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2012 Mercedes-Benz E250 review

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    Rates as the best looking E-Class yet.

Peter Barnwell roads tests and review the Mercedes-Benz E250

It's been around for a few years now but the E-Class Benz remains a favourite because of its looks, size, style and what's on offer.

WHAT IS IT?

The E-Class is a rear wheel drive "saloon" offering plenty of interior room for five and a large boot. The styling is distinctively Mercedes-Benz and probably rates as the best looking E-Class yet.

ENGINE

We got hold of an E250 (previously CGi) with a turbo 150kW/310Nm, 1.8-litre petrol four-cylinder. It delivers considerable Luxury Car Tax savings because of low fuel consumption.

People don't believe us when we tell them it's a 1.8, especially after riding in the car, feels like a 3.5-litre V6 in performance terms but delivers small car fuel economy rated at 6.6-litres/100km. Impressive eh especially as you can't hear a thing even at idle? The engine is quite a high-tech device complete with a variable geometry turbo and direct injection helping it deliver optimum efficiency.

EFFICIENT

This car runs a suite of BlueEfficiency fuel saving  components that include a decoupling alternator, low rolling resistance tyres, auto engine stop/start and aerodynamic refinements to reduce drag. All cars should have something similar.

The seven speed auto transmission is virtually imperceptible at any time an is almost predictive in the way it engages the correct gear for any given driving situation. Paddles on the wheel add a sporty flavour. It rolls on 17-inch five spoke alloys with wide rubber offering plenty of grip. The spare is a space saver.

INTERIOR

Inside is typically Benz with a stylish angular dash containing a raft of goodies including white/silver instruments and a large TFT colour info screen containing satnav and a reverse camera.

The wheel is covered in Nappa leather and has about seven functions for phone, audio, trip computer  and cruise. The leather upholstery looks chic and sets of the multiple fascia materials used inside that include stainless steel and woodgrain.

We were taken aback with the bixenon headlights that are adaptive and "intelligent" meaning they turn with the wheels and also operate high and low beam automatically really handy.

IS IT SAFE?

You bet. It's a top end, five star crash performer with no less than 11 air bags and the usual array of safety kit like  stability control plus extras like pre-safe, attention assist and tyre pressure monitor. If only all cars were like this...

Mercedes-Benz E250

Price: From $94,500
Engine: 4 Cylinder, 1.8 Litre turbo-petrol, 150kW/310Nm
Body: 4-door Sedan
Safety Equipment: nine airbags, ESC, ABS, EBD, EBA, TC. Crash rating 5 star
Thirst: 7.2 / 100Km
Warranty: 3 year, roadside

RIVALS

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Transmission: 7-spd dual-clutch auto, all-wheel drive
Body: 4-door sedan
Thirst: 6.0L/100km, CO2 158g/km 

 

 

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Price: $115,600
Engine: 3-litre, 6-cyl bi-turbo petrol, 225kW/400Nm
Transmission: 8-spd auto, rear drive
Body: 4-door sedan
Thirst: 8.4L/100km, 95 RON, CO2 195g/km

 

 

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Transmission: CVT auto; RWD
Body: 4-door sedan
Thirst: 6.3 1/100km; 91 RON; 147g/km Co2

 

 

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Comments on this story

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  • Do you guys have a review that isn’t a straight press release from the manufacturer?

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    None of our reviews are press releases from the manufacturers. And our inbox full of complaints from the manufacturers attest to that. - ED.

    Disappointed of Sydney Posted on 29 November 2012 11:16pm
  • errr.  How does it drive.  What’s its handling like?  Ride?  Quietness?  Feel of materials?  Ambience?

    Did 2/3rds of the review we were promised go up in smoke somewhere?

    Foresooth of Canberra Posted on 07 June 2012 12:12am

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