) models seat four. Power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery come standard. Some used models feature a massaging driver’s seat and leather seats that are heated and ventilated up front. The E-Class’ front seats offer plenty of room, especially in sedan and wagon models. The coupe and cabriolet body styles still provide a decent amount of room, too. The E-Class’ build quality and interior materials are first-rate.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The E-Class sedan and wagon have two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The sedan’s setup earned the highest score of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its ease of use. The connectors are fully exposed and easy to access, making installing a car seat simple and quick.

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Features

Standard features include keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a sunroof. Also standard is Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, which employs a knob-based controller, Bluetooth, a six-disc CD/DVD player, an SD card slot, an iPod interface, and HD Radio. The system isn’t as easy to use as rival systems. Although its menu structure is straightforward overall, completing some tasks is a bit confusing. Available upgrades include a navigation system, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a panoramic sunroof, a proximity key, and push-button start.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cargo Space

The E-Class’ cargo space varies by body style. The sedan’s 12.9-cubic-foot trunk is larger than the average competitor’s. The coupe has more cargo space (13.3 cubic feet), while the cabriolet has less space (11.5 cubic feet). The wagon has the most space: 20.5 cubic feet, which expands to 57.4 with the seats folded. A power trunk lid is available.

2016 E-Class Length and Weight

From front to back, the E-Class measures around 16 feet, with some models measuring slightly longer or shorter by a few inches. The curb weight ranges from 3,935 pounds (E 400 coupe, RWD) to 4,619 pounds (AMG E 63 S Wagon).

Where Was the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz assembled the 2016 E-Class in Germany.

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