Luxury car buyers who look for little more than the comfort features offered by the Mercedes Benz C Class go for its more glamorous and better equipped cousin E Class. And this saloon competes with BMW 5 Series and Audi A4. The new E 200 CGI trim is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo charged direct injection petrol engine. It is mated to 7 speed automatic transmission. For the motor specs we have 184 bhp and 30.6 kgm of torque.
Let us delve into the styling and functional attributes of this Mercedes variant:
The attractive aesthetics and majestic profile of the E 200 do grab eyeballs. With its two louver radiator grille and the centrally placed three pointed star, the car looks powerful and dynamic. The broad bonnet with flowing lines towards the flanks gives it the grandeur of a luxury saloon. Elongated LED high performance headlamps add to the beauty of the sharp front look and improve the visibility of the car. Instead of round fog lamps, LED strips have been integrated on the air dams for this variant. A subtly rising swage line between the front and rear wheel arch, along with the one running through the door handles above make for detailing on the sides. 17 inch alloy wheels have been used for this trim. Elongated tail lamps with LED fibre-optic technology, chrome tipped dual exhaust points, chrome garnish and another three pointed star badge over the license plate are some distinguishing features at the rear.
As in other Mercedes cars, there is a feel of refinement when you step inside this E Class variant. The steering wheel in the new model is smaller with a chunky and sporty feel. It has the audio controls on the right and the cruise controls on the left hand side. Matt finished slab of wood segregating the upper and lower sections of dash looks good. There is an analogue clock between the trapezoidal AC vents on the centre of the dashboard. The music system is fitted right below and is compatible for CDs, MP3 files, USB and Aux in devices. Bluetooth connectivity is offered. LCD touch screen display is partially shrouded on the curvy dashboard. GPS navigation system comes as standard. Newly designed three tube instrument cluster seems to be a trend setter and keeps the driver informed on average fuel consumption, distance to empty, cabin temperature and low fuel levels among other usual details.
Being a large, spacious luxury saloon, the E200 has ample legroom on all seats but with its large transmission tunnel a third (adult) passenger may feel little uncomfortable at the rear middle seat. It is therefore essentially a four seater. Both the seats in front can be electrically adjusted for height and the driver’s seat can also be set for proper lumbar support. There is an armrest in the front and the one at rear has cup holders and audio controls. Three-zone climate control with air quality control keeps the cabin fresh and comfortably cooled/heated. Defogger for the rear glass, powered ORVMs, rain sensing wipers, headlight washers and remote boot lid opener are the standard convenience features. Parking sensors are also a standard fitment but the rear view camera is an optional feature for the sedan.
Eight air bags make their way into the new E200 CGI. For safe driving it is equipped with drowsiness detect system – ATTENTION ASSIST – as standard. The Supplemental Restraint System in Mercedes cars offers additional safety by activating a range of protective functions if danger is detected. Some of these include tensioning of seat belts, unlocking of doors, deploying of NECK-PRO & airbags and activation of hazard warning lamps. Anti lock braking, brake assist, traction control and ESP are other safety features of the saloon. Central locking, engine immobilizer and child safety locks are provided.
The entry level variant of the E Class – E200 CGI is priced at Rs 41.73 lakhs (ex showroom pride Delhi). A blend of retro charm and modern technology, this E Class seems to be a good value proposition.