Car review MercedesBenz EClass E250CDI road test BBC Top Gear

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Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series

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Mercedes likes to make a and dance about the heritage of the by dotting the brochure with of museum-standard examples of its 60 years’-worth of For a more concrete demonstration, go to Berlin. Almost all the taxis are mid-size Benzes, and many of the ones came over Frankfurt and Hamburg when was reunified. In a few days there, I in a vertical-headlamp one, the later and W124, as well as the two more four-lamp generations. All painted the shade of beige. All still along nicely despite the of km on the clock.

But Berlin cabbies to a new vehicle. Over the past few they’ve been clubbing in threes to fund shared which they run on three 24 hours a day. It’s not for one of those cars to rack up miles a year. All in town Imagine the number of starts and that is. The number of slams of the doors. The number of passengers down on the seat cushions, and a few later, hauling themselves out by the handles.

Mercedes’ test department has put the new E this work cycle, and the are confident. They’ve also it to do thousands of miles flat-out the Nürburgring. Fully loaded. So I we can be confident of its durability. It certainly as strong as granite.

The E-Class is the of the Mercedes brand, and so of all the things it has to be, the number one is that it has to be solid. as in unbreakable, safe, respectable and If you want excitement and frivolity, come to the wrong place. The thing about it that to tickle your fancy is the over-ornate exterior styling, and not a big fan. The front end seems the back, derivative. The side is fine, though, and I can see it working as an estate — we’ll later this year.

nine out of 10 Es sold in Britain year were diesels, and I see that reversing with the new There’s a staggering new diesel on offer. It’s only and comes in various outputs as the The E250CDI version kicks out and will do the 0-62 thing in 8.2secs. If you think 200bhp-plus is for a 2.15-litre four-cylinder diesel, that the torque figure or less matches Merc’s 6.0-litre petrol V12. And yet it better than 50mpg in the EU The E250CDI’s outputs are actually close to the V6 E350CDI’s.

Sure enough, the torque will scoop you up and propel you a little firework. A series of in fact — you have to gear fairly often, the promise of a wide torque from two sequential turbos. will buy the auto, which is but has only five speeds (V6 Es get the and has a big gap between 2 and 3.

Of course, something has to As often happens with at the sharp end of the performance-emissions compromise, suffers. The E250CDI isn’t crude, but it is loud, rumbling audibly, even at a steady But then you notice it because the of the car — tyres, road wind woosh — is quiet.

Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series

There’s not much wrong the suspension and steering. In fact, of the hardware is now shared with the a car we like a lot. The steering is and the car feels terrifically stable. reasonably well-planted through too, but not actually a whole of laughs. Even when I had a go in the E500, things remained well-controlled. Great for very journeys, not so great for hooning Solid, in fact.

But I like it for Because the E knows what it is, and you to be prepared to acknowledge what you The hollow ring of false is banished. In return, you’re superb ride comfort, at low speeds or on lumpy A-roads. even better on the optional air but the steel coils are fine Which is really what all about for most people who buy cars: they’re not going to be the tyres. They’ll be commuting, or long trips. Or, like Berlin co-ops, doing of short ones with a out back.

The E-Class remains boxy: has the CLS for being swoopy. So there’s space in the E, a sitting room on Every detail of the ergonomics is out to the last detail to make easier on a long trip, and you sit, ache-free, in the front until supplies of foodstuffs and ran out. The materials, at least in the top are pretty lush. Yet the overall is serious and workmanlike. This is like an upgraded C-Class there are few of the S-Class’s magical touches.

But again, that’s the E is like. Efficient and sober at the of magic or frivolity. Almost the engine range has switched to — apart from three 2.1-litre diesels, is also a set of brand-new 1.8-litre petrols with outputs of 184 and 204bhp (E250CGI). Everything the E500 and E63AMG comes BlueEfficiency, a package of tweaks to rolling resistance, weight and to cut consumption and CO2. But even a engineer admitted that the E250CGI engine isn’t as as the V6 it replaces, though the economy and are better.

If you pay extra, you can have an E with all of electronic safety aids, radar cruise (Distronic self-braking collision mitigation PLUS) and watchdogs to make you don’t drift out of your or hit another car that’s in your blind spot. For the dark, you can night vision. A standard is a setof monitors looking at the way you and if you get erratic because you’re it flashes up a steaming cup in the speedo display. They should called it KaffeeTRONIC. It won’t for the first 20 minutes of a journey, as it that long to get the measure of style - you might erratically all the time. In fact, if you do, I I’ve been in your

All the time I was in it, I admired the E-Class and more, but you know it isn’t a thing that’ll ever you. It’s so fabulously at the real world, at the way most drive rather than the way they like to think drive. It gets the job done efficiency and comfort and safely. I we needed a frivolous big saloon in but sadly we don’t. This one the mood of the day.

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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