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Mercedes-Benz E 220d 2017 review

Overall towcar rating


Key information

  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Year of manufacture: 2017
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 2.0litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 55 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 30 miles per gallon
  • Nose weight: 84 kg
  • Body type: Other

Towcar summary

What's good?

Superb ride and comfort.All round cameras, sunroof. The electronic gizmos once you have learned to operate them. Built in telephone which connects directly to Mercedes help line if you need advice on how to operate some of the finer points.The surround cameras make hitching up a doddle. Fuel economy,20/year road tax.

What's bad?

Initially the factory fitted towbar and electrics would not recognise when caravan with all LED lights was connected. This is now resolved.The car is a bit low so you need to be wary when parking end on in a space with high kerbs.

Would you recommend it?


Towing performance ***

How well does it tow?

I tow close to a 100% match. The car pulls and stops the van with ease. It can be a bit twitchy with strongish side winds.It is not has good as the Disco 4 which it replaced.

Solo performance *****

What's it like without the caravan?

I like comfort and a smooth ride rather than a "drivers car", it is the best car that I have ever owned. In my opinion the ride and comfort is better than the Discovery 4 which it replaced.

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

SO far the car is only 3 months old so I cannot say much about reliability.

Practicality *****

Is it easy to live with?

It is not as good a tow car as the Disco and I do not know how I will get on tackling a muddy field.The car does everything that I expect of it and I have difficulty believing the fuel economy. I have never before got over 30 mpg towing a van or 55 solo on mixed driving.

Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?


Where did you buy it?


What was the seller like?

I bought it from Mercedes Shrewsbury and found them excellent to deal with. They kept to everything that they agreed to.


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Interesting. One of my options when I change cars this year. I was looking at the 4wd version

Interesting. One of my options when I change cars this year. I was looking at the 4wd version

I looked at a number of different cars before I opted for the E class. My first preference was to go for the 4wd version but delivery would have been after the 1/4/2017. The list price including a few extras would have put it over £40k and the road tax would have been (£140 + £340)/year for a few years against the £20/year that I now pay. Looking at videos of cars fitted with winter tyres it appears that there is not much to choose between a 2wd fitted with winter tyres and a 4wd fitted with normal tyres. 

I think it will be either an E Class or a CLS for me next.


If I had to make regular winter trips to my chalet in the Swiss Alps, would maybe consider the 4matic.

But with winter tyres on, my current RWD  C-Class will go anywhere with ease, until the snow gets too deep for the front to plough through, and by then you would be snookered either way.

Formula Forde
Aug 27 2017 08:44 am
I had a 2014 e220d Amg estate. Great car. I was surprised as I had used disco 3,4's and RRS vehicles before! I was wrong it was a really great towcar, comfortable, great gearbox both 7 and 9 speed. Easy to hook up with the camera. Air suspension worked great it towed better than with my 4x4's. I was considering another Eclass estate, unfortunately I could not get a towbar on my lease scheme ( have a GLe instead). But I was a little apprehensive as the nose weight has gone from 84kg to 75kg. ( for E220 AMG estate. Auto). I towed before with 80kg with my unicorn Barcelona. Just felt 75kg was a bit low for my outfit. Am I wrong about the nose weight (from Caravan club tow match) or is this actually ok. It was about the natural weight on the van for the tow bar height. So loaded it to keep it neutral.