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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Media Drive: E200, E250 Sampled En Route To Terengganu

So we’ve been out and about for the past two days, test driving the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E200 and the E250 CGI Avantgarde from Kuala Lumpur to Terengganu, and back, to get a feel of what the new Mercedes-Benz cars were like on Malaysian roads.

We were also given a go in the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class (A200 and A250 Sport), which we’ve already driven on the Sepang International Circuit, but never on the road, up until now.

And, if you haven’t seen it already, we were fortunate enough to get a first look at the super-hot hatch, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, and witness the launch of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GL500 .

Back to the day’s driving (no A45 or GL500 tests yet, unfortunately), and here is our brief summary of the four new cars:

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

We quite like the new looks of the facelifted E-Class. And while it may look rather lengthy from the outside, it doesn’t at all feel the same when you drive it. The new E-Class is nimble and easy to manoeuvre everywhere.

It also has an amazing turning circle, which lets you switch directions effortlessly when you’ve taken a wrong turn in a foreign place like we did endlessly today.

Both cars drive as similarly as they look, with visual differences between the two kept mostly to an electric panoramic glass sliding sunroof, and 18-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels (reserved for the E250 of course) there are a few more tell-tale signs such as the larger perforated disc brakes on the E250, but they’re barely noticeable if you don’t know what to look for.

The new E-Class siblings also offer great comfort on the road from its Avantgarde suspension, soaking up the bumps and keeping the car’s agility well within your comfort zone for when you feel like a brisk drive through the countryside.

When we drove the new A-Class on the Sepang circuit a while ago, we didn’t quite like the placement of the gear selector. And similar to the A-Class, the new E-Class has its gear selector as a stalk on the steering column, to the right of the wheel where normally you’d have the stalk for the turn signal in an oriental car: you push the lever down to engage Drive, push it upwards to engage reverse, and single-click it back to center for Neutral. You push down on the end of the stalk to engage Park.

It all sounds a bit disorientating, and we were inclined to feel the same when we first tried it in the A-Class. But now, having tried it in the real world, we absolutely love it. It’s extremely easy and intuitive to use, and make instances like switching from D to R, to D and then R again when parking so much more effortless and quicker.

E200: It may have a little less power than the E250, but it doesn’t feel to lack anything. Rather than burst with power, the E200 swells away to speed without making a scene. It’s brand-new 2.0-litre BlueDIRECT twin-scroll turbocharged engine makes a good 184hp and 300Nm of torque: more than enough power to pull its weight.

E250: The more-equipped and slightly more powerful E250 is only marginally quicker, but makes up for the difference with a range of creature comforts and luxurious extras. The driving dynamics, equipment, features and ride qualities are all mostly maintained between the two variants.

The E250 does have an electric panoramic sliding glass sunroof, which lets in the light very well for a more spacious feel inside. Also adding to the luxurious experience are a remote boot-lid closing feature, and a KEYLESS-GO system. The Exterior Sports Package is the final difference between both cars (18-inch alloys, larger front disc brakes, brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering, and squared integrated tailpipes).


Otherwise, both cars are very, very identical to each other in terms of driving. It s just the extra specs as listed above, and nearly 30hp difference.

2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class:

Briefly, we were also treated to a spin in the new A-Class. And while we’ve already assessed its performance during our test drive at the Sepang circuit, the A-Class proved to be quite impressive on the road as well no surprise then as to why Mercedes-Benz’s sales have started to spike lately.

A200: The entry-level A-Class variant is a handsome car. It’s 1.6-litre turbocharged engine makes 154hp and 250Nm of torque, but does take its time getting up to speed. Ride comfort on the road is firm, but not in a bad way. That said, the overall package that the Mercedes-Benz A200 puts forth is admirable.

It’s the most affordable brand-new Merc you can buy in the country, looks good, and drives comfortably enough. The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 is still a thorn in the A200’s side though.

A250 Sport: Just as we’ve reported before, the A250 Sport is as quick as hot-hatches get, and is miles ahead with its awesome styling. It’s quick, but unfortunately not as quick as its immediate rival, the 2013 BMW 125i. It’s also setup to be a lot harder, and doesn’t equate to a very comfortable drive on anywhere other than perfectly smooth surfaces.

Even still, it looks amazing, inside and out.

You can read more about all four of the cars we’ve driven today at the following links:


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