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2013 Mercedes E-Class E E 250 CDI and E 200 Estate Review


What’s Premium luxury with on-road balance. and a price cut

not: E 200 petrol engine do with a few more ergs

One among the “finer things in the elegant E-Class defines the saloon sector

Vehicle Large Luxury Saloon

E 200 Saloon $79,900; E 250 CDI $98,900; E 200 $86,900

Engine/trans: E 200 135kW/300Nm 2.0 petrol; E 250 CDI 125kW/400Nm 2.1 turbo | seven-spd 7G-Tronic Plus

economy listed: E 200 6.4 l/100km; E 250 CDI 4.9

As smooth and comfortable as a velvet — that’s the elegant new E-Class. More to the point, MB has given the range a pricing

With an entry-point at $80k for the E it’s now not such a step for who previously may have aspired to an 3 Series or Audi A4.

The three we drove, the E 200, E 250 CDI and E 200 Estate, are cars.

Quiet, comfortable and balanced on road if not especially these are cars for buyers who a premium on “the finer

Certainly, each in the range sharp. Each sits on alloys, twin pipes at the a sleeker profile to the front and proud raised grille prominent star it’s a looking beast this new

Of course, even with the drop, premium transport the E-Class is not for everyone (or we’d all one in the garage).

But is it good buying? No

While it might be the preserve of the the E-Class sets the standard by others are judged for craftsmanship, and that solid feel of quality.

We put the E 200, E 250 CDI (diesel) and E 200 through their paces on a day of soaking rain (you’ll to excuse the water on the camera

The slippery roads failed to the effortless grip of these big saloons, nor dampened the enjoyment at the


The seats, infinitely in the more upmarket models adjusted in the entry E 200), are ‘just right’.

They’re padded in all the right places excessive bolstering, and trimmed in ARTICO ‘manufactured’ leather.

is a snug feel to the interior and an restraint that reeks of and taste.

The instruments and controls are easily navigated and smart. The coloured dial-display under the binnacle is especially neat and

The multi-media screen display is crisp, and there is a gentlemen’s-club to the dark polished ash-wood and analogue clock set into the of the dash.

The refinement of the drive in all models is by the solid, cocooned feel to the — the rude intrusions of the banished to ‘somewhere out there’.

I the Estate might be the quietest I have ever driven. I think of a quieter one; big, cavernous even, but without boom or resonance.

conversation, or enjoying the clarity and of the premium audio system is a given. There is little to no noise nor shearing of the tyres the road surface (and the speed).

The wagon makes a to being a seven seater, but one at the tiny rearmost backwards-facing row it is not to be taken too seriously.

Good for a run to the football, but that’s about it.

it folds flat into the (and, no doubt, that’s it will spend the greater of its time).

Park those and the rear hatch opens up to an enormous wide and deep space. At least a match for the giant and similarly priced 200.

You have to wonder why buys an SUV when you can buy a wagon as as swift, as luxurious and as versatile as

The feature and safety list is as as the Magna Carta.

Standard to the E 200 is a multi-function steering wheel, dimming rear-view and driver s mirror, reversing camera, control (with variable limiter), climate control, filter, rain-sensing wipers, function, remote boot-lid paddle shifts and park across the range (among a list of additional features).

s COMAND APS Online Multimedia is also featured, with a display, 10GB music SD memory card slot, and audio streaming, iPhone/USB phone keypad, voice-activated browser, and sat nav (with Google search).

There is also the complement of safety features then some — it is a after all): 11 air-bags, ESC, attention assist interacts with the driver), assist, belt tensioners, departure warning, collision assist, tyre pressure and the list goes on.


part executive express, but with the steering response and of a smaller car, it is difficult to the driving experience of the E-Class saying it is seriously good).

it’s designed for high-speed is obvious — each in the is imperiously swift and entirely on the open road.

The electric steering is among the best find. It is direct and connected cornering turn in is a match for sports saloons but relaxed at the so as not to be twitchy.

It provides a good feel what’s happening at the road, but of jarring over heavily or broken sections of tarmac.

The too has that near-perfect balance of comfort and control. As compromises go, for variable roads it’s to immediately think of a better suspension.


We drove first the 2.1 turbo-diesel E 250 CDI. With and 500Nm under the toe, is a cracking engine.

The key to it, why it works so is its effortless mid-range torque. to the seven-speed auto, if you kick it a couple of cogs it simply and pulls with a rising of acceleration.

And despite hauling a large four-door sedan, liquid-smooth diesel can fling the E 250 CDI the road at an unholy rate of

More, it revs and sounds not at all a diesel; you wouldn’t know for the torque, the redline on the tacho, and the static fuel gauge.

were too many drivers in and out to get like a real-world reading, but is claiming 4.9 l/100km. Whoever of such a thing in a car of this

Getting into the E 200 2.0 litre petrol after the diesel as a bit of a let-down. It is not expressly slow, but is not as eagerly responsive as the diesel.

That said, the 300Nm of sits in just the right

Once on the highway, the seven-speed is settled (free of the ‘hunting’ of drivetrains), is untroubled by hills and down readily when

With this engine, you can get value out of the paddle-shifters at the wheel fall very nicely to

Paddled manually, the 2.0 litre will sing its head-off if the question, makes a not-unpleasant when doing so, and is spry with a few revs on board.

Of it doesn’t pull out of a corner as as the alert diesel, and is a little to pick up its skirts when but is certainly no slouch.

Ditto the E 200 Estate, despite the extra of that wagon back.


It’s a really: the E-Class is one of the world’s saloons.

Now cheaper, but not cheap, carrying a hod-load of high-end is as safe as a lie-down on a feather and looks and feels every the premium buy.

Each we at launch, wagon and sedan, E 200 and E 250 is quiet, sophisticated, refined, and on-road. These are very cars.

And yes, there is special in travelling behind three-pointed star’.

If the price of entry is not too scary, any among the E-Class range have in a heartbeat (wouldn’t For mine, the E 250 CDI diesel is the pick.

Of we haven’t driven the E 400; one arrives in September with an of $128,900. It certainly looks (too bad about the severe of collapsed wallet in the O’Brien

Now with sharp new pricing, the new demands a very close

Pricing (excludes on-road

The E 200, 220, 250 and 300 models are now, while the E 400 and E 63 AMG S models arrive in August.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the E-Class and Cabriolet models will in September, with details to be closer to launch.



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