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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2013: Review

Mercedes-Benz E 250 CDI and E 300 BlueTec

International Launch

Catalonia,

What we liked:

Impressive

Significantly enhanced styling

hybrid power delivery

Not so

Hybrid makes the diesel agricultural

Mild turbo lag the diesel

Cruise control where the indicator should be

Benz’s two-pronged answer to the environment

Long has the argument which is the better alternative? or hybrid?

Mercedes-Benz has cut through the by offering two cars in its new E-Class that have both covered. And the icing on the cake is the hybrid is a diesel as well. We previously driven the upgraded E. but a assessment of the two eco-friendly sedans was we believe – sort of a mini-comparison.

the E 250 CDI in the one corner, expected to be the volume-selling variant in Australia, matched up the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid – a completely quantity in this market.

AND EQUIPMENT

Added sophistication of to come at a cost?

Mercedes-Benz is keeping its powder dry on the question of pricing for the new E-Class, although the importer has vaguely indicated where prices rise in the of specific variants, Benz ensure there’s at least the value in extra features


The rumour is that full price and specification details be revealed next month. has confirmed in the meantime, however, the Adaptive High Beam Plus safety feature be standard for the E 400 and E 63 models, but for everything (including E 250 CDI and E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid), it be available as part of an option In the main though, our rule of is that high-tech safety are likely to be rolled out as standard the local range. And a Euro-spec provided by the events staff for the launch backs up that indicating Attention Assist, Prevention Assist, Pre-Safe and will be standard.

How will the E 250 CDI and the E 300 compare for price? As we’ve noted. the premium for the hybrid might be anywhere up to $17,000 the price of the E 250, going on pricing for the pre-update E-Class, as as insinuation from Mercedes-Benz That sort of money like a lot, but pales in with even the starting of the E-Class range in Australia – – reflecting the nominal prices accept to get behind the wheel of the Merc.

Whatever premium Benz for the hybrid model will be by extra features not fitted to the E 250, and driveability gains – acceleration, better step-off, running. And as we know from the Benz dealers will so don’t expect transaction for the hybrid (or the E 250 for that matter) to be a image of the manufacturer’s list

MECHANICAL

Diesel makes the hybrid gallops up it

The internal engine in each of these is basically the same 2.1-litre four-cylinder, developing 150kW and Both engines are Euro and drive through a seven-speed transmission (with wet-plate in the case of the hybrid) to the rear A 20kW electric motor supplements the power of the E 300’s engine develops 250Nm and can run of the four-cylinder.

In parallel with the the electric motor supplies added performance to shave 0.4 off the E 250 CDI’s 0-100km/h time of 7.5 Yet fuel consumption is better with the hybrid achieving in NEDC combined-cycle testing – 5.2 for the E 250. The motor is situated the engine and the transmission, and operates as an when the driver lifts the off the accelerator. By default, the E 300 BlueTEC launch using electric alone, unless the driver a higher rate of acceleration. for the motor is supplied by a lithium-ion under the bonnet.

PACKAGING

the last iota of ergonomic

In our earlier review of the E-Class our correspondent, Michael Taylor, the new model for its much improved And while we generally argue beauty is a subjective quality, little doubt most will acknowledge that the styling has come ahead in and bounds.

Pictures don’t do it justice; seeing the car on the road – the impact of its daytime running achieving their full effect – is enough to make the observer perform a double-take. It is proportioned, better rounded in than one sense of the word and less fussy-yet-conservative.

From the wheel, the E-Class is a more design than models the past. Switchgear was largely as it has in the E-Class for years, the only being the gear shifter on the column, which posed no at all, after years of the same setup in other models. Two stalks on the left of the column (including one for the cruise took a little while to get to one from the other. The cruise stalk was the one you want to flick to change of direction, as indeed on one occasion.

Among the rest of the trip graphics, the hybrid’s energy-flow provided an exemplary case for vehicle designers to follow. The was simple and intuitive to take in at a White arrows to the rear in the display’s elevated cut-away when positive torque was through the final drive – and from either the engine or the motor, or both – and green away from the drive clearly illustrated energy in progress.

The hybrid we drove was the rather than the sedan we see in Australia. It did provide an impression of the way the E 300 will shape up however, and was comparable in most respects the E 250 CDI sedan supplied for the drive

Both cars delivered of room front and rear, for this writer, access to the seat was hampered slightly by the of the A pillars – particularly when the was initially adjusted further The seats themselves proved and required little adjustment to the needs of most drivers.

cargo space was quite although shallow in the case of the with room under the for a full-size spare, but occupied in by a tyre repair kit on the European program.

SAFETY

The future of safety has arrived

It barely to be said that the W212 is rated five stars for by Euro NCAP – and that the new is unlikely to score less that – or that the new car comes nine airbags as standard and the primary safety aids brakes and electronic stability mandated by governments around the

Where the revised E-Class new ground is its raft of exotic and electronic safety features one will only find on a luxury car – and especially a Benz. of these features, such as Parking Assist, for instance, the lines between safety and

A multi-purpose stereo camera between the rear-vision mirror and the looks forward of the car in two different at an angle of 45 degrees and a range of up to 50 Visual data from the is fed into different safety including Traffic Sign (which we won’t get in Australia) and Assist Plus with Assist. According to Benz, the can identify pedestrians in the road of the car. Junction Assist to the vehicle’s ability to ‘see’ and traffic crossing in front of the car and a collision accordingly. Through the Prevention Assist system, at up to 50km/h the E-Class will initiate emergency braking for a in front of the car, as well as and other obstacles.

An additional 360-degree camera monitors all four sides of the and provides input for Distronic with Steering Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and the Parking Assist system, is also aided, naturally, by sensors located in the bumpers. detect objects at distances from 1.2 metres to up to 4.5 metres, in the of the side-looking sensors in the front As the car turns while reversing, the end moves through a larger arc, necessitating the longer ultrasonics. Active Parking can deliver both reverse and parking.

The E-Class also the ante with on-board A multi-mode system facing the detects objects up to 80 metres in a 16-degree sweep, or through a range over an angle of 80 The former is designed to activate the Plus system, which the car and its occupants for a rear-end collision in the it detects a vehicle approaching behind at a speed and distance it unsafe. First it flashes the lights to alert the driver of the car and then it tensions seatbelts and other passive safety for deployment. Finally, it clamps hard on the brakes to reduce the of the Mercedes being pushed into other vehicles or and incurring further damage or

The secondary radar system at the covers not only the area behind the car, but also the adjacent, on either side of the to feed data concerning positioning into the Active Keeping Assist system. radar systems include range radars (30-metre scope) to cover the car’s three-quarter blind spots, a short-range radar and a long-range (200 metres/18 degrees) a mid-range scan facility (60 60 degrees).

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

All radars support Lane Keeping Assist, but the units are also tied Collision Prevention Assist and Plus with Steering Collision Prevention Assist the prospect of the Mercedes slamming the rear of a car or other solid in front, while Distronic not only keeps a safe distance between the Mercedes and the car in it also applies some to the steering wheel if the driver is at the wheel and the car is moving out of its lane.

In Active Lane Keeping uses braking on one side to the car back into its lane if danger of a side impact The safety system will apply the brakes to affect manoeuvre where the road is by an unbroken white line on the If the lines are dotted the system simply transmit a vibrating through the wheel to alert the the car is leaving the lane without the operating.

Other safety features include Attention Assist, to the driver alert; Active Spot Assist, which the driver to a vehicle positioned in a spot; and Active High Assist Plus, which has been cleared by the federal for ADR approval. Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the lighting system will be as standard to E 400 and E 63 AMG models sold but will have to be specified as of an option pack on the lesser

All E-Class models gain LED lights and part-LED headlights, but vehicles with Active Beam Assist Plus full LED systems. The LEDs the flexibility of diminishing light in areas and directions to keep beam operating to cover all of the road, without dazzling drivers. In effect, the system adjusts the throw and power of the in the direction of the on-coming vehicle, that car in a contrived ‘shadow’, reducing the coverage anywhere The system responds automatically and the shadow to stay with the car as it approaches and its relative angle and change.

COMPETITORS

Setback for rivals?

While BMW’s is more or less a direct to the E 250 CDI, the BMW is cheaper. It’s powerful, but also more

Conversely, the BMW ActiveHybrid5 is one of the ‘performance’ in this market segment with Infiniti M35h and GS 450h), but can’t be said to be a to the E 300 BlueTec Hybrid. For a start the BMW is expensive than we expect the to be when it arrives in local from June. Then the consideration that the BMW’s six confers an unfair performance – which is diminished in a hybrid by its fuel consumption.

There are a number of large sedans could be cross-shopped against the E 250 CDI – them the Audi A6 2.0 TDI, the M30d (at a pinch) and the Jaguar XF 2.2 – but combining diesel power electric. that’s a market Benz practically has to itself. V60 Plug-in Hybrid is diesel-powered, but a smaller vehicle and a plug-in. there’s no word yet on whether even see that car in Australia.

ON THE

Comfortable, relaxing – and safe

laid on a drive program the airport at Barcelona, down the coast to the south west, turning inland and heading through the Penedes region and off at the Can Bonastre hotel for a press before heading back to The winding coast road was not the appropriate test environment for the the E 300 being the first vehicle but it did highlight the impressive driveability of the

With just 20kW from the electric motor it ran out of puff as soon as the road up hill, compelling the diesel to cut in. But credit to Benz, the electric provides just enough grunt to sand off the rough of the diesel’s character without excessive power from the battery. Based on how the E 300 drove, have to say that the engineers judged very finely the needs of power/performance and efficiency in large car.

With the E diesel usually not required to until the car was already on the move, the process – and the symbiotic nature of the drivetrain – led to altogether smoother than in the case of the E 250 CDI. On one occasion was the E 300’s power less than flawless: on a run as the system shut down the while it was still providing braking through the transmission.

than that, the system with the kind of emollient we’ve come to expect of a passenger car. It additionally the same sort of driving we’ve previously experienced in hybrids, but the E 300 is not a plug-in. Compared conventional hybrids, such as Prius, there was none of the droning and the driving experience is one of a vehicle that is really most of the time, with a hint of driveline vibration the diesel is operating.

With the engine providing the bulk of the power, it’s bound to be more frequently than the engine in a plug-in, the likes of Volt, for instance, or the Volvo V60 – which is the only other hybrid this writer has encountered. However, while the did fire up sooner than the E 300 was still averaging 7.1L/100km, as to the 9.4L/100km posted by the E 250.

If the output of the electric motor anaemic, there’s a decent of torque available for launch. The motor of the E 300 develops up to 250Nm from the moment the driver the foot, so there’s no waiting for the diesel engine’s turbo to up a head of steam. And it’s in context, contrasting with the E 250 where the 20kW and 250Nm more than adequate. the driver need more from a standing start right across traffic, for the diesel engine fires up and joins the chorus.

When it to driveline refinement specifically, the was clearly superior to the conventional which Benz expects to be the in the range. The difference between the two was the drivetrain would absorb of the roughness normally expected of

Where the E 300 would motor from a standing start electric power only, the system would crank the diesel in the E 250 using a conventional motor – with some of the bump and grind encountered in a four-cylinder called upon to up immediately. Not to say that the E 250 was as rough as some other auto-stop from other prestige but it was shaded by the smoothness of the hybrid’s So don’t be confused, the E 250 is still a and subdued vehicle for a diesel, but the serenity of the hybrid would about make it worth extra tacked on to the purchase if that’s important to E-Class – and we think it is.

Steering in both provided a good balance of power assistance when and acceptable feedback for a large sedan. In fact the steering improved as speeds rose and forces placed more on the tyres. The E-Class can be enjoyable to into corners, although in a sort of way. Buyers in the target demographic needn’t themselves that the steering and elements of the car’s passive might be nervy or startling.

comfort in both cars agreeable and the two were very in terms of peace and quiet The E 250’s ride and NVH – other driveline-specific noise and vibration – slightly better resolved the E 300’s. That’s likely to be in part by the sedan body of the E 250 passengers from some road noise and exhaust.

But aside any differences between and wagon types, the clear here was the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid. have gained greater from Aussie buyers in years – and the E 300 is a diesel too, of – whereas hybrids still from an image problem of Quite simply, however, the E 300 everything the E 250 does – and better. We forward to giving it a burl on roads.

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