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The German luxury automaker, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 2013 E-Class facelift with vital cosmetic alterations and mechanical tweaks. The new E-Class looks sleeker, sportier and more outgoing than its predecessor. Major exterior updates have been made to its front end such as all new single-piece headlight, integrated daytime running lights, redesigned bumper and new twin-slat grille (optional) with Mercedes metal logo. Its side profile is managed by a new sheet metal, new body creases running towards its rear and a new set of alloy wheels. The tail lights now get LEDs with a new design. To reduce the bulky appearance of the tail pipes, Mercedes gives it an underneath chrome treatment.
Cabin of the car is as plush and premium as outside. Material and build quality is top-notch. The generous use of light shades around front and rear panoramic roofs creates a bright and airy cabin. The dashboard gets silver and chrome bits instead the old wood inserts. Instrument cluster is easy to read. The multi-information display has Eco display for monitoring driving-style-efficiency. Mercedes equipped the new E-Class with various tech-savvy features such as ECO display, ECO start/stop function, Electromechanical direct-steer system (with the capability to save fuel based on system-controlled energy demand), Intelligent alternator management with kinetic-energy recuperation and more. Along with this, the saloon is loaded with several goodies like 3-zone automatic climate control, adaptive main beam programmable three-way memory for mirrors and steering, front and rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable seats with good lumbar support and more.
The new E-Class is available in both petrol and diesel engine option. The E250 CDI Avantgrade variant comes powered with a 2.2-litre CRDi, in-line diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 204bhp @ 4200rpm with 500Nm of torque @ 1600rpm – 1800rpm. It displaces 2143cc. This powertrain is capable to achieve 0-100kmph in merely 7.4 seconds with a top-speed of 242kmph. It returns a fuel economy of 9kmpl in city and 13kmpl on highways.
The E200 CGI is powered by a 2.0-litre, 1991cc, in-line petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 184bhp @ 5500rpm and a peak torque of 300Nm @ 1200rpm – 4000rpm. It is claimed to deliver a fuel efficiency of 8kmpl in city and 12kmpl on highways. It accelerates 0-100kmph in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 233kmph.
The performance version E Class E63 AMG is power-packed with a 5.5-litre, V-type petrol engine that generates a peak power and torque outputs of 557bhp @ 5500rpm and 720Nm @ 5250rpm. This heavy-duty motor can mark 0-100kmph merely in 4.2 seconds, which is very prompt. It offers a top speed of 250kmph. It delivers a mileage of 4.5kmpl in city and 8.5kmpl on highways. All variants are offered with a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission.
Ride is balanced, and handling is predictable. Driving isn’t engaging. The 2.2-litre CRDi diesel engine is highly refined and powerful. The seven-speed automatic transmission could be more responsive and prompt. Suspension setup is well-tuned, and delivers a comfortable ride. The steering is precise and light that eases its city driving. But, the problem is it remains light even at 200+kmph, especially in the petrol variant. Body roll is acceptable. With better looks, performance and riding, the new E-Class makes a great deal.
The new E-Class is a sleek and sophisticated luxury saloon. The front is now even sportier that addresses the young buyers. It’s very first time when the E-Class gets a single-piece headlight. The integrated daytime running lights, redesigned bumper and new twin-slat grille (optional) with Mercedes metal logo are the major tweaks on its front end.
The revised sheet metal and bold body creases flowing towards its rear enhance its side profile. The regular variants of the new E-Class are assembled with 17-inches alloy wheels with 245/45 R17 tubeless tyres, while the launch edition gets large 18-inches, 10-spoke light alloy wheels with mixed tyres (245/60 at the front and 265/35 rubber at the rear). The redesigned tail lights get LEDs, and the tail pipes get an underneath chrome treatment.
The intelligent LED light system replaced the requirement of the headlamp washers and fog lamps. The piano black finish panoramic roof and turn indicators on ORVMs add more to its overall appearance. The new E-Class is available in five exciting colours: Obsidian black metallic, Dolomite grey pearl, Palladium silver metallic, Iridium silver metallic and Polar white.
The interior of the new E-Class is available in dual-tone beige and brown and all black options. The fit, finish and plastic quality are top-notch. The front half open-able panoramic sunroof gives it a pleasant and airy look. The dashboard gets silver and chrome instead of wood inserts given in the old model. AC vents are smaller than before, and in between them there is an analogue clock. Instrument cluster is easier to read. The multi-information display gets an Eco display for monitoring driving-style-efficiency.
The regular variants get a four-spoke steering wheel, while the launch edition is offered with a three-spoke AMG unit. Steering wheel feels good to hold. The mood enhancing ambient lighting with five-stage intensity control , 3-zone automatic climate control, adaptive main beam programmable three-way memory for mirrors and steering, front and rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable seats with good lumbar support and other equipments enhance the comfort and convenience level of the car.
The new E-Class is equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as ECO display, ECO start/stop function, Electromechanical direct-steer system (with the capability to save fuel based on system-controlled energy demand), Intelligent alternator management with kinetic-energy recuperation and more. There is ample storage space. Seats are very comfortable with soft cushioning and good headroom and legroom.
Engine and Transmission
The new E-Class is available in three engine options: two petrol and a diesel engine The E250 CDI Avantgrade variant derives power from a 2.2-litre CRDi, in-line diesel engine that develops a maximum power of 204bhp @ 4200rpm with 500Nm of torque @ 1600rpm – 1800rpm. It has a displacement capacity of 2143cc. It is more prompt than the 2.0-litre petrol unit. It can achieve 0-100kmph in merely 7.4 seconds with a top-speed of 242kmph. This powertrain delivers a fuel economy of 9kmpl in city and 13kmpl on highways.
The E200 CGI comes powered with a 2.0-litre, 1991cc, in-line petrol engine that develops a maximum power of 184bhp @ 5500rpm and a peak torque of 300Nm @ 1200rpm – 4000rpm. It offers a fuel efficiency of 8kmpl in city and 12kmpl on highways. It reaches 0-100kmph in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 233kmph.
The power-packed E Class E63 AMG performance version gets a heavy-duty 5.5-litre, V-type petrol engine that churns a peak power output of 557bhp @ 5500rpm and a maximum torque of 720Nm @ 5250rpm. It is competent to achieve 0-100kmph merely in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 250kmph. Although, on fuel efficiency front it fails to make an impact. It gives a mileage of 4.5kmpl in city and 8.5kmpl on highways. A 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission is combined with all three powertrains.
Performance and Handling
Handling has gone better than before. Equipped with the new direct control suspension, ride is firm and balanced. However, the driving isn’t involving. The E250 CDI petrol engine is faster and more refined than the E200 petrol unit. Power delivery is linear. Initially, there is turbo lag. But, when you accelerate more, it runs smoothly at around 3800rpm. It doesn’t breathe out till 4500rpm.
Throttle response is excellent. NVH levels are impressive, and engine is barely audible even at high speeds. The 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission isn’t prompt enough, and takes time in rolling gears downwards. Steering is light. But, it remains light at 200+kmph that affect its overall handling. Body roll is acceptable. Cabin insulation is fantastic, and you barely hear the engine and tyre noise.
Braking performance is excellent. The brake drying function helps stop the car on slippery wet roads. Pedal is responsive. The new E-Class is equipped with five-star safety features with features such as ABS (Anti-lock braking system), EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution), ESP, brake assist, electric parking brakes and Electro hydraulic braking system with hold feature. All wheels are fitted with the disc brakes that further add to its braking capabilities.
Powered with a 2.2-litre CRDi, in-line diesel engine, the E250 CDI Avantgrade variant returns a fuel economy of 9kmpl in city and 13kmpl on highways.
The E200 CGI is boosted with a 2.0-litre, 1991cc, in-line petrol engine that offers a decent fuel efficiency of 8kmpl in city and 12kmpl on highways.
A powerful 5.5-litre, V-type petrol engine is powering the E Class E63 AMG performance version that gives a mileage of 4.5kmpl in city and 8.5kmpl on highways. A 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission is the only available option.
The new E-Class is one of the safest cars in its segment, which comes loaded with five-star safety features such as airbags, driver and front passenger side bags, front and rear window bags, adaptive brakes, crash safety, attention assist drowsiness detection system, ABS (Anti-lock braking system), EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution), ESP, brake assist, electric parking brakes, Electro hydraulic braking system with hold feature, Pre-Safe – integral safety concept, NECKPRO, PARKTRONIC with advanced parking guidance, engine immobilizer, adaptive high beam assist, SRS (Supplemental restraint system), Intelligent light system, Cornering lights and active light system, parking sensors, seat belts and door ajar warning and road side assistance program.
The new Mercedes E-Class is certainly more powerful, sleeker and premium than its older version. Mercedes updated it to appeal young buyers, and made significant sporty changes. Feature-wise, it has much to offer along with a spacious and comfortable cabin. The engine line-up is powerful and efficient. Ride quality is excellent. However, drivability could have been more engaging. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a worthy investment and a great package for buyers.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Vs BMW 5 Series
The new BMW 5-Series received minor updates, which might not be instantly apparent. The new LED headlights, redesigned front and rear bumpers and large alloy wheels are some major cosmetic changes. It looks identical to its predecessor. On the other side, the new Mercedes E-Class looks very youthful, sporty and outgoing. The redesigned single-piece LED headlamps, sporty grille, new sheet metal, light alloy wheel, LED tail lamps and other exterior tweaks enhance its new look. It looks more appealing and premium than the BMW 5-Series.
The interior of the new BMW 5-Series is inspired from its older sibling. However, the company has offered extra features for upgrading its cabin such as silver embellishment and beige leather wrapped steering wheel and dashboard surface, 6.5-inch iDrive computer screen, high-tech instrument panel. Driving position is good, and seats are comfortable. The new E-Class is a sheer German beauty from inside too. The revised dashboard, Instrument cluster, multi-information display with Eco display and various other tech-savvy features make it very comfortable and plush. Material quality is top-notch. But, when placed against the new BMW 5-Series, it does just right.
The new 5-Series is available in two diesel engine (and 3-states of tunes) options combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Its transmission is more prompt and responsive than the E-Class’. With marginal difference, the 5 Series is more frugal than the E-Class, but, isn’t as powerful and efficient as the later. Steering is precise and light. The 5-Series is fun to drive. The NVH levels need an improvement. The new E-Class is offered in a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Ride is balanced and comfortable. However, driving isn’t engaging. The light steering is troublesome for high speed driving on highways.
The new BMW 5-Series offers a premium and plush interior rather than an attractive one. It’s more powerful, and mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission it delivers flexible and comfortable drive. However, its suspension setup isn’t up-to the mark. The new Mercedes E-Class is sleeker, sportier and more premium than its rival. Engine refinement level is excellent. Handling and ride quality are impressive. The new E-Class makes a better deal than the new BMW 5-Series.
Pros & Cons
Exterior and interior quality matches with S-Class
Top-notch kit and features
Powerful and refined V6 diesel engine
Excellent ride quality
Outstanding braking performance
Five-star safety features
Drive isn’t engaging
Light steering even at 200+kmph (especially petrol variant)
2 year standard warranty
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