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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon E220d AMG Line 9G-Tronic, Nav, F & R Sensors, Ambient Lighting, Paddle Shifters, Bluetooth 2.0 Diesel Automatic 4 door Saloon (2017) at Volvo Croydon

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This Mercedes Benz E220d AMG Line features a silky smooth 9 Speed Auto gearbox and a great suspension set up that ensures the right mix of comfort and sportiness. With enough sporty styling to define it as an AMG Line over an SE model but not too much to detract from its classy roots as Mercedes Benz' largest family saloon. Inside there is plenty of legroom and masses of technology with great user interfaces to ensure a pleasurable driver experience. Features include 9 Speed Automatic Gearbox with Paddle Shifters, Satellite Navigation, Selectable and Customisable Driving Modes, Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Parking Space Detection and Auto Parking Function, 7 Inch Colour Infotainment Display, CD and DVD Player, Internal Hard Disc Drive, IPod, USB and AUX inputs, 8 Speakers, Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone and Audio Streaming, Alloy and Leather Multi Function Steering Wheel with Touch Gesture Controls, Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column Adjustment, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Ambient Lighting, Dual Zone Climate Controlled Air Conditioning, Electrically Adjustable, Heated and Folding Wing Mirrors, Auto Engine Start and Stop Function, Heated Washer Nozzles, Hill Hold, ISOFIX Fixings, 9 Airbags, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Rain Sensing Wipers and Dusk Sensing Lights and much more. Please call for further information and to arrange your viewing.

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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
127 g/km

MPG:
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V5 Document

V5 Document

MOT Certificate

MOT Certificate

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors, Polished aluminium upper window surround, Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen), Rain sensor windscreen wipers

Brakes

Active brake assist, Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Brake calipers with AMG lettering, Electronic parking brake, Electronic Stability Programme, Hill hold assist, Hill start assist, Perforated front brake discs with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering

Chassis/Suspension

Agility control sports suspension with selective damping system and lowering by 15mm

Driver Aids

Active parking assist and reversing camera, Attention assist, Blind spot assist, DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual), Park assist pilot with front and rear park assist, Speed sensitive power steering

Driver Convenience

Boot release from drivers seat, Remote boot release, Stop/start system

Driver Information

2 USB ports in the rear, Analogue clock, Brake wear warning light, Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster, Mercedes connect me, Multi function trip computer, Outside temperature display, SD card based satellite navigation system, Service indicator (ASSYST), Touchpad with control wheel

Driving Mirrors

Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

Embellishment Trims

Black open pore ash wood and centre console, Black open pore ash wood dashboard and door trim + Centre console in black open pored ash wood

Engine

66 litre fuel tank, Diesel particulate filter, Incorrect fuelling protection

Entertainment

2 USB ports in centre console, Aerial integrated in rear window, Audio 20 with USB, control wheel and Media Interface with Bluetooth interface and hands-free function, DAB Digital radio, High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display, Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Body Features

Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Pre-installation for roof rail systems, Radiator grille with integral star and 2 louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome trim, Visible twin exhaust tailpipe in bumper

Exterior Lights

Adaptive brake lights, LED Headlights, LED High Performance headlamps including integral LED daytime running lamps, LED rear lights

Interior Features

3 spoke flat bottom AMG performance steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather, Artico man-made leather upper dash trim, Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery, Black roof lining, Front and rear door pockets, Front centre armrest with storage compartment, Front door sills with illuminated Mercedes lettering, Glasses compartment in overhead control panel, Lockable/illuminated air conditioned glovebox, Silver door pins, Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs, Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles, Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings, Storage compartment with 12V socket in centre console

Interior Lights

Ambient lighting, Interior rear light/integral reading lights

Packs

Mirror pack - E Class, Seat comfort pack - E Class, Stowage pack - E Class

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbelts, Active bonnet, Black seat belts, Childproof rear door locks, Driver and passenger side/thorax airbags, Driver/front passenger airbag, Drivers knee airbag, Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system, Seat occupancy sensor, Seatbelt warning, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle and first aid kit, Window airbags

Seat Piping/Additional Trimming

Contrast stitching

Seats

40:20:40 split folding rear seat, Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor, Four way partially front electric seat adjustment, Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way), Heated front seats, Isofix rear child seat fastenings

Security

Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser, Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function, Chrome surround electric key, Keyless Start

Vanity Mirrors

Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Wheels

Run flat tyres

General

AdBlue: True
Badge Engine CC: 2.0
Badge Power: 194
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: d
Coin Series: AMG Line
Generation Mark: 4
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 31E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 90
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 77
NCAP Safety Assist %: 62
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 15500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.094
CO2 (g/km): 127
HC: N
HC+NOx: 0.067
Noise Level dB(A): 72
NOx: 0.056
Particles: 0.0004
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1950
Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
Gears: 9 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 61.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 67.3
EC Urban (mpg): 52.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 51.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 44.8
WLTP - MPG - High: 51.4
WLTP - MPG - Low: 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 45.6

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.3
Engine Power - BHP: 194
Engine Power - KW: 143
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 3800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
Engine Torque - NM: 400
Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
Top Speed: 149

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R19
Tyre Size Rear: 275/35 R19
Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1452
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4940
Wheelbase: 2939
Width: 1852
Width (including mirrors): 2065

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2330
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 540
Max. Loading Weight: 615
Max. Roof Load: 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
Minimum Kerbweight: 1715
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

E FORMATTED (new2) 15/08/2014

In tenth generation guise, the Mercedes E-Class has set the standard for its Executive segment rivals. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer in the revised range.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a reputation for buttoned-down efficiency. It's one that has been continued by this vastly improved version of the tenth generation design, which retains a sensible side but dials up the desirability, aiming to offer a smarter, more prestigious approach to Executive class motoring than its closest German rivals. It does so with efficient engines, astonishing technology and comfort that makes you question the need for a larger luxury saloon.

Background

More than 1.2 million global customers have purchased this tenth generation E-Class in its saloon and estate forms since this W213 version was first introduced back in 2017. This updated model gets a smarter look and quite a bit of extra technology to keep it current in the face of fresh or updated rivals introduced since the original launch. No car epitomises what Mercedes-Benz stands for better than the E-Class. We've known it by that name since 1986 but the history of this model actually dates all the way back to 1953 and the introduction of the original 'W120' series design, widely regarded as the brand's first truly modern motor car. And this model has remained truly modern throughout the many generations since, pioneering everything from safety passenger cell technology to turbodiesel engines, innovation that continues here. Will it all be enough to frighten rivals as good as BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and the Jaguar XF? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Some full-sized Executive saloons claim to be sporty: cars like BMW's 5 Series and Jaguar's XF. Others, like this one, simply don't feel the need to try that hard - unless an AMG V8 happens to beat beneath the bonnet. It probably won't do. Electrification is the theme with this revised tenth generation model, with plug-in hybrid technology now available right across the range on the diesel engines as well as the petrol ones, plus as before, there's a choice of rear-driven or 4MATIC AWD drivetrain options. All models come with 9G-Tronic 9-speed auto transmission. The volume unit is the 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol powerplant that features on the base E200 variant, an engine which now features an improved 48-volt mild hybrid system now integrated into the casing of the nine-speed automatic gearbox. This lightly electrified set-up can produce up to 20bhp and 180Nm of extra torque to reduce the load on the petrol engine. Completely new to the E-Class line-up is the six cylinder petrol unit of the new E450 (borrowed from the CLS 450). As before, there's a petrol plug-in variant too, the E300e, which uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with a 13.5kWh battery; together, these power sources have a combined output of 333hp and 790Nm of torque. And there's an all-electric range of up to 35 miles. In the diesel range, things kick off with the 194hp 2.0-litre E220d with 400Nm of torque. There's also, rather uniquely, a diesel plug-in variant, the E300de, which has a 2.0-litre diesel engine paired with a 13.5kWh battery; the combustion engine produces 194hp, while the electric motor adds a further 122hp and there's an all-electric range of up to 34 miles. At the top of the diesel line-up is the six cylinder E400d 4MATIC, which produces 340hp and 700Nm. If you want a sporting E-Class with a potent petrol powerplant, there's also a revised version of the 3.0-litre biturbo mild hybrid six cylinder engine used in the potent Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ variant, which benefits from slightly more electrified assistance, though the total output (435hp) is the same as before. Beyond that, there's the 4.0-litre V8 E 63 4MATIC+ S model which offers 612hp. Even on mainstream E-Class models, handling should be sharper than you might expect, thanks to various 'Direct Control' suspension systems with selective damping. There's also the option of an 'Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension' set-up offering the kind of pillowy ride that will remind you of the larger Mercedes S-Class saloon. A 'Dynamic Select' switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from four 'Air Body Control' modes: 'Comfort', 'ECO', 'Sport' and 'Sport+'. The additional 'Individual' option allows drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.

Design and Build

The complete E-Class line-up includes saloons, estates, coupes and cabriolets but it's the saloon and estate that are our focus here. As facelift restyles go, this is quite a significant one. The front end features softer, re-shaped headlamps with full-LED beams and the grille's been revised too, as has the front bumper. As before, this tenth generation model displays hallmark Mercedes-Benz saloon proportions, the elongated bonnet coupled with a coupe-esque roof that flows into a sensual, broad-shouldered tail. The silhouette remains characterised by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut well-defined flanks displaying dynamic feature lines. At the rear end on the saloon variant, the previous rounded tail lamps have been replaced by wider, slimmer units which extend further across the back end and into a boot lid that now has a sharper upper edge. The estate body style has a rear section much as before. Inside, there's a new split-three spoke steering wheel with more responsive touch-sensitive buttons. And the standard offering sees the front of the cabin dominated by a couple of 10.25-inch screens, one for the instruments and the other for the infotainment functions. These are upgraded to 12.3-inches in size further up the range or at extra cost. What's really different though, is the fact that these monitors now work with the brand's latest MBUX interface, which means that you get far more sophisticated "Hey Mercedes" voice control and a lower touch-sensitive pad to replace the previous click wheel controller. As before, it does of course all feel suitably premium, with leather-covered doors and subtle ambient lighting. High-quality materials include open-pore woods, wood with what Mercedes calls 'a yachting look' and a novel metal fabric. Rear seat space is generous. And the saloon model offers a 540-litre boot, with folding rear seat backs able to extend that further if need be. As before, the E-Class estate is the biggest station wagon in the full-sized Executive segment, offering up to 1,820-litres of total fresh air.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £39,000, there's a £2,330 premium if you want the estate variant and the core trim options lie with base 'Sport', then various levels of 'AMG Line'-spec. Across the range, the standard specification is as complete as you'd have a right to expect for the prices being asked. All models feature a centre-dash 10.25-inch display, Parktronic parking sensors with a reversing camera and a Park Pilot self-parking system. There's also leather upholstery with heated front seats, LED headlights and taillights, 64-colour selectable LED interior lighting, two-zone automatic climate control, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with dual touchpads, electrically folding mirrors and 17-inch wheels. The 'AMG Line' models come with AMG exterior styling including unique bumpers and side skirts, larger 19-inch alloy wheels, perforated front brake discs, a three-spoke AMG steering wheel and Artico leather and Dynamica microfiber upholstery with a seat comfort package. The E400d model comes with Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension as standard, as well as COMAND satellite navigation with 12.3-inch display and remote online services. Safety-wise, a whole range of next-generation camera systems have now been introduced, including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist - now also with an exit warning feature.

Cost of Ownership

For a car that performs as broad a remit as the E-Class, encompassing everything from German domestic market taxi fleets to family transport, company cars and all points in between, there's a pressing requirement for the car to turn in some great efficiency measures. To that end, Mercedes has worked hard to improve running costs this time round, which are aided by the increased emphasis on electrification across the range. Let's look at the WLTP-rated figures, giving you the saloon stats. The E200 petrol manages up to 38.7mpg on the combined cycle and 165g/km of CO2. For the E450 4MATIC, the stats are 31.4mpg and 204g/km. The E300e petrol plug-in manages up to 176.6mpg and 37g/km of CO2. And the diesels? Well the efficient 2.0-litre biturbo diesel engine in the volume E220d model manages up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 139g/km of CO2. If you go for the six cylinder E400d diesel, the saloon version of that variant manages up to 42.2mpg and up to 176g/km - not bad for a 4WD high performance diesel full-sized executive model. The Plug-in diesel variant will really help your tax return; the E300 de offers a combined cycle fuel reading of 235.4mpg and an official CO2 reading of just 33g/km. And otherwise? Well this model series is designed for the long haul. There's plenty of proof of that: Greek taxi driver Gregorios Sachinidis clocked up 2.9 million miles in his 1976 240D and though build quality took a bit of a dip with the W120 series range we had between 1995 and 2003, it's now better than ever with this tenth generation version. This car will easily out-last you, one reason why all-important residual values have traditionally been strong with diesel and lower-order petrol engines. Unless you do something silly like specify an overly bright colour scheme, you can expect to get over 60% of your initial purchase price back after three years.

Summary

This enhanced version of the 'W213'-series Mercedes E-Class puts in an impressive performance. Beforehand it felt like quite an expensive car. Now it feels like one that's pricey but which offers a compelling value proposition. It drives with genuine polish, yet is capable of stepping from cruiser to carouser without breaking a sweat. Operating the car is relatively easy and you rarely feel as if it's imposing its will on you, unlike certain rivals we could mention. The abiding impression is that this is a very carefully considered vehicle, developed by a company steeped in a proud engineering tradition. The latest changes future-proof this E-Class a little further against the constant assault from its key rivals. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this improved tenth generation model though, is the fact that its appeal has broadened so far. It was once hard to see anybody under the age of fifty contemplating an E-Class. A more dynamic image and a focus on sharper design and driving dynamics has seen that demographic become younger. What's more, all this has been achieved diluting this design's Stuttgart DNA - and without alienating its legacy market. That is the mark of a very special car.

E FOR EFFICIENCY (used) 02/03/2016

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a reputation for buttoned-down efficiency. It's one continued by this vastly improved eighth generation version which retains a sensible side but dials up the desirability, aiming to offer a smarter, more prestigious approach to Executive class motoring than its closest German rivals. It does so with efficient engines, astonishing technology and comfort that makes you question the need for a larger luxury saloon.

Models

4dr saloon, 5 dr estate (2.1, 3.0 diesel, 1.8, 3.0, 3.5, 5.5, 6.2 petrol, 2.1 diesel/electric hybrid)

History

No car epitomises what Mercedes-Benz stands for better than this one - the E-Class. We've known it by that name since 1986 but the history of this model actually dates all the way back to 1953 and the introduction of the original 'W120' series design, widely regarded as the brand's first truly modern motor car. And this model has remained truly modern throughout the eight generations since, pioneering everything from safety passenger cell technology to turbodiesel engines, innovation that continues here in this much improved 'W212' series version, the most comprehensively revised Mercedes-Benz ever. And it needs to be. Much, after all, has happened in the executive saloon sector since this MK8 model E-Class was first introduced here back in 2009, with all-new versions of both its main competitors, the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6, as well as stronger opposition from lower volume segment rivals like Jaguar's XF and the Lexus GS. No longer was it enough for the Stuttgart's most important car to be merely big, refined, efficient and classy. Extra technology was needed - and a bit of extra character too, both of which are apparently provided by the vastly improved eighth generation version introduced early in 2013, the car we're going to test here. You'll recognise it by its more curvaceous nose but beyond the smarter look lie the more important state-of-the-art virtues this E-Class will need if it's to continue to be its maker's most profitable model. As before, its market appeal will be vast, with private buyers the focus of pretty Coupe and Cabriolet versions and the far larger business sector targeted by the saloon and estate variants we're going to talk about here. One of these must be almost all things to all commercial people, as appealing to, say, a taxi operator in ordinary base diesel form as in higher spec it will be to a top executive. It must, in short, be a very thoroughly developed product indeed. Let's put it to the test.

What You Get

Mercedes is usually careful not to meddle too fundamentally with the things that define its most popular products, especially when it comes to aesthetics. Here, it's different. E-Class customers who previously defined this car by its twin headlamp set-up and that prominent Three-Pointed Star atop the traditional upright lamella grille must now get used to quite a different look. The traditional bonnet mascot's gone, replaced by a larger brand badge in the centre of a more prominent front grille flanked by a redesigned pair of curvaceously flowing headlamps. These now operate within a single lens that incorporates flowing light elements intended to maintain the typical four-eyed look that has come to characterise this car. The swept-back bonnet has also been restyled so that its contours merge elegantly with the smartened front end, while at the side, the shape appears to have been stretched thanks to a sharper creaseline beginning on the rear doors and extending into the tail lights. These have also been smartened, with a two-tone look and LED technology that offers up a distinctive nightime visual signature. We're talking then, of a package of changes that go a bit further than you'd expect from a mid-term facelift, an approach continued on inside. Slip behind the wheel and smarter materials with meticulous detailing serve to raise the perceived quality and functionality of this car. There's a redesigned centre console too, with extra storage space making up for the fact that the door pockets are as small as ever. As before, you sit quite low and you'd be excused for some initial confusion with all the stalks, paddles and buttons that need to be mastered on the nappa-leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, along with the endless menus of the standard COMMAND infotainment system whose 7" colour screen dominates the top of the dash. But you quickly adjust, not only to these but also to familiar E-Class anomalies like the foot-operated parking brake and the steering column-mounted gearstick. And once you have, you're set to more readily appreciate ergonomic design that's just that bit more special this time around. Perhaps it's the lovely analogue clock positioned between a smarter set of dash-top vents. The tight, precise panel gaps. Or the Artico stitched leather trim on the dashboard and the beltline of the doors. Moving into the back, the large door aperture aids easy entry and once inside, headroom is good, though there's not quite as much rear legroom as the car's dimensions might suggest. It's quite enough for long distance comfort though, provided you're not stuck in the middle where you've to straddle a prominent propshaft tunnel. Out back, the 540-litre boot is slightly bigger than you'll find in a BMW 5 Series, an Audi A6 or a Jaguar XF and for not much extra, you can have it with this neat pull-down Easy Pack boot box. Unfortunately, the option to extend the cargo area with a useful 60:40 split-folding rear bench is an expensive extra. Still, if that's something you're likely to be doing on a regular basis, you'd be better off looking at the spacious estate version, which ups luggage capacity to a 695-litre total, extendable to -1950-litres by flattening the back seat. That's significantly more than rival BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant models can offer.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Insist on a full Mercedes dealer service history, especially for the most recent models whose lengthy warranty - effectively for the life of the car - is dependent on proper servicing by an authorised agent. Check that all the accessories work and watch out for cosmetic damage which can be expensive to correct. These are popular family cars, so check for wear and tear in the rear. Also look for the usual signs of wheel kerbing and poorly repaired accident damage. Mercedes experienced problems with the piezo electric injectors on the E250CDI and replacing them within factory tolerances seems to be a problem for many dealerships, resulting in sub-par economy.

Replacement Parts

(approx. based on E250 model) Allow around £90 for a set of front brake pads and £75 for the rear and about £375 (excluding catalyst) for a factory exhaust system. A full clutch replacement would cost around £295, a radiator is about £245 whilst a starter motor can be up to £250. A new alternator would be in the region of £500.

On the Road

Some full-sized Executive saloons claim to be sporty: BMW's 5 Series, Jaguar's XF. Others, like this one, simply don't feel the need to try that hard - unless an AMG V8 happens to beat beneath the bonnet. It doesn't here. Like almost all E-Class buyers, I've chosen a diesel - but rather a nice one, the top 252bhp V6 E350 BlueTEC. Assuming you've not had the minor lottery win that would open up ownership of the top 5.5-litre E63 AMG turbocharged petrol flagship, the car I've got here represents the sole high performance option in the range, 620Nm of torque hurling you to 62mph in 6.6s en route to an artificially limited 155mph maximum. But would you really want to go that fast in an E-Class? Well, should the need arise, surprisingly these days, you just might. Dynamically you see, this car is much improved over the original version of the same design we first saw back in 2009. For a start, all models get an improved 'Direct Control' suspension set-up with selective damping with is further firmed up on AMG Sport models like this one. So the rear wheel drive chassis actually feels unexpectedly responsive when you pitch the car into a tight corner, especially if, as here, your car is fitted with the optional AirMATIC air suspension set-up with Adaptive Damping and you've switched off the magic carpet 'Comfort' mode in favour of 'Sport'. So you need to spend some extra money if you really want a dynamic drive. But then, to be fair, that's also the case with this car's two closest rivals, BMW's 5 Series and Audi's A6. Traditionally, the advantage with both of these cars was that you actually felt something back from their steering systems through the corners - in contrast to the vague old rack provided on the original version of this car. Mercedes though, has caught up a bit with this revised version, fitting a 'Direct Steering' system that more accurately varies the level of assistance to the speed you're travelling at. It's still not especially rewarding but it is an improvement. If you're fortunate enough to drive a top E63 AMG V8 model though, with its electro-mechanical speed-sensitive AMG steering, you can see just how much better it could be. The same applies to the gearbox. The 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed transmission all mainstream E-Class models use is smooth but not especially responsive unless you use the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Switch to an E63 and its AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sports automatic set-up and you'll see how much better a Mercedes auto 'box can be. Talking of the E63, that model's bi-turbo V8 comes with either 557 or 585bhp but it only comes with two wheel drive: the desirable 4x4 E63 variant unfortunately can't be engineered in right hand drive form. This top V8 AMG version sits at the top of a slimmed-down petrol-powered E-Class range that's now based around a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine rather than the previous 1.8 - and rather a clever one too, with direct injection and twin scroll turbocharging. This efficient BlueDIRECT unit comes in two different states of tune, with even the base E200 offering 184bhp, good for 62mph in 7.9s on the way to 145mph. Beyond that, the pokier E250 has 211bhp and improves these figures to 7.4s and 151mph: not bad for a car able to return nearly 50mpg in normal use. That might make you think twice about choosing one of the 2.1-litre diesels that almost all UK E-Class buyers tend to want - but probably not for very long. There's 30% more pulling power on offer from the two four cylinder CDI units, with the 400Nm available from the 170bhp E220CDI, enough to get it to 62mph in 8.7s on the way to 141mph. With 204bhp on tap, the pokier E250 CDI improves those figures to 7.5s and 150mph. Exactly the same turn of speed in fact as you'll get from probably the most interesting variant in this revised E-Class line-up, the diesel/electric E300 BlueTEC Hybrid. This shares the E250 CDI's same 204bhp diesel engine but adds a 27bhp electric motor to it so that manoeuvring, parking and setting off a modest throttle loads for up to two-thirds of a mile are all conducted exclusively using power from the 19 kW lithium-ion battery. The diesel engine also switches itself off when coasting at speeds of up to 100mph. Truly future-proofed executive motoring.

Overall

Think of Mercedes and you might think of luxury limousines, glamorous roadsters, championship-winning racing cars or unbreakable commercial vehicles. In fact though, this car, the E-Class, is actually the rock on which the brand is built - and has been for over six decades. It hasn't always been the most inspiring choice in its sector, but legions of loyal owners have never minded that. Other Directorship-level models, they reason, might be slightly plusher or a little better to drive but none has the sense of occasion that this one brings with it. You'll have worked hard to be in a position to enjoy a car like this and you need to feel rewarded when at last, you take possession of the keys. Here you will be: it's as simple as that. And in a more efficient, smarter and more dynamic way at the wheel of this vastly improved eight generation version. It's a car now able to make a much stronger case for itself, not just amongst the typical heartland of Mercedes customers but also with younger buyers and those who would once have turned to a BMW for driving excellence and an Audi for design focus. What's more, it's managed this without diluting the very DNA that makes a Mercedes what it is. All of which means that if you've always wanted one, you've now more reasons than ever to wish upon a Star.

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