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Mercedes-Benz E250 2011 review

It's a sporty family sedan to drive in multiple environments. It's all you need really.
EXPERT RATING
7
WE turn the spotlight on automotive's newest and brightest stars, as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. Ultimately, however, there is only one question that really needs answering would you buy one? What is it? This is Mercedes-Benz's entry level petrol E-Class sedan with plenty of BlueEfficiency

WE turn the spotlight on automotive's newest and brightest stars, as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. Ultimately, however, there is only one question that really needs answering would you buy one?

What is it?

This is Mercedes-Benz's entry level petrol E-Class sedan with plenty of BlueEfficiency technology to cut fuel consumption and emissions. It has seats for four, five at a pinch and there's plenty of kit for the money as well as the Benz badge on the bonnet. It counts for a lot.

How much?

This one goes for $95,300 and that is expandable upwards easily once you start ticking the options boxes or go for the "packages".

What are the competitors?

BMW's bland looking but capable 5-Series and the new Audi A6 or you could go the HSV route and get a hairy-chested Aussie brute. Lexus has a new GS350 coming out and there's Volvo's forgotten S80. Then again, you could take a punt with your hundred grand and go for the new Saab 9-5 Aero.

What's under the bonnet?

Power comes from a 1.8-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder, twin-turbos generating 150kW and 310Nm - ample to propel the largish E250 with real purpose and retains impressive fuel economy. It drives the rear wheels through a six-speed auto `box.

How does it go?

Really well, better than you'd think - it's a Mercedes-Benz and they have been making cars for more than a century. Push the throttle and away it goes, even fully loaded as was the case when we drove it. There's even a decent exhaust note to tickle your fancy.

Is it economical?

Impressive at 7.2-litres/100km on premium.

Is it `Green?'

Gets a four star rating

Is it safe?

Gets a five star crash rating, has an extensive range of safety gear including stuff like Attention Assist that monitors drowsiness and flashing brake lights governed by brake force. Seven air bags, stability control, Pre-safe crash preparation - pretty much everything you can think of.

Is it comfortable?

Superb, wafts along in near silence, well modulated ride, responsive dynamics, plenty of luxury, relatively roomy interior, excellent seats. Bi-xenons, leather, premium audio, linguatronic voice control, Bluetooth, Command cockpit management.

What's it like to drive?

We had a good old crack and the E250CGi is not a sports sedan by any stretch of the imagination - it's a sporty family sedan and as such, is a good thing to drive in multiple environments. It's all you need really.

Is it value for money?

The price is high but it's a lot of car, pity is just misses out on the Luxury Tax break at 7.0-litres/100km. maybe next time.

Would we buy one?

In a flash

Pricing Guides

$29,990
Based on 56 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$19,940
Highest Price
$74,800

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
E500 Avantgarde 5.5L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $29,990 – 45,900 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2011 E500 Avantgarde Pricing and Specs
E250 CDI Avantgarde 2.1L, Diesel, 5 SP AUTO $19,940 – 31,888 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2011 E250 CDI Avantgarde Pricing and Specs
E250 CDI Elegance 2.1L, Diesel, 5 SP AUTO $28,710 – 34,540 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2011 E250 CDI Elegance Pricing and Specs
E250 CGI Avantgarde 1.8L, PULP, 5 SP AUTO $22,868 – 35,800 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2011 E250 CGI Avantgarde Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7