Mercedes E-Class (type W 213)
Engines: 150 PS (E 200 d) to 612 PS (AMG E 63 S 4Matic)
Price: from 23,900 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2016): five stars
Mercedes E-Class (type W 212)
Construction time: 2009 to 2016
Engines: 136 PS (200 CDI) to 585 PS (E 63 AMG)
Price: from 4800 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2010): five stars
Hardly any rust, few problems with the steering, solid cutting of springs and dampers and no complaints at all on the drive shafts. What sounds like a perfect idea is unfortunately torpedoed by the chassis. The 213’s new double wishbone front axle doesn’t seem to be the big hit; as has been the case for a long time in the 205C class it also keeps the numbers in the red here. The axle suspensions also torment the predecessor from the fourth HU.
Let’s call that a shining example for all other models. Both the old (W 212) and the current one E-class (W 213) shine cheerfully on the subject of lighting, in none of the test points are the defect rates of both series above the values of the average of all vehicles.
The service brake of the E-class There are no abnormalities in any vintage, and the brake hoses remain almost without complaints across both models. The testers on the W 212 noticed the brake discs negatively, but the defect rate is always below average. It gets a bit embarrassing for the very safety-conscious Swabians with the parking brake and the brake lines. In both areas, the TÜV inspectors found a reason for criticism on the older W 212 much more often than is the case on average for all vehicles.
The current model has almost no weaknesses here, loses oil much less often than the average and does not fail the emissions test as often. The dream quota of 0.0 is only given to the exhaust. As a seven- to nine-year-old, the 212 occasionally fails to pass the AU and is slightly above average with its frequency of defects. There are also more oil leaks than with the W 213, but the error rate always remains below the average.