Mercedes-Benz E-Class Depreciation

A Mercedes-Benz E-Class will depreciate 58% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $32,538.

The E-class loses about half of its value in the first 3 years, so if you buy new (and many do), be prepared to lose 50% on your investment. If you're OK with something that is slightly used, such as one coming off lease, then that's where the bargains are to be had. Think about an E-class that is 4 or 5 years old, and that has had a kind owner, i.e. not trashed it, and almost irrespective of mileage, you may find yourself an attractive car for the long run. A Mercedes engine will run for 250,000 miles, so if you plan to put a lot of miles on your car, an older E-class may still have a lot of life left in it.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 13,500 miles per, and assumes a purchase price of $77,232 when new. Key in your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated annual miles driven into our depreciation calculator, and we'll predict an expected resale value just for you.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $23,239 69.91% $53,993 13,500 2021
2 $30,700 60.25% $46,532 27,000 2022
3 $38,778 49.79% $38,454 40,500 2023
4 $41,662 46.06% $35,570 54,000 2024
5 $44,694 42.13% $32,538 67,500 2025
6 $49,591 35.79% $27,641 81,000 2026
7 $55,707 27.87% $21,525 94,500 2027
8 $57,499 25.55% $19,733 108,000 2028
9 $59,422 23.06% $17,810 121,500 2029
10 $61,871 19.89% $15,361 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $23,239 69.91% $53,993
2 $30,700 60.25% $46,532
3 $38,778 49.79% $38,454
4 $41,662 46.06% $35,570
5 $44,694 42.13% $32,538
6 $49,591 35.79% $27,641
7 $55,707 27.87% $21,525
8 $57,499 25.55% $19,733
9 $59,422 23.06% $17,810
10 $61,871 19.89% $15,361

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If you purchase a used Mercedes-Benz E-Class that is 2 years old, then you could save $30,700 compared to buying new, and still have a relatively new model with plenty of useful life remaining. If you plan to keep this vehicle for 3 years then your total cost of depreciation would be $13,994. Try other age and ownership length combinations, or different vehicles to see if you can find depreciation sweetspots where this cost is the lowest. Hint: Try vehicles between 2 and 4 years old, as brand new vehicles depreciate quickly. Also, if this is a recently released model and buying a few years old isn't possible, consider another vehicle, or perhaps wait until more used E-Class models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is our top pick for the best model year value for the E-Class. With the 2017, you would only pay, on average, 50% of the price as new, with 75% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2018 and 2019 model years are also attractive years for the E-Class, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the E-Class's price as new, current price, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class models.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $77,232 $77,232 $283 $0 0% 100%
2019 $75,552 $53,158 $340 $24,074 31.17% 69.91% Better
2018 $74,152 $45,126 $447 $8,032 15.11% 60.25% Better
2017 $62,971 $31,965 $609 $13,161 29.17% 49.79% Best
2016 $48,722 $25,099 $715 $6,866 21.48% 50.05% Good
2015 $52,088 $22,877 $932 $2,222 8.85% 42.13% Good
2014 $50,194 $19,291 $1,326 $3,586 15.68% 35.79%
2013 $50,191 $15,502 $1,513 $3,789 19.64% 27.87%
2012 $50,178 $14,456 $1,637 $1,046 6.75% 25.55%
2011 $48,837 $13,145 $1,883 $1,311 9.07% 23.06%
2010 $48,559 $11,598 $1,938 $1,547 11.77% 19.89%
2009 $47,371 $8,572 $2,234 $3,026 26.09% 13.38%
2008 $46,223 $7,719 $2,654 $853 9.95% 10.96%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $77,232 100%
2019 $53,158 69.91% Better
2018 $45,126 60.25% Better
2017 $31,965 49.79% Best
2016 $25,099 50.05% Good
2015 $22,877 42.13% Good
2014 $19,291 35.79%
2013 $15,502 27.87%
2012 $14,456 25.55%
2011 $13,145 23.06%
2010 $11,598 19.89%
2009 $8,572 13.38%
2008 $7,719 10.96%
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About Our Data and "Useful Lifespan"

We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in April 2020.

While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.

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