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 best on stretches and in gentle bends. an intersection bereft of lines and Plus is wont to lose its Deviate much from with the road’s painted and the car will stop tracing an arc and into oncoming traffic.

We have the opportunity to test Plus on a closed course, but an interesting — if limited system best served for driver stress in traffic. In we found it discouraged the urge to We settled in behind a Chevy S10 and happily through Washington’s County, enjoying the scenic along the Columbia River. The 369 available from the torquey didn’t tempt us, since our wasn’t on the pedal.

The E250 4Matic likely won’t be with used BMW M5 s. It’s no sedan. It is, however, nicely and as about as agile as it needs to be. was a Sport model, with the star boldly integrated the grille. Luxury models the traditional hood ornament. back into Portland, the handled a series of switchbacks appropriate Teutonic authority; it 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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