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While the focus at Benz has shifted to the new, small A-Class, the larger E-Class four door sedan and wagon is the "core" of the company. They've been making E-Class for decades to the point where it's everywhere, in just about every country.
For the latest model, Benz asked owners what they thought and implemented many of the suggestions that included a styling tweak, more power, improved economy and safety, more driver assistance features, better value.
Benz has delivered on all scores with the mid-life update to the E-Class. The value equation sees prices reduced and some are down by 20 per cent compared to a similarly spec'd previous model. It has the Gorden Wagoner prominent nose with a "four eyed" face, three bar grille with large Benz emblem and more style lines along the body capped with a pair of large tail lights.
The entry level E200 goes for $79,900 and rolls on 18-inch wheels, gets park assist, blind spot warning, collision warning, sports pack and LED headlights and tail lights.
The range goes up to the E400 V6 biturbo at $128,900. It replaces the previous E350 and E500 models. An AMG 63S version arrives later in the year at $249,900 complete with 430kW/800Nm V8 petrol power and all the goodies associated with the AMG brand.
Estate (wagon) variants are available in a number of powertrain choices. All offer seven seat capacity. Some of the new E-Class range fall under the 7.0-litre/100km Luxury Car Tax reduction trigger point with commensurate price reductions.
The classy interior is better than before with a sports multi function wheel, analogue clock, decorative features and a choice of three two-tone colour schemes. It's simpler to operate, better looking and has more features.
From the E250 up the cars get adaptive LED headlights while all variants score the exterior sports package popular on the previous model, direct control suspension, cross drilled discs and splashes of chrome inside and out. Technology improvements see 'Command III' make an appearance in E-Class, a system that integrates with the iPhone 5 or Android equivalent for direct internet connectivity.
Under the bonnet, the base engine moves from a 1.8-litre turbo petrol four to a 2.0-litre with EU 6 credentials. In the entry level E200, this engine is good for 135kW/300Nm output while in the 250, it's uprated to 155kW/350Nm.
Standard transmission across the range is a seven-speed auto driving the rear wheels. The E250CDi diesel retains the strong 2.1-litre turbo diesel engine from before. An E400 twin-turbo petrol V6 is coming soon as a replacement for the previous V8 model. It has a similar output but uses less fuel and generates fewer emissions.
There's also an E300 'Bluetec' hybrid with an in-line electric assist motor and a lithium ion battery pack capable of super low fuel consumption. E-Class Bluetec has multi modes including the interesting `sailing' when the car is on electric power alone at freeway speeds.
Driver assist functions abound and include attention assist, high beam assist, and Distronic cruise control with lane keeping function. It uses a stereo camera to monitor the driving environment, altering the car's dynamics to suit, even to avoid pedestrians or potential cross street collisions. Active park assist makes an appearance for parallel and end on parking.
We drove the first three variants to arrive, E200, E250 and E250CDi. We would be happy with any of them with the sporty E250 petrol a stand out. The new E-Class has poise and control on the road, is quiet and sophisticated and can be super economical.
There's plenty of room inside and a large boot. Even the base car will please in performance terms thanks in part to the willing new 2.0-litre engine and slick seven-speed transmission
Still the benchmark in the medium large premium Euro segment. Looks better, goes better than the competition and with price reductions and extra kit, makes the proposition even more tempting.
The complete 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon range is:
E 200 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-door sedan: $79,900
E 220 CDI 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-door sedan: $82,400
E 250 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-door sedan: $97,400
E 250 CDI 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-door sedan: $99,900
E 300 Hybrid 2.2-litre turbo-diesel / electric four-door sedan: $109,900
E 400 3.0-litre bi-turbo petrol four-door sedan: $129,900
E 63 AMG 5.5-litre bi-turbo petrol four-door sedan: $249,900
E 200 Estate 2.0-litre turbo-petrol five-door wagon: $86,900
E 250 CDI Estate 2.2-litre turbo-diesel five-door wagon: $107,700
E 400 Estate 3.0-litre bi-turbo petrol five-door wagon: $137,700
Price: from $79,900
Warranty: 3 years roadside assist
Engine: 1.8L four-cylinder, 135kW/270Nm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic, RWD
Thirst: 6.6L/100Km, CO2 154g/km
|E400||3.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO||$44,990 – 68,800||2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2013 E400 Pricing and Specs|
|E500 Avantgarde||4.7L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO||$69,740 – 80,190||2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2013 E500 Avantgarde Pricing and Specs|
|E250 Avantgarde B.E||1.8L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO||$29,000 – 47,888||2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2013 E250 Avantgarde B.E Pricing and Specs|
|E250 CDI Avantgarde||2.1L, Diesel, 5 SP AUTO||$40,260 – 47,410||2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2013 E250 CDI Avantgarde Pricing and Specs|