Mercedes Benz E-Class Review

Mercedes Benz E-Class
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Mercedes Benz E-Class Review

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The cabin is simple, ergonomically laid out and brimming with innovative features to reduce the strain of modern driving.

Ease of Use

The cabin is simple, ergonomically laid out and brimming with innovative features to reduce the strain of modern driving.

The E-Class is a very easy car to drive and visibility is excellent all round. Being a large saloon car parking in tight spaces can be a little daunting - thankfully our test car was equipped with optional Parktronic which is an audible and visual parking aid system which actually shows on a proximity scale how close obstacles are to the front and rear of the car and in our opinion is well worth the £590 investment.

The E-Class features a foot operated parking brake which takes a little getting used to but once you are it becomes second nature. It is released via a lever next to the steering wheel which annoyingly is not lit at night.

Speedtronic variable speed cruise control comes as standard with the automatic gearbox and enables you to select the speed you wish to maintain. You can also store a maximum speed at which you would like to travel which is ideal for those 50mph contra flows or for those with more points on their licence than they would like.

Bi-Xenon headlamps with headlamp wash and dynamic range adjustment are standard on the Avantgarde model and are superb offering increased vision in all driving conditions. Headlamp Assist is standard and ensures that the headlamps are automatically activated in low level light conditions.

An automatically dimming rear view mirror and drivers side exterior mirror is standard on the Avantgarde model which reduces eye strain when driving at night especially on the Motorway - I would like to have seen this extended to the passenger exterior mirror. Rain sensing windscreen wipers with one-touch wiper function are also standard - keeping your hands where they belong safely on the wheel.

Our test car was equipped with a CD-ROM Satellite Navigation system (£1,160 combined with Mercedes Benz Audio 50 APS radio/cassette/6-CD in-dash autochanger). This system features a colour screen and covers the road network of the main European countries and does away with map reading, wrong turns and arguments - Just type in the address you wish to travel to and select your preferred route its as simple as that.

The E-Class saloon has a spacious boot with 520 litres of space (reduced by 10 litres with the optional AirMATIC Dual Control) and the rear seats fold to accommodate larger/longer loads. Load anchors are standard in the boot as is a 12 volt socket. The boot lid is exceptionally light and can be opened via the key fob or an interior switch. A space saver spare wheel is standard.

Safety and Security

The following safety and security equipment is standard on the Mercedes Benz E 270 CDI Avantgarde:

Dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, Driver and front passenger side airbags, full-length window airbags, alarm and immobiliser with interior monitoring, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with BAS (brake assist), automatic child seat recognition, ESP (electronic stability programme) with ASR (acceleration skid control), front seatbelts - height adjustable with two stage belt-force limiters, seat belt pre-tensioners front and rear, SBS (sensotronic brake control), LED rear brake lights, passenger safety cell, rollover sensor, Headlamp Assist and Bi-Xenon headlamps.

Mercedes Benz have not fitted deadlocks for safety reasons.

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Mercedes Benz E-Class Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMercedes Benz E 270 CDI Avantgarde
  
Body TypeSaloon
ColourCubanite Silver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.4 Seconds
Top Speed 142 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Automatic Transmission With Tipfunction
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban28.8 mpg
Extra Urban53.3 mpg
Combined41.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group15
Euro NCAP Rating5
WarrantyThree-Year Unlimited mileage warranty
MobiloLife is Mercedes Benz guarantee to keep you mobile for up to 30 years. Renewed after each service performed by a Mercedes Benz authorised repairer and remains valid until the next service is due
Price (when tested on the 28/02/05)£ 31,497.77 OTR
Car As Tested £ 36967.77
Includes The Following Options:
Parameter Steering £200
Parktronic £590
Drivers seat, steering column and exterior mirrors electrically adjustable with memory
Passenger seat electrically adjustable with memory £370
AirMATIC Dual Control £1,240
Heated front seats £310
Leather upholstery £950
Mercedes Benz Audio 50 APS radio/cassette/single slot CD player with CD-ROM Navigation

The information contained within this Mercedes Benz E-Class review may have changed since publication on the 28 February 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Mercedes Benz dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2017