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Mercedes-Benz E 250 D W210

Mercedes Benz E250 Review

Terrible foot-operated brake and column gearshift are anachronisms.

Until 1963 had a completely logical approach to nomenclature. The numbers equated to capacity, so that a 220S a 2.2-litre engine and a 300SEL had a unit.  In 1963 the company its Rolls-Royce rival, the 600. engine displaced 6.3 litres but must have decided ‘630’ didn’t sound right.

But the real trouble when this fantastic was dropped into the smaller Perhaps consideration was given to the resulting hotrod the 630SEL, but would have led to confusion the limousine range. And so we got the Mercedes-Benz 6.3.

In terms of identifying models from the numbers on the it has been constantly down since then.

So the Mercedes-Benz sedan which is the subject of review does not have a engine. Indeed the ‘250’ has meaning except for placing car above the E200 and below the .

I guess few simple systems can forever. The relief here is ‘E250’ is such a simple I found I had to include the word because there are E-Class cabriolets and wagons. Its full is actually the Mercedes-Benz E250 Blue EFFICIENCY but that’s silly since this is the E250 sedan Daimler ion the Australian market.

Even the term E-Class was not adopted until September when the 300E became the But the true history of the E-Class dates back to 1956 the so-called ‘Ponton’ models their debut.

These the best mid-size sedans in the and the 220S proved popular in despite costing much than a Jaguar 2.4. It had a 6-cylinder engine and the ‘S’ stood for

After the ‘Ponton’ came the ’Fintail’, again very in Australia. For years the 220SE ‘E’ standing for fuel-injection, then a feature in production cars) was the prestigious car of its size.

Several generations later the W124 were introduced to the local There was an underpowered 4-cylinder and the wonderful 300E.

The rule of until quite recently you had to get a 6-cylinder E-Class if you wanted urge. But this new E250 a direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder which displaces just 1.8

It looks to be the way of the near future for engine technology. Volkswagen, and Skoda have taken road. And so has Ford with the new Falcons. In all cases the engine is than you would expect for the of the vehicle but is extremely efficient due to the of direct-injection and turbocharging.

The latest E250 epitomises the marque’s values. It is understated yet elegant, fast but highly fuel-efficient, safe, quiet, comfortable and

Despite strong rivals BMW, Audi and Jaguar, the remains the benchmark car in this as it has been since 1956 if the 1996-2002 W210 was not as good as it have been).

Daimler, shrugged off the ‘Chrysler’ but at great was keen to express its history in the of the W212 E-Class. Anyone passingly familiar with the can recognise that this is an evolution of that basic But the designers incorporated a heavy theme with rear intended to invoke memories of the 220S.

Opinions differ, but mine is this is a well balanced car and those guards are not out of place. is a lot of dignity about the E-Class from its distinctive quad treatment and traditional grille its gentle wedge profile and executed nostalgic flared guards.

Like so many it is colour-sensitive and my choice would be a hue than the Tenorite Grey of the test vehicle. Tasteful as colour is and nicely offset by the Beige leather, it shouts


To free up space the front seats, Daimler’s located the selector for the automatic on the steering column. It is easy to mistake it for an indicator switch and is, at counter-intuitive in an era when we expect control to be located on the floor.

that with the absurd parking brake and you might the ergonomics dated. There is no reason for this cumbersome pedal when a small to operate an electronic parking takes up so little space. The car be better with the gearshift on the and a button for the brake occupying a few millimeters of the same real

Mercedes-Benz E 250 D W210

These irritations aside, is little else to criticise. I am not a fan of the looking gauges, which are a far cry the plain but handsome ones in older Mercedes.

The cabin is and well equipped. It could belong to a Mercedes-Benz. On design it is no for an Audi A6. but most Mercedes would not even consider an Audi. The split-fold rear liberates even more space but 550 litres makes a starting point. There are spaces between the seats and each of the front ones.

and black ash wood trim are

Avantgarde specification is standard on the but adds $6500 to the cost of an or E220.

Daimler-Benz was obsessed automotive safety in the 1950s few other manufacturers seemed to it much thought. The zeal of Nader was not a pre-condition for putting near the top of the engineering priorities. You therefore, take a 5-star safety rating for granted.

Bi-xenon headlights, 17-inch wheels, parking guidance and a interface are all standard.


The E250’s 1.8-litre turbocharged delivers 150 kW of power and 310 Nm of torque. has made the 7-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission. With the two ratios, performance is seamless and few customers will feel the (as opposed to the desire) for more

Interestingly, the same engine in powerful guise is used in the where it makes 135 kW and 270 Nm. But the fuel figure of 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres to both versions.


A serene ride, agile and precise steering have been Mercedes-Benz attributes. recent models do not have eight in the steering but this is not the with the E-Class sedan. a lovely, effortless car to drive and is balanced. No, it is not as sporty in character as a BMW but the buyer profile is rather The E250 is a car to please traditional owners and to woo new ones.

Anyone familiar with the or even the W123 mid-size will feel instantly at in this latest E-Class. But it 6-cylinder levels of performance outstanding economy. It really offer the best of all worlds for a luxury sedan (unless the 0-100 km/h time is thing).

Mercedes-Benz E 250 D W210
Mercedes-Benz E 250 D W210
Mercedes-Benz E 250 D W210
Mercedes-Benz E 250 D W210
Mercedes-Benz E 250 D W210

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