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Mark Phelan: 2014 E250 ages gracefully

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2014 Mercedes-Benz Bluetec 4Matic sedan

drive, five-passenger luxury

Price as tested: $63,370 destination charge)

Rating: . of four stars)

Reasons to Fuel economy, advanced handling, all-wheel drive

EPA fuel economy ratings

Key on vehicle tested:

The #9733;#9733;#9733; Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec luxury sedan is a peculiar in putting old wine in a new bottle. It has a new diesel engine and Mercedes’ semi-autonomous driving technologies, but competitors’ luxury, lacks common features and soldiers on a design theme Benz’ models have deserted.


The powerful and thrifty engine and the underlying goodness battle the age to a draw, but the 2014 E-class is a freshening to keep Mercedes’ model relevant versus competitors until an all-new arrives.

Prices for the 2014 start at $51,400 for a rear-wheel-drive Bluetec sedan with a little 2.1-liter four-cylinder The base price rises to for an all-wheel drive 4Matic Gasoline models start a rear-drive E350 sedan uses a 3.5L V6 and base of $51,900. A hybrid starts at All versions use Mercedes’ quick and seven-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes builds a plethora of models, including a coupe, station wagon and high-performance Prices for those can top $100,000.

I a nicely equipped E250 all-wheel-drive diesel equipped advanced driver assistance Harman/Kardon audio, navigation and It stickered at $63,370. These exclude destination charges.

The competes with midsize sedans such as the Acura BMW 5-series, Cadillac CTS, M, Jaguar XF and Lexus GS. The diesel Bluetec 4Matic’s direct are the all-wheel-drive Audi A6 TDI Quattro and BMW xDrive, front-drive Lincoln MKZ and rear-drive Infiniti M35h, GS 400h and hybrids. The AWD Acura RLX will join that when it goes on sale this year.

The sedan I tested had a comfortable and interior, but was a study in contrasts. The ashwood trim and satin chrome had an elegant, modern but the trim and upholstery don’t or feel as good as in many cars.

The exterior styling got new LED lights for 2014, but the overall looks out of step with newer designs.

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The E-class plenty of new features. Automated systems can steer the car back its lane, brake and accelerate in and halt completely to avoid a

It’s as comprehensive a set of safety and assistance systems as anything on the They all function reliably and With that level of available, I was surprised that basic systems like and cross-traffic alert were not standard.

The voice recognition manages calls and other functions The controls are reasonably easy to but Mercedes continues to avoid screens. A lack of push-button or doors that sense the approaching and unlock without the pressing the fob betray the E-class as than its competitors.

The engine is a marvel. At just 2.1 liters, smaller than the four-cylinder engine in a Honda Accord, but the and quick-shifting transmission team up to the E250 with confident on the highway and around town. largely thanks to 369 pound-feet of more power than the 5.3-liter V8 in a Chevrolet Silverado generates.

Engine noise and vibration are when the E250 accelerates from a stop, but the turbodiesel plenty of power at highway

The E250 Bluetec’s EPA fuel ratings are impressive. Rear-drive score 28 m.p.g. in the city, 45 on the and 34 combined. The all-wheel-drive model I handily exceeded its rating of averaging nearly 39 m.p.g. in a of hundred miles of mixed highway and country driving.

The is also fun, with a chassis and responsive steering reward enthusiastic driving.

Mercedes’ wine may be old, but it soured yet.

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Contact Phelan: mmphelan@freepress.com or 313-222-6731. him on Twitter @mark_phelan.

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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