What are the diesel models in the Mercedes Benz E Class?

In this blog, we will find all the diesel models available in the Mercedes Benz E Class and answer the following questions: Is diesel E Class better than petrol E Class? Which is the best diesel model in the Mercedes Benz E Class?

What are the diesel models in the Mercedes Benz E Class?

The diesel models in the Mercedes Benz E Class are as follows:

  • E200 d
  • E220 d/ E 220 d 4Matic
  • E300d 4Matic
  • E400d 4Matic

All the specifications of the Deisel models in Mercedes Benz E Class are discussed below:

  • E200 d

The Mercedes E 200 d is the entry-level model in the E Class, it is powered by an inline 4 cylinder  OM 654 diesel engine. The OM 654 is the latest Mercedes Benz diesel engine and it is turbocharged. The power output of the E 200 d is 158 brake horsepower at 3800rpm and 360 Nm of torque at 1600-2600 rpm. It is the least powerful model in the E Class model range.

The top speed is 226 km/hour and acceleration from 0-100 is 8.4 seconds. The combined fuel economy is 4.9 litres/ 100 km, with a fuel tank capacity of 66 litres; the E Class can do 1346 km on a full tank of gas. The rest of the onboard electrical equipment can be selected at the time of order and there are also choices in the designo packages at all authorised dealerships.

  • E220 d/ E 220 d 4Matic

The E 220d is a slightly more powerful version of the E 200d. It is also powered by the OM 654 but the boost pressure is slightly higher resulting in an increase in the power output. The OM 654 is also in a higher state of tune and it can produce 191 brake horsepower at 3800 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1600 rpm. 

The top speed of the E 220 d is 240 km/hr but the acceleration from 0km/hour to 100 km/hour in 7.3 seconds. The combined fuel economy is also good, the E 220d will do 5.3 Litres/ 100km and the range is 1245 km in a full tank of gas. 

The E220 d is also the most popular diesel model in the E Class segment as it offers a great balance between power and fuel consumption. The overall cost of ownership for the E 220 d is also less compared to the other models. It also drives well and does not feel underpowered like the E 200 d model. 

Mercedes Benz even offers a choice of a fixed 4 Matic drive system in the E 220 d. 4 Matic is an all-wheel-drive system and offers better traction in rainy or snowy driving conditions. There are no fancy locking differentials, the power is split 55:45 between the front and the rear axle.

  • E300d 4Matic

The E 300d is powered by a 2.0-litre OM 654 diesel engine. It is twin-turbocharged as opposed to the single turbocharger in the models before it. One of the turbochargers is a variable geometry turbocharger and the larger turbocharger is the wastegate actuated. The wastegate turbocharger is responsible for producing maximum boost pressure at higher engine loads. 

The common rail diesel injection system is also modified on the E 300 d, the fuel injectors are bigger so that more diesel can be injected into the combustion chamber. The fuel rail pressure is also maximum at 2500 bars.

The power output of the E 300 d is 261 brake horsepower and 550 Nm of torque. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/hr and acceleration from 0-100 km/hr is in 6.3 seconds. 

The E 300d is only available with the 4 Matic system. The E 300 d will give a fuel economy of 5.8 litres/ 100 km in city and highway driving conditions. The range on a full tank of gas is 1137 km.

  • E400d 4Matic

The Mercedes Benz E 400 d comes with an inline 6 cylinder OM 656 diesel engine. The OM 656 is similar to OM 654, the main difference is additional 2 cylinders. The displacement of the OM 656 is 3.0 litres and the power output is 326 brake horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. 

The top speed of the E 400 d is limited to 250 km/ hr and the acceleration from 0 km/hr to 100 km/hr is in just 4.9 seconds. As the E 400 d only comes in a 4 Matic variant, it is very quick off the line and the torque from the OM656 is developed very early at 1200 rpm. 

The E 400 d offers great performance in the diesel engine and the noise levels are very low thanks to lightweight pistons and a complete aluminium build. The combined fuel consumption of the E400 d is 6.6 litres/ 100 km and the WLTP range is 1000 km.

All the diesel Mercedes Benz E Class models come with 9-speed 9Gtronic fully automatic transmission as standard. If the model has a 4 Matic drive system then the transfer case is connected to the transmission output shaft. 

The E 300 d and 400 d come with airmatic suspension as standard. The suspension system in the rest of the model is coil springs with a double-wishbone setup in the front and a multi-link suspension setup in the back. The steering rack is electronic and the feedback is good.

The luggage capacity is 540 litres and is common in all the models. In some markets like India and China, there is an extended wheelbase version available in all the E Class models. It offers more legroom and additional blower motors to cool the rear passenger compartment, the seats can also be reclined to offer better comfort during long rides.

Is the diesel E Class better than the Petrol E Class?

Yes, the diesel E class is better than the petrol E Class as the latest Mercedes Benz diesel engines are very refined. The noise and the vibration levels are similar to the petrol models. The diesel engines offer more torque than the petrol engines and all the torque is developed very early so there is no need to run the vehicle at higher engine speeds.

The fuel economy and the cost of diesel are also low which results in a slightly lower running cost of the Mercedes Benz E Class.

Which is the best diesel model in the Mercedes Benz E Class?

The best diesel model in the Mercedes Benz E Class is the E 220 d rear-wheel drive. Although 4 Matic is better compared to rear-wheel drive, the E 220d rear-wheel drive is lighter compared to the all-wheel-drive version and offers a better balance between power and comfort. 

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Mercedes Benz makes the most advanced diesel engines with exhaust gas after-treatment systems like selective catalytic reduction with the Adblue injection system. The emission of nitrogen oxides is very fewer thanks to exhaust gas recirculation. The diesel models in the E Class are powered by all the latest diesel engines and offer great reliability.