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Mercedes-Benz E-xceeding expectations

By Christopher Tan Feb 24, 2007

The Straits Times

lead a charmed life. fuss over them, grow up expecting the world to do the and they never ever hand-me-downs.

Sure, that between Moses and the Pharaoh was a bit of a But, on the whole, first-borns had it good.

The middle child, gets a different deal. He is in between the son for whom the fattened is sacrificed and the cute baby of the

And thus many are wrought angst in their formative – some longer.

In other words, they are

For a spell, Mercedes-Benz got rid of the middle in the E-class range here. It all its attention to a 1.8-litre “baby” as the E200 and a 3.0-litre oldest boy the E280.

(Okay, there was an but it is an aberration which a good could easily substitute a suitable S-class or a gratuitous AMG

The previous “middle child” was a that had a most inauspicious E240.

You used to be able to the displacement of a Mercedes engine by its nomenclature.

But these days, things are that clear-cut. BMW is the other with a confusing numbering But that’s another story

Back to Merc’s middle Its absence, however temporary, was

Buyers had to choose between a 1.8 four-cylinder and a 3.0-litre V6. Those who something in between presumably a BMW 523i or 525i (both 2.5-litres).

But just as Nature a void, DaimlerChrysler has filled the gap between the two E’s with an E230. No, not a 2.3-litre. It’s a 2.5-litre, six pots.

The engine is first in the C-class, but is entirely new to the E range.

DaimlerChrysler timed the introduction of the with this year’s New Year. And what great

With the recent descent of COE to 17-year lows, the ad campaign the E230’s arrival offered COEs.

But that’s also story.

The E230, as it turns is the best E-class Mercedes-Benz has in a long while.

It drives well, with none of the “wooden” feel of E-classes it.

It is quieter than the E200 and more enjoyable than the despite its more modest

If you drove it blindfolded, and we’re not that you do, you might come thinking the car is a BMW 5-series.

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Its steering – a hit-and-miss affair this generation of E-class – is pure pleasure in your

The engine is primed for action at revs and relishes in redline at the same time. Along the it betrays no reluctance, or any harshness to of.

Its seven-speed autobox offers transmissions, and is intuitive enough to be at Drive. But if you have a memory a taxman, you could go through cogs manually.

It has a ride Grannies would approve of, and a of handling that is just of scintillating.

The car comes with a host of standard features, like access and ignition, memory automatic foldable wing cruise control (still the to use), and courtesy lamps

In a nutshell, this “middle has got the best mix of traits from its plus the bonus of a creamy

Its only flaw was a soft but whistling from the rear blowers.

The E230’s steering – a miss affair with generation of E-class cars – is pure pleasure in your

Price: $188,888 with COE

2,496cc 24-valve V6

Gearbox: automatic with manual

Power: 204bhp at 5,500rpm

245Nm at 2,900rpm

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