The E class of Mercedes Benz has never ceased to impress the Indian sedan lovers and has remained as a rock solid possession of the car making giant. Every year, this luxurious sedan has epitomized impressive integrity and solidity. The Mercedes Benz E Class portrays a perfect team work of excellent safety, high class equipment, utmost comfort and superior performance, which has made it a favorite one of buyers of luxury cars. The brand new E Class also remains true to the lineage of Mercedes Benz and the car maker has high hopes of appealing to large number of car enthusiasts as it portrays some trendy enhancements. The E class is said to feature several wonderful aspects that is sure to surprise the buyers and provide value worth the money they spend for this car. It does feature superior control, better safety and intelligent drive technology. By introducing the much peppier diesel engine variant, Mercedes has been trying to tap demand of the diesel enthusiasts by offering them with twin turbocharged V6 engine.
The Mercedes Benz E Class is said to be a much acclaimed luxury salon variant that is available presently in the automobile market of India. Besides this, it also is the most successful variant for the manufacturer in the country, while being available in various trim levels. In the initial stage, the vehicle was available only in two petrol and one diesel engine options. But, presently, the vehicle manufacturer has come up with another diesel variant with the launch of turbocharged 3.0 liter engine under its hood. It is capable of creating optimum power of about 262 bhp with 620 Nm torque output that is distributed to rear wheels. The newly introduced variant has been bestowed with various refined features that include PARKTRONIC parking assistance having 360 degree camera, COMAND online system having integrated 10 GB hard drive, with intelligent lighting system. The enhance system also helps the individual to locate the nearest ATM, hospitals, restaurants and gas filling stations. Besides this, the manufacturer has revamped the whole model series and offers panoramic sun roof for its variants as a standard.
The various interesting features that are on offer on this vehicle do help it to compete with other vehicles of its segment like the Audi A6, Jaguar FX and BMW 5 series. So will the new Mercedes Benz E Class be able to create a bigger market by snatching the hot spots of its German rivals? Let’s find out.
Style And Design
The automobile manufacturer has been offering panoramic sunroof as a standard in all the variants and the exterior is provided with a slight refined look. All variants of the Mercedes Benz E Class series have been given radiant headlight cluster which has very powerful bi-xenon headlamps with the stylish LED daytime lights. The radiator grille present in the center has horizontal positioned look with the company’s iconic insignia, redefining its elegance. The AMG version possesses radiator grille that is twin blade with perforated mesh, therefore adding a sporty appeal to the vehicle. Front bumper is wide having big air intake consoles, which further improves its modern, sophisticated appearance.
On the other hand, side profile of Mercedes Benz E Class is quite stunning, because of the sleek body line, with expressive character lines. The wheel arches are properly equipped and carved with stylish alloy wheels. The AMG version has been fitted with design alloy 10 spoke wheels. The door handles with ORVM caps have been treated with body color and door sills along with B pillars have been treated with high gloss black. Furthermore, it has waistline molding that is chrome plated, giving the sides a magnificent stance. The rear end has sophisticated appearance due to horizontal designed turn indicators and LED brake lights. The tailgate has decent structure, while it is fitted with chrome strip with organization’s star. AMG trim’s rear bumper is fitted with black protective cladding with 4 rectangular sized exhaust pipes and there are two tailpipes for the other variants. When trying to purchase the Mercedes Benz E Class, the buyer is provided with several color options to choose from like Dolomite Grey Pearl, Palladium Silver Metallic, Iridium Silver Metallic, Polar White and Obsidian Black Metallic.
The sedan is said to have total length of around 4879 mm, width of about 2071 mm (which includes external wing mirrors) and height of 1474 mm. The vehicle’s ground clearance is low with 120 mm. The total wheelbase is about 2874 mm that is big for its class.
Cabin And Interiors
Interior styling of Mercedes Benz E Class is said to be top notch, while comfort provided by the sedan is undoubtedly the very best in the segment. The vehicle’s interior is well furnished and extremely spacious. This does provide the passengers a pleasurable and much comfortable driving experience. The entry level trims such as the E250 and E200 are said to have open pore ash-wood brown inserts and the recently launched E350 CDI variant does have high gloss ash-wood inlays that are of high gloss. The top end petrol variant has been bestowed with ‘Carbon’ AMG interior trim, which emphasizes a sporty appeal and look. Seats provided are very much luxurious and does offer excellent support right from head to the thighs. The front seats have electrical adjustment facilities with a 3 programmable memory setting in the driver’s seat. The AMG version has been provided exclusively with designed features such as 3 spoke multi-functional flat bottomed steering wheel, while the front seats have been given massage function. The remaining variants do have conventional three spoke steering wheel is enclosed with leather Nappa upholstery.
Head rests of Mercedes Benz E Class also makes every seat comfortable which also has center armrest in second and first row. The dashboard has been designed skillfully and has been furnished with several interesting such as instrument panel, AC unit, advanced center fascia. The control switches are located in cockpit and are placed within easy reach and can be operated without any hassle. The rear cabin is given bench seat and can be folded when required in split ratio of 40:20:20 and contributes towards enhancing the storage capacity. Besides these, several utility aspects have been provided inside such as drink holders, storage spaces, digital clock, sun visors along with the illuminated vanity mirror and map pockets.
All variants of this series are incorporated with various advanced features, which make sure that all the passengers do experience a fatigue free travel. The saloon does have various exciting aspects such as the ECO stop/start system, electrically adjustable seats having lumbar support, 3 programmed memory setting for mirrors and steering, automatic dimming effect exclusively for interior mirror along with the driver’s side OVRM. Also it has been incorporated with special aspects such as electric sun blinds, ashtray package, sun visors having illuminated vanity mirrors and ambient lighting system having 5 stage intensity controls. Furthermore, the manufacturer has made it a point to integrate other essential features such as THERMOTRONIC auto climate control having 3 zone controls, which include separate air, vents to provide comfort to the rear passengers and much more.
The saloon is sleek from the outside, however, is extremely spacious within to accommodate the passengers and to help them to derive immense pleasure from the ride. There is total headroom of about 1048 mm in the cockpit along with leg and shoulder space of 540 mm and 1490 mm respectively. The boot capacity is 545 liter that can be further extended simply by folding the 2nd row seat in the desired split ratio.
Engine & Transmission
Speaking about the new E Class, Mercedes Benz India has decided to hold on to the smaller engines and expected to introduce the bigger ones later. The options available for buyers to choose Mercedes Benz E Class from are two diesel and petrol versions. E200 CGI trim has been fitted with In-line petrol 2.0 liter engine having 16 valves and 4 cylinders, displacing 1991cc. Moreover, it has a turbocharger and direct injection system which allows in producing optimum power of about 184 bhp at 5500 RPM with 300 Nm torque output of 1200 to 4000 RPM. The AMG trip has been provided with V-type 5.5 liter, petrol motor having total displacement capability of 5461cc. This type of engine comprises of about 32 valves and 8 cylinders which belts 557 bhp at about 5500 RPM along with 720Nm torque at 5250 RPM. The E250 CDI entry level trim has been fitted with petrol engine of 2.2 liters having advanced rail-fuel injection system. Injectors are provided with enables motor to belt superior power of about 204 bhp at around 4200 RPM, resulting in 500Nm of pounding torque output between 1600 and 1800 RPM. The latest E350 CDI trim has been incorporated with 3.0 diesel engine having 24 valves and 6 cylinders and displacement capacity of around 2987cc, with turbocharger. The vehicle can produce peak 3800 RPM, power of 262bhp, while yielding 620Nmof torque output between 1600 and 2400 RPM. The engines are mated with 7G tronic+ auto transmission gearbox which distributes torque output to the rear wheels. You can feel the purr of the V4 engine with 2143 cc as soon as turn the key. The car stays quiet as you gain speed during your drive on Indian highways.
The Mercedes Benz E Class offers wonderful mileage for its segment and is very much fuel efficient, despite being a luxury car. The direct injection technology provides the capability to deliver mileage between 8 and 12kmpl. The AMG top end trim produces minimum mileage of about 4.5 kmpl and maximum of around 8.5 kmpl. The variant that is fitted with engine of 3.0 liter can perform 14 kmpl on highways and 10 kmpl within city limits. The diesel 2.2 liter trim incorporated with piezo injectors can produce decent mileage of about 12 and 16 kmpl. The impressive figures show that the sedan has a quick power delivery which is linear, without even a slight trace of turbo lag.
Though the 7 speed auto transmission is not a newbie in luxury cars, it was quite responsive to the throttle inputs. The paddle shifters also offer best support for those who wish to use the gears. The acceleration of the Mercedes Benz E Class is decent, while the power that is produced by engines is just excellent.
You will totally fall in love with the Mercedes Benz E Class the moment you come across a pothole. The suspension is supple and is designed to absorb all the cracks on the roads and the bumps on the high way. The direct control suspension offers better handling experience and the sedan also establishes stunning body control on varied driving surfaces. Mercedes Benz E Class handling is excellent and the steering wheel is enhanced when compared to its previous versions. The front wheels have been fitted with ventilated disc set and the rear ones provided with disc brakes. E63 AMG trim has been bestowed with the composite braking system that features perforated and internally vented brake discs on the four wheels. The mechanism has been incorporated with advanced anti-lock braking system with brake help functions. Also, the vehicle has been installed with electronic stability controllable program, with acceleration skid system which diminishes traction loss. The saloon has been given direct control suspension along with selecting damping systems in both the axles, for providing better ride comfort and agility. The petrol top end variant has been provided with sport suspension AMG with electronic control damping system. Also, has been integrated the electromechanical direct steer system to provide wonderful response along with improvised steering comfort.
The Mercedes Benz E Class is bestowed with various active safety and restraint system to provide unparallel protection to its occupants. Every variant is integrated with active parking assist which includes PARKTRONIC to offer excellent assistance during parking of the vehicle. There is also 360 degree camera in the top end variant that minimizes in parking. There is also present locking and security features which includes programmable key along with remote closing and opening of windows, crash sensor and central locking having interior switches. The restraint systems also include several aspects such as adaptive dual airbags for the front passengers, 3 stage impact protection crash structure, 3 point seat belts having belt tensioners and load limiter, seat occupancy recognition exclusively for the front passenger seat. There are more aspects such as NECK-PRO crash-responsive, head restraints in the front seat along with child proofing for the doors. However, our favorite feature was the Attention Assist System that makes an analysis of the driver with some standard parameters to check whether the driver is tired and also makes a request to have a break! This car sure knows how to take care of its driver.
E63 AMG trim has stylish 18” set of 10 spoke lightweight alloy wheels. The front rims have been covered by 255/40 R18 size tubeless radial tyres and the rear wheels have 285/35 R18 size high performance tyres. Rest of the variants are provided with 17” alloy wheels that have 245/45 R17 size radial tubeless tyres to provide wonderful grip on the Indian roads.
In a nutshell, the Mercedes Benz E Class acts as a safe cocoon with respect to the safety of its occupants and offer a comfortable driving experience as it does not allow a slight disturbance from the outside to disturb them. This is a fine example why the E class is a popular selling sedan across the globe.
We would like to conclude that the Mercedes Benz E Class manages to blend in comfort and safety in par, which is a rare quality for mid sized luxury sedans. The new ravishing E class also retains some of its signature traits like high end technology, refinement and best performance, which is sure to bring more buyers than ever before. With plenty of interior space and classy looks to boast about, this is the car is a best choice for any car driving enthusiast who wishes to be pampered by his car and enjoy driving technology at its best. The ex-showroom Delhi price of the Mercedes Benz E Class variants is Rs. 48, 46,700 for E250 CDI Avantgarde (diesel variant), E350 CDI (diesel variant) is Rs. 58,50,000. The petrol variants such as E 200 CGI is available at Rs. 46,33,000 and E 63 EMG is priced at Rs. 1,29,00,000.
Engine and transmission: 4/5
Value for money: 4/5
Fuel economy: 4/5
Overall Satisfaction: 4.5/5