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Mercedes-Benz new E-Class

Mercedes-Benz launched a new E-Class sedan last year – the 10th generation model beautifully styled in a slightly longer body with a much improved dashboard. For some years now the E-Class has been overshadowed by the smaller C-Class which has sold up a storm on the back of good looks, sharp pricing and a lot of value. The latest E-Class mimics the C-Class looks and offers a far more sporty and compact appearance to previous E models. I tested the volume selling 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder E300 with new 9-speed automatic – I’ve always found previous E-Class’s rather stodgy but this model is more tailored, light footed on an air suspension that provides a great ride yet sharp handling. The turbo four feels more like a six, there’s more equipment, more performance and more economy and there needed to be as the E-Class copped a price hike of $11,000 at launch. Internally, the dashboard is dominated by two high-resolution and intuitive display screen, each measuring 12.3 inches. I only have one gripe and that’s the fitment of run flat tyres – there is no spare not even a repair kit. 40-series tyres on the front and 35-series on the rear offering little compliance on our broken edge country roads and a reason for concern. Having said that I was left impressed with the ride quality on the E300. Internally, this is a very comfortable Mercedes-Benz with all the creature comforts, safety and convenience items you expect in a $110,000 car. Previous E-Class has been overshadowed by the smaller C and larger S-Class – this series has really lifted the bar. I’m David Berthon

 

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