Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016
- More accomplished and refined than its predecessor
- Spacious and comfortable
- Nicely designed both in and out
- You would expect more from the 6-speed manual gearbox
- Still not as refined as the BMW 5-Series
The 2nd generation of the famous executive E-Class Mercedes made a more serious claim on the positions of the BMW 5-Series. You can rarely please the motoring journalists, but on this occasion, the Mercedes engineers managed to do it. It was a significant step in the right direction from the 1st generation E-class. With improved looks and better handling, the E-Class became one of the best executive cars in the world.
Exterior and Interior
Stylistically it still looks like the classic E-Class but you can see that it is a modern car. The signature elements like the 4 headlamps and the shape of the grille were refined but retained. The silhouette of the car, however, was significantly changed. The result is stylish and elegant. It's the first Mercedes that looked hip and cool. The Germans clearly wanted to attract a younger portion of rich customers and the design helped to achieve this.
Just like its predecessor, the 2nd generation E-Class is both practical and refined. It tries to prove to the affluent customers that they don't need two cars any more ‐ Mercedes can now do everything ‐ carry your shopping and get you to the business meetings.
Performance and Economy
We don't really talk about economy here. It's an executive car and you'll struggle to stick to a budget. There is good news for the people who already own an E-Class Mercedes ‐ the car is depreciating slowly. What it means for a used car buyer is that you'll have to spend a lot more than you would on a similar size Japanese or French car. Servicing and maintaining is another area where you'll spend more than you expect. The car demands regular maintenance at the official dealership. The best economy can be achieved with the diesel engines. Even the 3.0-litre diesels can achieve 40mpg. The basic E-Class models are within the insurance group 32. Watch out for the AMG version through, at insurance group 47 and with very poor fuel economy, you will spend a small fortune running the car.
Like to Drive
Unless you're a sworn BMW-enthusiast, you'll enjoy the Mercedes E-Class. It's a mature and practical car with a sporty character, easy to drive and it's highly responsive to your commands. It will feel quick even with the basic petrol engine, 181BHP is enough to enjoy the ride in this car. The sensitive steering system will ensure the car behaves well during both urban driving and on a highway.
Faults and Repairs
As the Mercedes cars get more advanced with every new model, also the problems become more advanced. Mechanically, it is a very sound car, cleverly designed and well put together. What may cause a problem is the software and electronics that make this sophisticated car work. If something goes wrong with the "brain", some of the assemblies like the automatic transmission or suspension can start misbehaving.
Before buying, the E-Class should be test-driven and checked meticulously both in the city and on a highway. In a good condition, the car is very quick to accelerate and the gears switch almost without you noticing. If something slows down or needs an extra nudge, suspect an electric problem.Putting it right is quite expensive. A new 2nd hand car like this should be seen by a dealership when being serviced, which is always significantly more expensive than servicing at a local garage.