Driven to distraction

26 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Driven to distraction
First Drive | Madrid, | Mercedes-Benz E-Class |

The E-Class is a model in the Mercedes-Benz range, the saloon selling over units since its 1947 With every new edition it has safer, more efficient and to drive and the new car boasts excellent and emissions performance, a myriad of equipment and phenomenal refinement and It’s also a good some of the driving mojo delivered with its C-Class it through to its larger relative.

In the

The lines of the new E-Class that on the motor show stand and the in Detroit look softer and far appealing in natural light. a more assertive looking car before, which retains the look of its predecessors thanks to its lamp set up and contoured bonnet. The is perhaps the fussiest aspect, the lights looking a bit contrived; the LED lights on the Avantgarde and Sport even look like an

Bold rear wing which apes that of the ‘Pontoon’ model works well in the metal, the E-Class its best from the back and in Inside it’s all similar to the in layout, though thankfully the have done a better job at the main screen into the top of the The seats, as ever, offer support and comfort and the boot is vast – one option worth having to stop sliding between the time in the gargantuan boot is a slide-and-push-down holder that’s perfect for shopping, laptop bags and the

What you get for your Money

You get a lot than you got with the old E-Class in the new Mercedes is being quite with both the pricing and to give it the best chance in these tougher economic All cars come with the new Assist, a driver drowsiness system, along with the luxuries like climate Bluetooth connection, heated and adjustable front seats and guidance front and rear.

The UK market get three simplified and specified trim levels SE, Avantgarde and Sport – the SE trim only offered on the cars.

Driving it

The E-Class has matched the dynamic excellence of the BMW 5 for serious drivers and that the situation with the new car. no complaint though as it rides far is more refined and also greater comfort. As a long-distance machine the E-Class is exceptionally

Mercedes has absolutely crammed the with its latest assistance the E-Class offered with Assist, Pre-Safe, Adaptive Adaptive headlight Assist, Plus, ESP, Speed Assist, Intelligent lighting, View Assist Plus, Keeping Assist and Blind Assist – along standard Attention Assist as earlier.

There’s no arguing the technology behind the vast of safety equipment, but many are a distraction on the road. The near flashing of lights and bonging of chimes in traffic and the vibrating of the wheel when you cross a line combined with information like the speed being displayed after passed a big red and white sign it on already is hugely distracting. Speed Limit Assist currently work in the UK thanks to our signage, and we’d forget optioning things like Spot Assist and Lane Assist too as they simply get in the way of the E-Class’s impressive driving

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Refinement is sensational with being virtually no wind, or engine noise. The suspension is too, giving the E-Class ride comfort. The steering is inert but turn in is crisp the E-Class handling tidily the roads get twisty.

The majority will never see an alpine and instead will pound out miles on motorways where the really feels at home; about the most comfortable and car we’ve ever driven.

The range is hugely impressive We’ve sampled three of the so far: the 220 CDI and 250 CDI turbodiesels and the 350 CGI V6 petrol All are ‘BlueEfficiency’ units, the diesels all a remarkable combined consumption of 53.3mpg and CO 2 of 139g/km. They’re and revvy too, the 220 CDI’s being enough for most, but a touch in mid-range grunt, is addressed comprehensively by the muscular 250

It is so punchy that you could be convinced it’s packing at two more cylinders – an incredibly rounded performer on the road and for the environment. The petrol smooth and able as they lack the CDI’s mid-range ensuring the diesels remain the choice – diesels up almost 90 per cent of the outgoing sales.

Worth Noting

economy and emissions figures for the are pretty remarkable. With of around 20 per cent over its the E-Class (and the diesel in particular) allows you to drive executive saloon with a conscience. So important are those CO 2 that Mercedes fits the cars with a smaller tank, presumably to reduce the weight when full of – allowing a lower CO 2 on the official test cycle.

The headline 139g/km figure for all the diesels will rise if you opt for the which costs Ј1,458. Eco models will arrive year and Mercedes is working on drivetrains too, which be introduced during the E-Class’s


A key model in the range, it is surprising that Mercedes has everything it has got behind the E-Class. of the technology offered is overkill and to us to the detriment of the relaxed drive the offers. An E 250 CDI automatic with the trim – which AMG exterior styling – is all the car you ever need.

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