Buying a used Mercedes E-Class: what to look out for


GOOD FOR: Rear-seat experience, Badge value

LOOK OUT FOR: Air suspension, Underbody damage

The E-Class has been the longest-running and one of the most successful models for Mercedes-Benz in India. A rival to the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, five generations of the E-Class have been on sale in India, with the last one being brought in as a long-wheelbase model only. With used car prices being lower than that of a brand-new but much smaller A-Class sedan, the E-Class LWB does make for a tempting proposition. But there are some things you need to consider before buying a used V213-gen Mercedes E-Class.

Mercedes E-Class powertrain

Launched in 2017, the E-Class LWB was initially offered in two variants – E 200 and E 350d – with the E 220d being added to the line-up later that same year. The E 200 is the only petrol option available, being powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged mill developing 184hp and 300Nm. Meanwhile, the diesels consist of the range-topping 350d, which uses a 3.0-litre V6 making 258hp and 620Nm, while the 220d debuted Mercedes’ new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that puts out 194hp and 400Nm. All three are paired with the brand’s 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. 

As you’d expect, all engines are refined and have good performance, but it’s worth opting for the 220d as it strikes a good balance between efficiency and performance. The 220d will also be a good deal cheaper than the 350d, and not too much more than the 200.\

Mercedes E-Class features

As for features, the top-spec 350d gets a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a Burmester sound system, a 360-degree camera, LED headlamps, ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, three-zone auto climate control, air suspension and seven airbags. The other two are well-equipped too, only missing out on the air suspension, Burmester sound system and a 360-degree camera.

Thanks to the long wheelbase, there’s plenty of legroom on offer.

However, the reason to buy the E-Class LWB is the rear seat experience and the good news is all versions get the super comfortable rear seats that can be electrically reclined and have a memory function, along with the cushy pillows on the headrests and an excellent 134mm of rear legroom. Furthermore, the left rear seat passenger can also electrically control the front passenger seat to adjust their own legroom. All models also get leather upholstery and wood trim inside, although the wood grain colour and upholstery design differ. And on the outside, the only difference is the alloy wheel design on the 350d.

The V213-gen E-Class is known to be fairly reliable if properly maintained, hence you must check the service history of the model you’re looking at buying. But the E-Class will be on the expensive side to maintain; spare parts availability won’t be an issue, but they will be costly, so it’s always a good idea to get the car inspected by a trained technician before you make the purchase. Mercedes’ service network is widespread across the nation (for a luxury brand) so that should give you peace of mind.

Do bear in mind though that as the years go by, luxury cars typically tend to shed value quite quickly. However, compared to segment rivals, the E-Class has always held its value better.

What to look out for in a used Mercedes E-Class?

Air suspension

The top-spec E 350d came with air suspension as standard. Now, while this is not a common issue, air suspension systems are known to fail, and fixing this will be a really expensive affair. Before buying, check if the car is sitting lower than it should or if it’s sagging at any of the corners, as these are signs of the air suspension packing up.

Underbody damage

Considering its over 3-metre wheelbase, the E-Class LWB is susceptible to underbody damage, especially over big speed breakers. It’s advisable to get the car up on a ramp and inspect for any damage to the underside.

Also worth knowing

It’s worth checking all the body panels for scuffs, dents and scratches, and all the lights for any cracks or condensation build up. These parts will also cost a lot to repair or replace. Also, several units of the E-Class come with light, ivory upholstery that can get soiled easily in our conditions.

Second hand Mercedes E-Class price and resale value

Depending on the model you’re going for, look to spend anywhere between Rs 30 lakh-40 lakh for a used E-Class LWB. The model isn’t very old, so asking prices are still quite high, but there is scope for negotiation as demand in the used market isn’t a lot.

Mercedes E-Class factfile
Years produced 2017-2021
Price when new From Rs 57.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune)
Engine 4 cyls, 1991cc, turbo-petrol/ 4 cyls, 1950cc, diesel/V6, 2987cc, diesel
Power 184/194/258hp
Torque 300/400/620Nm
Wheelbase 3079mm
Boot space 540 litres

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