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Mercedes-Benz E-Class E220 CDI SE

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E220 CDI SE

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: Mercedes-Benz E-Class E220 CDI SE manual and 7G-Tronic Plus auto
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Range (WLTP): 61.4 mpg
Mercedes-Benz E-Class E220 CDI SE


It wasn’t too long ago that Mercedes struggled to get into this guide but with a new range of super hi-tech engines that is all about to change. The company may have been the slowest of the German manufacturers to bring fuel-efficient models to market, but the results are impressive.


Mercedes is noted as one of the best engine manufacturers around, and the 2.2-litre four cylinder engine is no exception, producing 168 bhp and huge reserves of torque with 295 lb ft available between 1,400 – 2,800 rpm.


With ample power and torque on tap, performance is impressive, especially given the substantial kerb weight. For the first time the 6-speed manual gearbox can now match the efficiency of the expensive optional 7-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic. However it is worth noting that you need to specify the smallest 17-inch wheels as the bigger 18 and 19-inch options add nearly 10g/km, pushing the E-Class into a higher company car tax bracket and upping fuel bills. 


To aid the inherently efficient engines the E-Class also gets a BlueEFFICIENCY pack which means low rolling resistance tyres, energy-saving alternator, fuel pump, air conditioning and power steering. None of this fuel-sipping technology detracts from the usual E-Class strong points of supreme refinement and excellent build quality. In fact the aerodynamic additions result in a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.25 which helps to make the cabin a hushed environment at speed.


The latest E-Class takes the best aspects of the previous model but adds a sharp new look, state-of-the-art engines and the BlueEFFICIENCY pack to great effect. As long as driving thrills aren’t top of your list, and you can live with the list price, the Mercedes Benz E-Class makes a compelling case.


Read our full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review

Specifications Mercedes-Benz E-Class E220 CDI SE

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: 70.6 mpg
  • Fuel economy, urban: 51.4 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 120 g/km
  • VED: VED band C - £30 a year
  • Weight: 1735 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2023/24): 18%
  • Price: £32,750
  • Insurance group: 34
  • Power: 168 bhp
  • Max speed: 142 mph
  • 0-62mph: 8.7 seconds
  • Torque: No