The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been a yardstick for
luxury sedan buyers as supremely tough, powerful and well built cars. But it
did not ever cut the mustard in terms of looks. Frankly none of them captured
the eye after the ‘over engineered’ W124 model. Often regarded as the best of
them all, the W124’s lifespan ended in 1996. In 1996 the W124 was replaced by
the W210 models and ever since that the four eyed sedan lacked that certain
character which the W124 had. And now for the year 2013, Mercedes-Benz has had
a rethink and they went back to the drawing board.
It gives a warm and happy feeling to report that that
spark is back. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has bought back the charm that
only the W124 possessed. The maximum focus has been made on the design of the
vehicle. Gone is the executive and serious appeal. The new E-Class looks more
classy, elegant and sporty. The front grille now gets the imposing
three-pointed star in the middle, which looks absolutely beautiful. Pull up on
a junction and the audience around give it more than just a glance.
The four headlamp setup has been ditched to make way
for the new twin headlight system. And it is not just the design. These
headlamps are intelligent full LEDs and for the first time feature Daytime Running
Lights. The side profile strikes the perfect balance between smooth surfacing
and proportions, be it the sloping roof line or the angry protruding nose with
the emblem or even the gorgeous 17-inch 5 spoke alloy wheels. At the rear you
get two fantastic exhausts finished in chrome.
Again the interior of the new E-Class is a blend of
leather, brushed aluminium and high quality plastics. Mercedes will also be
offering ‘open pore ash wood trim’ and Artico leather to customers who are
ready to pay a premium for finesse. The steering shifts from being a four spoke
unit to a sporty three spoke wheel. The seats are electrically adjustable and
score very high on comfort. Somehow the seats in a Mercedes-Benz feel a bit
more premium and comfortable than the rest of the competition.
A 17.8cm screen sits in the middle of the dash which
controls navigation, multimedia and the updated COMAND system. The navigation
is quiet accurate in big towns and cities, and points out various points of
interest. You also get 10GB hard drive for storing your favourite and frequent
media assets. If you wish to be chauffeured, the rear seats are ample
comfortable and cozy to relax. However reserve the fifth seat only for short
trips as it could get snug all around.
POWER AND PERFORMANCE
The vehicle we drove had a four pot diesel engine
displacing 2.1 litres producing 204bhp of maximum power and 500Nm of peak
torque. It is not exactly a performance engine, but it is best at what it is
supposed to do. The mid-range torque delivery makes the car incredibly
tractable. From a standstill the ton mark is achievable in 7.9seconds and the
top speed is 242kmph. The 7G Tronic gets Economy and Sport modes for relaxed
slow shifting and sustained shifting respectively. The paddles behind the
steering wheel give you some control over the automatic gearbox, but the
response from them is slow. Also you get a host of Mercedes safety technologies
like stability program, attention assist, adaptive and many more to keep you
out of troublesome situations.
Atop this Mercedes claims that the E250 CDI could do
1380km on a single fill, which we think might be achievable if you are hell
bound on setting a record. On the move the E250 CDI is unfathomed by road
imperfections. The ride is very composed and you feel isolated from the noisy
world outside sinking in opulence. The steering feels analog and delivery
real-time information to your fingertips. You can actually have fun with this
car, which needless to say the E-Class lacked previously.
There is a change happening in the Mercedes-Benz
product portfolio. They just keep getting better and better. The GL-Class, the
A-Class and now the E-Class are all truly fantastic vehicles. I confess I was
never a fan of the E-Class, for me the W124 was the best despite it being
confined to the history books. It had that gravity and presence which all
others lacked. Now Mercedes has put the flair back in the E-Class again
stomping their authority in the segment, and more!
NEW MERCEDES-BENZ E250 CDI SPECIFICATIONS
Brake: Front/ Rear
Fuel Tank Capacity
Tyres: Front/ Rear
Control (with selective damping)
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