We admire the craftsmanship, but there are some aspects to the design that jar a little.
Comfort and Refinement
This is a gorgeous car inside. The dashboard design is intelligently planned and elegant, and the quality of materials used is excellent. Everything fits very neatly together, with evenly spaced and narrow gaps between edges. The clock is a neat little jewel in the centre of the dash between large well-placed air vents. We admire the craftsmanship, but there are some aspects to the design that jar a little. Some versions have rather a bright shiny metal finish to parts of the trim that is just a bit too bling.
Seat quality is excellent. The cushioning is huggily shaped and there is plenty of adjustment to let you find exactly the right position to suit your size and height. That classic Mercedes touch, the seat controls that mimic the shape of a seat, makes it very easy to set everything just as you want it for individual preference.
Safety and Security
The new E-Class has yet to be tested under the Euro NCAP crash test programme, but its immediate predecessor was a 5-star car and the latest model has been designed to meet the same high standard. It is very well kitted with safety equipment, with a list of eleven new or improved driver assistance systems designed to help avoid or at least minimise any collisions. You get seven airbags as standard, there is a drowsiness detection system to warn when the driver seems to be flagging and losing concentration, and the bonnet has a pyrotechnic pop-up action to protect any unfortunate pedestrian who collides with the car. There is a safety system available on this car that automatically applies the brakes if another vehicle is detected entering the E-Class’s path.
The E-Class is a well-equipped car, as it should be at the price. All versions have fuel-saving stop-start technology, distinctive LED headlamps, DAB radio, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, heated seats and front and rear parking sensors. You can specify a split screen monitor that lets the driver see the satnav from one angle, while his passenger can watch a film from another angle, with no risk of distraction for the person at the wheel.
- Audi A6
- BMW 5 Series
- Jaguar XF
What We Liked
- Elegant contemporary styling
- High class interior
- Poised driving manners
- Lots of safety features
- Very comfortable
- Strong image
- Seat controls shaped like the seat you want to adjust
- Diesel hybrid options for those who want to be green
What We Disliked
- Some of the trim in some versions is a bit bling
What We Would Like To See
- The E63 AMG parked outside waiting to be driven somewhere
The Mercedes E-Class has always been a desirable car, strong on performance, comfort and image. This latest generation car has all of those, plus a sharper suit of clothes. If you are an automotive gourmet who is reasonably well-heeled to afford the price, it could be the car for you.6 April 2013
Mercedes Benz E-Class Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mercedes Benz E250 CDI AMG Sport|
|Body Type||5-door Saloon|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||149 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||TBC mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 06/04/13)||£39,085|