Mercedes E-Class hybrid reliability & safety
The Mercedes E-Class hybrid's excellent safety score and the company’s reputation for reliability should give buyers confidence
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2016)||95%||90%||62%|
Mercedes went through a bit of a wobble with its reliability in the late '90s and early '00s, but seems to have gotten back on track of late. It has always been at the forefront of automotive technology, too – and nowhere is this more true than with the latest Mercedes E-Class hybrid.
Mercedes E-Class plug-in hybrid reliability & problems
The E-Class wasn't individually rated in the 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Mercedes itself finished 28th place out of 30 manufacturers – a disappointing result that was mainly down to high running costs. With 16.5% of owners reporting a fault with their car, Mercedes fared better than rivals BMW (20.4%) and Audi (20%).
The E-Class is unquestionably a safe car, with a five-star overall rating and scores of 95% and 90% respectively from crash-testing experts Euro NCAP. The safety assistance score of 62% isn't quite as stellar, but that's most likely down to the fact that a good deal of active safety systems are optional (see below). It’s worth noting that these ratings specifically apply to the pre-facelift model (tested in 2016), though the scores should largely apply to the newer models as well.
As standard, you get a parking assistance system, an 'active bonnet' to protect pedestrians, active braking assistance, a full complement of airbags, blind-spot monitoring and driver drowsiness monitoring and ISOFIX child-seat anchors on the two outer rear seats.
Additional safety systems can be added as optional extras. The lane tracking package includes lane-keeping assistance, while the more comprehensive (and more expensive) driving assistance package adds braking assistance, adaptive cruise control, speed-limit assistance, lane-changing assistance, evasive steering assistance and a 'Pre-Safe' system that prepares the car for impact if it detects an imminent collision.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest Mercedes E-Class hybrid is available with petrol or diesel power, and is a comfortable alternative to the sportier BMW 530e
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid has a decent electric range and impressive CO2 and MPG figures, on paper at least
- 3Running costsFor company-car drivers and those with relatively short commutes, the Mercedes E-Class hybrid will be extremely cheap to run
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Mercedes E-Class plug-in hybrids are powerful, but can feel a bit less dynamic due to their added weight
- 5Interior & comfortInterior comfort, luxury and technology is a Mercedes E-Class speciality and the latest model doesn't let the side down
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid’s battery reduces boot space quite considerably, but the E 300 de is at least available as an estate
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid's excellent safety score and the company’s reputation for reliability should give buyers confidence