BBC Autos MercedesBenz EClass It’s thinking

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Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series


A bigger, smarter

Fast-forward 127 years, and the company bears his name has produced is, for all intents and purposes, a horse: a climate-controlled, vaguely sentient with full-grain leather and available satellite navigation.

tiller-steered original car was a fidgety thing, noisy and breezy and total driver involvement. latest edition of the E-Class, equipped with an optional Driver Assistance Package, is a self-aware mount. Not only it provide feedback should its become distracted and send the car on a out of its lane, or into another lurking in the three-quarter blind-spot, but it is capable of self-steering for short of time.

At speed, the system lane markings using a of forward-facing stereoscopic cameras sit mounted high up in the windshield in a as bulky as a television cable A nose-mounted radar system two cars ahead to accurately the flow of traffic, and once is capable of controlling speed as quick as 124mph to a dead

Mercedes calls the setup Plus, and it works admirably from the self-steering portion not unlike a horse, sometimes has a of its own and occasionally ignores lane Far from being a total Distronic works best if as strictly a driving assist, a tug on the reins to let the rider know they may be making an error.

as the driving route exchanged sweeping curves above Oregon, for city-centre traffic, the systems aboard the E-Class to impress. The radar-guided cruise allowed for just under a second stop without and as it “looked” down the road, it was smooth in brake and throttle Below 18mph (twice the max incidentally, of the Patent-Motorwagen), the self-steering not periodically require the driver to hands on the wheel, as similar from other luxury do. For five full miles of the sort of tiring, stop-and-go this Distronic-equipped E-Class itself entirely, ambling without a single driver

Combine this city-friendly for the weary traveller with the four-cylinder diesel that now as the base engine option for the and you have an impeccable grand

Luxury trim models the smooth, supple ride one from a Mercedes-Benz, and with and an immediate 369lb-ft of torque on the E250 Bluetec which available in North America in wafts admirably. As a first, all-wheel drive is available on any sedan save the hybrid.

engine variants include a direct-injection V6 which is smooth but the aforementioned hybrid somewhat given the expected excellent economy of the new four-cylinder diesel (it has not yet certified by the Environmental Protection and a twin-turbo 4.6-litre V8 with The big engine delivers an astonishing of torque in an understated surge flings the big Mercedes forward a velvet-clad booster rocket.

Both Sport and Luxury are set up for a relaxed driving style, multilink suspensions and electromechanical yet they manage to avoid a driving experience. Credit proprietary active suspension called Agility Control, while tackling a narrow, ribbon of road helps a machine that feels than its two-tonne curb and length would indicate. effort is light, if a trifle on-centre, but most Benz will find it ideally

More difficult to assimilate the package are the transmission settings. mode errs on the side of twitchiness and hypersensitive throttle Eco mode, meanwhile, swings too far the way. A Goldilocks setting not seem to exist, though 550 have enough low-end to overcome any transmission-related recalcitrance.

The other area where the proves somewhat limp is in the department. From the rear, models might be mistaken for any Lexus, with false-front, exhaust surrounds. At the car’s the Luxury model’s three-pointed emblem sits above the imperious Mercedes grille, but the square containing the radar packages is not fully concealed. The line, on the other hand, has an solid Mercedes badge the of a hubcap off a 1950s-era Mercedes the E-Class’s spiritual ancestor. with aggressive, AMG-aping it is not as reserved as an E-Class ought to be. after all, is why they a CLS .)

New single-piece headlights and taillights are in LEDs, but the effect is of trend-aping all but owns the conversation around rather than stately. the coupe and cabriolet versions of the however, pull off the sporty more convincingly, but suffer unsightly pudginess around the wheel arches.

Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series

Quibbles aside, Mercedes has a commendable job performing what down to a glorified facelift for its executive line. Next to the posturing of machinery cut in the Lexus and Audi S-Line moulds, it the conservative, genteel option.

the addition of S-Class-calibre safety and a driver assist system while not yet an electronic equivalent of a at least greatly reduces the of day-to-day driving, makes the a bit of a horse of a different colour in is a brutally contested if slightly segment.

Vital Stats: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Base $52,325, inclusive of $925 charge

As tested: $63,600-$83,800

EPA economy: 21mpg city, highway (E350 sedan); city, 26mpg hwy (E550 sedan); fuel economy for Hybrid and E250 Bluetec TBD

Standard equipment: COMAND display including Bluetooth, intermittent wipers, driver monitoring, collision prevention dual-zone climate control

options: satellite navigation, blind-spot assist, active radar-guided cruise control, and ventilated seats, front and parking assist, air scarf

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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