Mercedes E-Class 200 and 200d

If a car is judged by its looks alone, I believe the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is clearly a winner by a long mile, and since its launch, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has become the brand’s best-selling model, with over 13 million units sold globally.

Mercedes Benz E-Class

The New E-Class sits on the brand’s modular MRA platform first used on the C-Class, and it offers a sharper depiction. The body is now strengthened and lightened with higher ratios of aluminium and ultra-high strength sheet steel, and the shape is good enough to have drag coefficient of 0.23, record breaking for the segment.

There is no executive car out there that comes close to matching this sporty-looking four-door and it comes with a comprehensive showcase suite of modern technology. It retains the brand’s hallmark saloon proportions, with an elongated bonnet, flowing roof and broad rear end over a 2,939mm wheelbase.

Featuring a muscular looking sports radiator with the large brand logo as headliner, along with a dynamic front bumper and diamond mesh air intakes, the new E-Class sits handsomely and cuts an impressive figure on the road.

The sleek, flowing lines at the side of the car culminate in an unmistakable rear end, both curvy yet muscular. The single-piece taillights feature a new two-bar design that creates a distinctive rear silhouette.

The sensory treat continues inside. From the metal-weave trim to the 64-colour ambient lighting system and the Burmester surround sound system, the new E-Class is an inviting and plush place to be. A new instrument display – in the same vein as Audi’s virtual cockpit, but much larger, made up of two high-resolution 12.3-inch displays seamlessly joined together and integrated stylishly under a shared glass cover, giving the driver access to an integrated and very customisable suite of information.

Most features here are within thumbs-reach, via mini touchpads on either end of the horizontal steering spokes, that respond to swipes, providing easy and intuitive access to the entire infotainment system, as well as the information displays on the fully digital dashboard – an industry first.

Driving the new E-Class can be summed up in three words: comfort, comfort and comfort. It handles more naturally than the more compact and supposedly more dynamic C-Class coupe. The chassis responds linearly to steering inputs, with the suspension soaking up every little imperfection on the road, remaining very stable under cornering and braking forces.

Also noticeable is how silent the car is, almost as if it has an electric motor. There is eco stop/start in traffic, keyless entry and boot opening, and 360 degree overhead camera graphic, which very clearly shows how close car is to other objects. Options include glass electric sunroof, and multi-chamber air suspension that vastly enhances stability and handling of the car, with three stage control of stiffness, auto-levelling and height control of chassis.

There is a high degree of semi-autonomous driving possible, with active cruise control following of car in front, claimed for up to 210km/h, lane keeping and changing, emergency braking and steering of car when parking.

On the highways, this is the probably the most comfortable executive car there is – striking a wonderful balance between being soft enough to soak up bumps, but firm enough to remain stable, even at high speeds.

We see that Mercedes Benz has revitalised its classic executive sedan's visual presence and upped the premium and luxury levels of the interior. Smoother and plusher than ever before, the new E-Class looks and feels the part. Throw in the multitude of up to date technologies and it is as much revolution as evolution.

Mercedes-Benz E 200 petrol:
  • Power: 135kW at 5,500rpm
  • Torque: 300Nm at 1,200-4,000rpm
  • Fuel: 6.4L/100km
  • CO2: 144g/km
  • Price: $89,900 plus on-road
Mercedes-Benz E 220d diesel:
  • Power: 143kW
  • Torque: 400Nm at 1,600-2,800rpm
  • Fuel: 4.1L/100km
  • CO2: 108g/km
  • Price: $92,900 plus on-road
  • Transmission: Nine-speed 9GTronicPlus automatic, rear wheel drive
  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder
  • Fuel Tank: 66 litres
  • Wheels: 18'' 5 spoke alloys 245/45/R18 (run flats, no spare)
  • Dimensions mm: L4923 W 1852 H 1468 WB 2939 Turning 11.6m
  • Kerb Weight: 1680kg