2020 Mercedes E-Class: Price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
March 03, 2020

The new Mercedes E-Class has been revealed. Here’s everything you need to know about this upcoming BMW 5 Series alternative.

Here are the top 10 things you need to know about the new Mercedes E-Class:

  • New Mercedes E-Class revealed
  • Gets new lights and bumpers
  • Interior gets upgraded tech
  • Newly designed steering wheels
  • Two new hybrid engine options
  • More safety tech available
  • All-Terrain estate revealed
  • AMG-tuned E53 unveiled, too
  • These get Panamericana grille
  • On sale later this year

New Mercedes E-Class design

The new Mercedes E-Class gets a slinky body just like the old car, but look closer and you’ll spot some new LED headlights, redesigned alloy wheels and a set of wider brake lights. The Mercedes E-Class’s grille has also gone under the knife. Now it curves up as standard and sweeps down in sportier AMG Line cars so it looks a bit grumpier and more aggressive. AMG Line versions also get extra bulges in the bonnet that Mercedes calls the ‘power domes’. Sounds a bit like a bond villain’s lair… 

The new E-Class’ cabin gets a range of new steering wheels and upgraded infotainment features.

New Mercedes E-Class interior

Mercedes’ designers probably didn’t put in much overtime designing the new E-Class’s interior. It looks almost exactly the same as the old car. Although, you do get some new steering wheels with different designs depending on which model you go for. They all get touch-sensitive buttons but the AMG Line ones come with super-thin spokes and a flat bottom. You can also customise your Mercedes E-Class’s cabin with new trim pieces in a range of colours. Although they’re mostly just shades of grey and brown.

AMG-tuned E53 models (shown here) get more supportive sports seats.

New Mercedes E-Class seats

The old Mercedes E-Class could adjust the temperature, change the mood lighting and spray you with some Mercedes own-brand perfume to keep you ‘Energised’. The new E-Class does all of that but kicks things up a notch with some fancy new seats. These make constant adjustments to stop you sitting in one position for too long and getting backache. There’s also a ‘Power Nap’ function that helps you drift off when you need to take a break. And, the seats can massage you back to life when you need to wake up. You can even adjust the shape of the seats by drawing on the touchscreen. How cool is that?

The E-Class’ two displays are now covered by a single seamless sheet of glass.

New Mercedes E-Class infotainment

The new Mercedes E-Class comes with two 10-inch displays but you can upgrade these to massive 12-inch screens instead. You could get all this in the old Mercedes E-Class, but the new car had them joined between one piece of glass rather than divided by black plastic. The old rotary dial controller has been chucked away, so now you get a touchscreen and a touchpad on the centre console instead – just like in the new Mercedes GLE.

You also get the latest Mercedes infotainment system with a built-in ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice assistant which lets you adjust the cabin temperature or program the sat-nav on the move. Though it can get on your nerves by chiming in whenever you say Mercedes – even when you don’t want its services.

The new Mercedes E-Class comes with the option of two new mild-hybrid engines.

New Mercedes E-Class engines

You can get the new Mercedes E-Class with a bunch of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engine options, as well as a pair of box-fresh mild hybrids. The cheapest is a 292hp 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system but there’s also a beefier 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine that pumps out 387hp. Both come with a 20hp electric motor that gives them a bit of extra shove when you hit the accelerator. And, they can shut their engines off completely at up to 100mph when you’re cruising along to help save fuel. 

The new Mercedes E-Class should be very comfortable to drive – especially with air suspension fitted. 

New Mercedes E-Class driving

The old Mercedes E-Class was one of the most comfortable saloons to travel in, and this new model shouldn’t be any different. The old car’s smooth suspension hasn’t been messed with so it should glide over bumps in town and stay nice and steady at motorway speeds. And, it’ll be even better with the optional air suspension fitted. The cruise control has been upgraded, so it can accelerate, brake and steer for you on motorways and in stop-start traffic, and it uses sat-nav data to automatically slow down before roundabouts, junctions and traffic jams. It’s so clever it can even clear space for emergency vehicles by pulling slightly to one side in heavy traffic.

Plenty of driver assistance systems make the new Mercedes E-Class safer than ever.

New Mercedes E-Class safety

The new Mercedes E-Class comes with loads of safety kit. And some of it even gets to work before you start the car. As well as a surround-view camera system, there’s a clever blind-spot monitoring feature that’ll detect pedestrians and cyclists and warn you not to open your door into them. Handy if you want to keep your lycra-wearing neighbours happy…

You also get automatic emergency braking as standard that’ll detect parked cars and pedestrians who walk out in front of you and there are more airbags than you can shake a carwow stick of truth at. There’s also the Mercedes ‘Urban Guard’ system. You can think of it as a personal security guard that’ll set off alarms and message you using the ‘Mercedes Me’ app if someone bumps into your car in a car park. Or tries to steal it.

All-Terrain models get protective bumpers and raised suspension.

New Mercedes E-Class Estate and All-Terrain

The Mercedes E-Class Estate and All-Terrain have been tweaked, too. These cars get the same design upgrades as the standard E-Class. So there are some rounder headlights, wider brake lights, new alloy wheels and different grilles. And, All-Terrain models get raised suspension, black wheel arches and beefier bumpers with protective cladding. Inside, it’s all business as usual, so it looks just like the saloon.

AMG-tuned E53 models get more powerful engines and sportier styling.

Mercedes-AMG E53

The AMG-tuned E53 also gets a few upgrades, too. You’ll spot the E63-style grille straight away, along with a new diffuser and a subtle spoiler. It gets a 3.0-litre straight-six and mild-hybrid engine like the old car, so it makes the same 435hp and 520Nm. But, you can pay extra for the AMG Dynamic Plus pack which adds a Race and Drift driving mode. Yes, drift mode in a hybrid! This upgrade also gets you some red brake callipers and a pair of fancy driving mode buttons on the steering wheel. Just like in a racing car.

High-spec E53 cars will cost more than £70,000.

Mercedes E-Class price and release date

The new Mercedes E-Class’s extra tech means it’ll cost you a bit more than the old car. Mercedes hasn’t said exactly how much, but saloons should start at around £40,000, Estates at £45,000 and All-Terrains from about £65,000. Fancy a fast E53? Then you’ll need to put aside close to £70,000.

Read our Mercedes E-Class review for more information on this car’s predecessor or head over to our Mercedes E-Class deals page to see how much you can save on a new car.