MercedesBenz EClass an independent road test report

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Car Review

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The much improved eighth Mercedes-Benz E Class is now an Executive contender that Directorship-level shouldn’t ignore. Jonathan reports

Ten Second Review

The E-Class has a reputation for buttoned-down It’s one continued by this improved eighth generation which retains a sensible but dials up the desirability, aiming to a smarter, more prestigious to Executive class motoring its closest German rivals. It so with efficient engines, technology and comfort that you question the need for a larger saloon.

Background

No car epitomises Mercedes-Benz stands for better this one — the E-Class. known it by that name 1986 but the history of this actually dates all the way back to and the introduction of the original ‘W120′ design, widely regarded as the first truly modern car. And this model has truly modern throughout the generations since, pioneering from safety passenger technology to turbodiesel engines, that continues here in much improved ‘W212′ version, the most comprehensively Mercedes-Benz ever. You’ll it by its more curvaceous nose but the smarter look lie the more state-of-the-art virtues this will need if it’s to to be its maker’s most profitable As before, its market appeal be vast, with private the focus of pretty Coupe and versions and the far larger business targeted by the saloon and estate we’re going to talk here. One of these must be all things to all commercial people, as to, say, a taxi operator in base diesel form as in spec it will be to a top executive. It in short, be a very thoroughly product indeed. Let’s put it to the

Driving Experience

Though you can a 252bhp V6 diesel E350 model and a couple of top V8 petrol E63 AMG developing either 557 or 585bhp, E-class models now have cylinder power. Mainstream models are these days around a 2.0-litre turbocharged rather than the previous 1.8 and rather a clever one too, direct injection and twin turbocharging. This efficient unit comes in two different of tune, with even the E200 offering 184bhp, for 62mph in 7.9s on the way to 145mph. that, the pokier E250 has and improves these figures to and 151mph: not bad for a car able to return 50mpg in normal use. might make you think about choosing one of the 2.1-litre that almost all UK E-Class tend to want — but not for very long. There’s 30% pulling power on offer the two four cylinder CDI units, the 400Nm available from the E220CDI, enough to get it to 62mph in on the way to 141mph. With 204bhp on the pokier E250 CDI improves figures to 7.5s and 150mph. the same turn of speed in as you’ll get from probably the interesting variant in this E-Class line-up, the diesel/electric BlueTEC Hybrid. Truly executive motoring.

Design and Build

Mercedes is careful not to meddle too fundamentally the things that define its popular products, especially it comes to aesthetics. Here, different. The traditional bonnet gone, replaced by a larger badge in the centre of a more front grille flanked by a pair of curvaceously flowing These now operate within a lens that incorporates light elements intended to the typical four-eyed look has come to characterise this Slip behind the wheel and materials with meticulous serve to raise the perceived and functionality of this car. a redesigned centre console with extra storage making up for the fact that the pockets are as small as ever. As you sit quite low and you’d be excused for initial confusion with all the paddles and buttons that to be mastered on the nappa-leather-trimmed multi-function wheel, along with the menus of the standard COMMAND system whose 7 colour dominates the top of the dash. But you quickly not only to these but also to E-Class anomalies like the parking brake and the steering gearstick. And once you have, set to more readily appreciate design that’s just bit more special this around. Out back, the 540-litre in the saloon while the spacious version ups luggage capacity to a total.

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Market and Model

You’re likely to be paying somewhere in the to £45,000 bracket for your once you’ve allowed for a few extras. If you’d like the practicality of the estate version its standard self-levelling rear for heavy loads, then need to allow an extra over the cost of an equivalent These two bodystyles are our focus but just for reference, the model-for-model to go from a four-door like to a sleeker E-Class Coupe the same engine will be between £1,600 and £2,600, on the variant you’re looking at. much more than in the case of the desirable Cabriolet — allow a premium of £5,000. As for engines, well though the direct injection petrol turbo engines in the E200 and E250 models only around 10% of UK buyers them. You can see why given that the to upgrade to the torquier 2.1-litre used in the volume E220 CDI and CDI variants is so marginal. The 204bhp used in the pokier of these two is found in the diesel/electric E300 Hybrid version which, if a £40,000 budget, makes an alternative to the similarly priced V6 I’ve been trying in this E350 BlueTEC. The powerful V8 petrol 5.5-litre E63 AMG saloon models are really a entity entirely, priced in the to £85,000 bracket.

Cost of Ownership

The focus on four-cylinder models has meant the average cost of running an has tumbled. Mercedes even the E63 AMG model as the most efficient of its type. Go for a four-cylinder unit and looking at 48.7mpg from the E200 and E250 models, emissions of 135g/km to boot. a diesel engine and economy from 60.1mpg for the E220 CDI to for the E350 Bluetec V6. The diesel/electric Hybrid nets 69mpg and Specify it with an automatic and you’ll see 64.2mpg and 116g/km. the E63 AMG doesn’t turn in too catastrophic a at the pumps, averaging 28.8mpg and 230g/km. Drive it as designed and figure may well dip somewhat. values are some of the best in the although you will have to an eye on options pricing if you want to a cap on your pence per mile


Summary

Think of Mercedes and you think of luxury limousines, roadsters, championship-winning racing or unbreakable commercial vehicles. In though, this car, the is actually the rock on which the is built — and has been for six decades. It hasn’t always the most inspiring choice in its but legions of loyal owners never minded that. Directorship-level models, they might be slightly plusher or a better to drive but none has the of occasion that this one with it. You’ll have hard to be in a position to enjoy a car this and you need to feel when at last, you take of the keys. Here you will be: as simple as that. And in a more smarter and more dynamic way at the of this vastly improved generation version. It’s a car now to make a much stronger for itself, not just amongst the heartland of Mercedes customers but with younger buyers and who would once have to a BMW for driving excellence and an Audi for focus. What’s more, managed this without the very DNA that makes a what it is. All of which means if you’ve always wanted you’ve now more reasons ever to wish upon a

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