MercedesBenz E220 CDI review (20072009) MSN Cars UK

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Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI AT Special Series

Mercedes-Benz E220 CDI review

Bodystyle: Four-door saloon

2.2-litre turbodiesel

Transmission: auto

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Where it fit?

The E-Class closely its German arch-rivals in terms of target clientele and aspirational But it does so while costing a chunk more than the Audi A6 or BMW 5-Series, in the usual manner. It’s almost hierarchy; Audi’s the cheapest, BMW, then the Benz. The E 220 CDI is the E (the company even a fleet-special ‘Executive’ trim) if you want it with posh yet capped running costs, comes in as-tested Avantgarde The E-Class was facelifted in 2006, but it was a one: only a Benz-spotter ring the changes.

Is it for you?

If the Audi is sophisticated, and the BMW then the Mercedes is traditional. wager the average age of an E-Class is higher than the other two – not a bad thing, just a pointer to the it does well. Namely, you along in unflurried elegance and remaining timeless and presentable its age. It doesn’t ‘say’ too controversial about you, the BMW. And, with a anti-breakdown warranty, it’s the ideal car for keeps. With the Mercedes overhauled the build ensuring it has the rock-solid longevity to you may want to.

What does it do well?

It well-oiled, cushioned absorbency oozes expensive class. In the ride is generally genteel and at speed it’s damped a huge ocean liner. is immense and controls have an precision-made feel. The engine surprises, with genuine in regular use, plus a of vibration and four-cylinder unpleasantry. responsive and pacy, but what’s impressive is the big-engine torque; at 2,000rpm. The thirsty E 350 V6 petrol? 258lb/ft (and a whole more fuss to go with It may lack the seven-speed automatic of the end models but with the torque on the five-speed self-shifter is just

What doesn’t it do well?

Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI AT Special Series

It’s hardly the sporting Stable steering means a of bite, plus a strange of heft and absent self-centring at low rubbery over-assisted remoteness at Press-on motoring sees it into corners, with yanking passengers in response to body roll. The admirable of the engine is spoiled by perceptible vibrations, while the ride aged in its thuddery response to inputs. On gristly countryside it can jostle occupants as it patters the Avantgarde’s lowered suspension is to blame in part. This age pegs the famous Benz values, too.

What’s it to live with?

It soothes. from blood pressure? Get one of road rage will again blight your Such evident quality here – from the close of the to the action of the brake pedal, it granite-hewn (bulletproof Benzes are Mercedes’ usual very seats feature up front made for 6 non-stop hours the wheel), as does a dash dating but otherwise feels to use. The Avantgarde’s white-lit look fantastic at night. Up the cabin is reasonably spacious and (albeit trounced by the massive while the 540-litre boot is as as you’d expect.

How green is it?

Here’s where you be surprised. Think a big Benz big fuel bills? Not with the 2.2-litre four-pot diesel. The figure is 44.8mpg and we had no trouble into the 40s during a 200-mile trip. Indeed, through speed zones on the motorway, flashed up on the trip computer for a pretty impressive. But is it enough to the heady list price and options costs? For instance, you even start, you need to add for an auto gearbox, meaning the E-Class is an impossibility. Economical to not to buy.

Would we buy it?

In the executive car sector, we a rare choice to buy a car to fit perfectly our driving style and desires. The ticks all the comfort/quality/refinement boxes; the 220 CDI may be the diesel, but it still manages to surprisingly expensive. Good as it is. The equivalent base-spec A6 costs less. Of course, it’s not like a BMW, and far more than the Audi. But the very engine proves that in most basic guise, still a very satisfying We’d go for the 5-Series; yet, the still earns our respect.

Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI AT Special Series

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