First Drive Review: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Glenn Butler

2013 E-class

2013 Mercedes-Benz sedan

With the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz #160;E-class this we’re one step closer to the car.

The E-class includes active driving systems can accelerate and brake and even the car . which Benz says is all making driving safer and fatiguing. But the car cannot totally itself, not yet at least – the must still hold on to the wheel.#160;

The E-class is one of the first on sale in Australia (closely the launch of#160; the updated Accord ) that can steer

Previous systems from and other carmakers prompted the to make steering corrections the car stray from the lane, by vibrating the wheel or making a Some systems even a gentle push in the right to get you started. The Benz system one step further, steering for

This Active Drive worked well during#160;Drive’s#160;firsthand on a 10km-stretch of Melbourne’s Eastern this week. It provided directional adjustments, keeping the centred in the lane even it was sometimes hard to see through the and spray from cars The system only failed when standing water obscured lane markings.#160;

self-steering system will not lane position in anything than a gentle bend, and is so forceful that the driver easily override it with own steering inputs #8212; swerving out of a lane to avoid a for example. The system is also cut if the are activated.

Self-steering is just one of active driving features on the new Mercedes-Benz E-class as part of a mid-life update for Benz’s child. The car can also brake to a complete stop to avoid a with other cars and and can now also park itself.

All of these features are standard on all and wagon models except the petrol E200 and diesel Prices are up between $90 and $9,000 on the variant, but Benz claims increases are more than by improvements to equipment levels, and economy.#160;

Styling changes to the new loosely follow the theme by the A-class earlier this and are designed to give the E more presence. The previous model’s bodykit is now standard on the base-model as are 18-inch alloy wheels.#160;

The interior has also been though the changes aren’t One big difference, however, is the standard of three rear-facing seats in all models. Mercedes-Benz was keen to a seven-seater option in its passenger car after the recent demise of the

The new E-class range kicks off the E200 sedan at $79,990, $90 more than before. powered by a new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 135kW 10kW more than Peak torque remains the at 270Nm, though it’s now from 1200rpm to 4000rpm. not an particularly powerful engine to but is smooth and refined in its delivery, and the automatic transmission drops quickly to help acceleration.

The 6.4-litre/100km fuel economy also puts it below the tax threshold.

This engine is in the new E250 sedan and wagon, in a stronger 155kW/350Nm tune, up 5kW and on the old E250. The extra grunt radically transform the driving but it is noticeably more willing in to the accelerator. It also makes for a relaxed drive because the torque means the transmission need to change down as

Surprisingly, this stronger tune has no impact on fuel according to official fuel provided by Benz. The E250 the same 6.4L/100km rating as the

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The $96,400 E250 comes with all the Intelligent Drive (pedestrian avoidance, self-steering, which Benz believes make it the most popular with consumers.

A close will be the E250 CDI turbodiesel carries over the previous 2.1-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This 150kW/500Nm is a real sweetie to drive; enthusiastic and surprisingly quiet, yet its consumption rating of 4.9-litres/100km is not the in the new E-class range.#160;

That belongs to the new E300 Bluetech Australia’s first diesel-electric car. It wasn’t so long ago getting 1,000km out of a tank of was impressive. The E300 Hybrid that benchmark to 1,850km its 80-litre tank.#160;

It combines the 2.1-litre turbocharged diesel engine with an motor and battery pack to a fuel economy rating of on the combined city/country cycle. better, says Benz, the components which add 70kg to the mass all package around and the drivetrain, so there’s no adverse on boot space like system, for example.#160;

The E300 was not available to drive at the launch. It carry a $108,900 price tag it arrives in July.

Also for test was the E400 that both the V6-powered E350 and E500. The E400 introduces an twin-turbocharged V6 engine from with 245kW and 480Nm. capable of hitting 100km/h rest in 5.3 seconds, just slower than the 300kW/600Nm it replaces.#160;

There’s good news for AMG too, with Mercedes-Benz the 20kW power Performance option standard on the#160; new E63 AMG . means it’ll have exactly#160; the same as the HSV GTS unveiled this month .

The E63 gets all the and driver assistance updates and a of $249,900, $9k more than the old E63 but $8,500 less than the old pack’ version. The E63 AMG is due in September.

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