2014 MercedesBenz E250 BlueTec Sedan drive review Autoweek

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Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Sedan drive review

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is it?

It’s a freshening of the line makes up 25 percent of Mercedes-Benz in the United States, a collection of beloved by retirees, classy Los Angeles movers and shakers and Coast gentry alike; the subtle hammer of success and the taxicab of the Federal Republic of It is, of course, the 2014 E-Class. and in the of the mid-cycle refresh, a lot’s different.

Most noticeably on the the rear quarter’s “ponton” line — meant to the E’s proto-progenitor, the 1953 — is gone, replaced by a straight character line. The headlight units have merged into single Overall, the design’s few fussy have been ironed leaving a classy, understated that still retains a of flash. The E sedan hasn’t this good since the of the late ’80s/early ’90s.

The coupe and convertible keep the line, but also get the new front The revised E’s interior is and effectively embellished with aluminum instead of black As with the startlingly effective redo of the GLK, it results in a upgrade in perceived quality.

choices remain broad, a price gulf in the sedan $52,325 to $100,695 (destination At the bottom end lies the fuel-economy the E250 BlueTec. At the top, got the E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic, a machine attained multiple degrees in and thermodynamics from der Universitдt and promptly traded them in for a of hairdryers and all-wheel drive.

In the diesel and the Ferrigno’s-fist AMG models lie the E350, the E400 hybrid, and the E550 V8. All in all, you can order an in 10 basic configurations.

While the refinement and a diesel as the base are all welcome additions to the line, is really pushing the car’s active safety features. The interesting one, Distronic with steering assist, the car’s radar-guided cruise and electric power steering to a camera mounted ahead of the mirror.

What’s it like to drive?

cushy, solid and, er, Benzy. If Otto von Bismarck had the finest mattress in the realm, had made for mass production and called on a time-traveling wizard to said mattress into a car 130 years in the future, it would be the E. At least, that’s the overall Options and engines change the of the car considerably.

Still, you don’t to spend the high dollars to get a powertrain; the four-cylinder diesel is We rave and rave about diesel fours. but the Benz is gutsier and smoother, with no spot off the line. It’s apt to win gasoline converts used to Big Mercedes is making a serious placing diesel at the bottom of the but we think open-minded customers enjoy the way the sequential-turbocharged 2.1-liter moves the sedan along.

We spent much of our time in an BlueTec 4Matic dissecting Plus, pulling the cruise-control until a steering-wheel icon in the cluster’s multifunction display green and letting the car take the It was hands-off time almost Or perhaps we should say, hovering millimeters from the of the wheel” time, as there’s serious nervousness involved in control to the computers. In a relatively line, the car will keep steady in the lane, maintaining a smart following distance by the radar not just to follow the car in but the car in front of the car in front. The wheel perceptibly under one’s palms until the point a larger steering-wheel icon up, this one with red hands. unattended, the car will drift in its until the brakes engage to it back in.

The system works on straight stretches and in gentle Cross an intersection bereft of and Distronic Plus is wont to its way. Deviate much parallel with the road’s lines and the car will stop an arc and head into oncoming

We didn’t have the opportunity to Distronic Plus on a closed but it’s an interesting — if — system best for easing driver stress in In fact, we found it discouraged the to speed. We settled in behind a S10 and meandered happily through Skamania County, enjoying the vistas along the Columbia The 369 lb-ft available from the diesel didn’t tempt us, our foot wasn’t on the pedal.

The BlueTec 4Matic likely be cross-shopped with used BMW M5 s. no sports sedan. It is, however, damped and as about as agile as it to be. Ours was a Sport model, the three-pointed star boldly into the grille. Luxury retain the traditional hood Heading back into the E250 handled a series of with appropriate Teutonic it feels solid . not stiff.

The 4Matic system utilizes a 30 front/70 percent rear bias; the net effect leaves the AWD feeling practically invisible on the dry east of Portland, Oregon.

Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series

On a note, the COMAND infotainment looks a bit prettier, but it remains as awkward to use. And it’s not pretty enough. Both BMW and continue to eat Daimler’s lunch in space, and we’re shocked with all the tech that’s into this car, hasn’t been more of an placed on infotainment.

Do I want

If you’re in the market for a cushy, safe-as-milk sedan with a interior and the cash outlay going to break the bank, the is a very compelling proposition. all the gee-whiz gimcrackery going on, it feel as if it’s attempting to be than it is. We like a car that what it is and is confident with its in the world. And the refreshed E — more than any other car in its — is exactly that.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 4Matic Sedan

On Sale:

Base Price: $54,825

2.1-liter diesel I-4; seven-speed automatic

Output: 195 hp, 369

Curb Weight . 4,409 lb

Economy: N/A (EPA)

Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series


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