Safest bet in its class – Mercedes E250

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Mercedes E 200

Safest bet in its class – E250

ANTHONY FFRENCH-CONSTANT THE LATEST GENERATION OF MERCEDES’ E-CLASS, A CAR DEFINED BY QUITE LEVELS OF GADGETRY

In an increasingly attempt to assess honest engineering rather than over-solicitous electronics, I switched on spanking new E-Class and then a good five minutes the wheel frantically trying to everything but the engine off again.

Limit Assist? No thank Lane Keeping Assist? Not now. Blind Spot My neck works fine, Attention Assist? Lunch nearly large enough to a snooze. Distronic Plus? manage, thanks all the same. Highbeam Assist? Night Assist Plus?

Not at three in the pal Victim of a nanny state, the journalist who’d recently this E 250 CDI was clearly more happy to be the victim of a nanny car to Even the driver’s seat system had been over-activated to under its oriental occupant a bean-bag full of gently pythons

Time was, the didn’t need a Unique Point.The cooking model consistently coutured in the hearing-aid of the German taxi fleet sold simply because it nuclear holocaust survival with the cockroach; a basic yet saloon carved from a block of granite, invariably with a power plant not vigorous enough to propel it the road with anything genuine vim.

But then it all went somewhat shaped. Niggling quality saw reliability take a nose to such an extent that, in the E-Class heartland, purchase became an issue and Toyota bulk-buying beige paint.

The new seeks to redress this hiccup in an otherwise illustrious by re-establishing its durability credentials, prices, maintaining a handsome of occasionally feeble engines and not one, but two USPs.

The first, the dollops of hot fidgety fuss and itch associated with the car for a first journey is, self and on an almost unprecedented scale, The second is something called Conjuring images of trendy or, perhaps, a lacklustre marketing efforts to improve the image of malodorous little cubes lurk in the bowl of an unloved BlueEFFICIENCY is, in fact, the new green in

Available on all four and six cylinder in the new model range, BlueEFFICIENCY a smattering of energy-efficient measures to lower fuel consumption by 3mpg and reduce emissions to tax-friendly levels. These new tyres with up to 17% less resistance; energy saving fuel pumps, air-conditioning and steering pumps; fuel and gear shift indicators; and an eco system which, despite a 95% bias in favour of automatic will only be available on versions of the E 200 CGI when it reaches our in 2010.

This unfortunate oversight however, the efficacy of BlueEFFICIENCY be ignored. Priced from to £47,010, the E-Class range with a choice of three new engines, a new V6 petrol unit and the familiar, decidedly un blue, V8, with three more plants planned before the end of

168bhp E 220CDI and 201bhp E turbo diesel models the same four cylinder, block, and, mated to automatic transmissions, both emissions of just 159g/km, the also returning 47.1mpg in the cycle. And that, for a big car weighing in at is pretty remarkable.

Less is the styling transformation of the next E-Class; hardly surprising in the of its ultra-conservative customer core. longer, 32mm wider, lower and with a wheelbase longer than its predecessor, the new car is enough, though unlikely to any ocular frocks up.

The front an appropriately careful evolution of the four headlamp layout, the addition of ice hockey stick-shaped lights located, strangely, you’d expect to find fog rather than serving as headlamp eye-liner in the manner of rivals. In profile, a vestigial wheel arch blister homage to Mercedes’ 1953 is the only possible cause for whilst the rump is entirely Those in need of a ‘sportier’ then, should see the mutton-dressed-as-a CLS for details.

However, in a move of not inconsiderable clearly conjured out of revenge for the of its long-standing status as primary of hackney carriages to Germany’s classes, Mercedes has imbued the with an astonishingly low drag of just 0.25, instantly Toyota’s new Prius hybrid to no than joint first in the world’s-most-aerodynamically-efficient car stakes. And the impending of an E-Class coupe boasting Cd should salt the wounds

On board, customer-conscious caution is evident; the emphasis clearly on familiarity, comfort and quality than flamboyance. Again, is largely successful, though need to dissuade the massage from throbbing like a hammered thumb and dial out all the adjustment to find true seat comfort. Perceived is somewhat let down by electric adjustment of near-trebuchet violence and clumsy trim detailing the steering column recess and one dull ‘wood’ finish appears to have been out of a tube and then smoothed place with a cake-icing

Destined to replace the current E 220 CDI as the UK the £30,413 E 250 CDI quietly demonstrates degrees of dynamic competence ever deigning to actually Via Mercedes’ admirably smooth but five-speed automatic transmission, a 0-62mph time of 7.4 seconds somewhat optimistic despite of available torque, and the turbo becomes surprisingly vocal worked hard.Why, one wonders, no box for a potential best-seller? However, a drive of the lesser, 168bhp confirms a marked performance over the 220 CDI which, in time-honoured fashion, still couldn’t a new-age traveller off your

Mercedes E 220

Even buffeted by gale Spanish launch venue the car remains super tanker at cruising speeds. Variable steering does precisely it says on the tin, but isn’t garrulous when it comes to the of information.The ride, abetted by a mechanical adaptive damping is appropriately cosseting but not entirely proof; a tendency to bounce enthusiastically over rapidly surfaces suggests an occasional of damper control, and ultimately it may to be seats rather than which spare occupants the British roads have to

Time spent behind the of the E 350 CGI confirms that Mercedes’ new 288bhp, 3.5 litre, direct-injection V6 a quieter, quicker, far classier for the new bodyshell.Via an entirely oleaginous, automatic box with steering paddle override, the E Class may be along with surprising at some pace, the big car clearly the provision of proper petrol To paraphrase a South African specialist I once encountered in ‘Quort imbressif’.

All of which us back to the ecstasy of button required for a brief trawl the more interesting of those safety systems.

A windscreen-head camera governs Lane Assist, Night View Plus and Speed Limit the latter system not coming to the UK it can’t read our speed signs. Shunning the buttock seat antics adopted by the lane keeping system three times on the steering -eliciting precisely the feeling of over cat’s eyes- if you over a white line indicating, thus, ironically, bad motorway driving practice by you for not indicating when you pull in after overtaking.

Night View Assist we’ve already sampled in the an improved system highlights with markings akin to of a camera viewfinder. It works, but the is mounted so far out of the driver’s line of I can’t help feeling efforts to identify him may occasionally the object of attention to adopt bonnet mascot status in the time.

Adaptive Highbeam works superbly, automatically the main beam throw to the of other vehicles, whether or going. And Attention Assist the measuring of over 70 parameters but largely steering input to determine that a driver is drowsy, then suggesting a with an aural ‘bong’ and a cup of coffee symbolised in the speedometerStarbucks cannot be far off.

Back in the before a Mercedes was built to a it would have been to comprehend such lavish on electronic trickery. Today, the traditional E-Class staples of build quality, durability and of far greater concern to its core base, only time tell if so much money has wisely spent.

Reproduced kind permission of Golf Magazine

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