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Merc's E-Class sets standards

By Phuti Mpyane | Jun 24, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THERE'S something special about Merc's E-Class range.

THERE'S something special about Merc's E-Class range.

Take a peek at the sales records of the past five years or so and witness its strong presence as a favourite against its luxury sedan rivals: BMW 5 series, Audi A6, SAAB 95, Cadillac STS and to a lesser extent the Volvo S80.

What makes this car the pick of the segment?

Mercedes-Benz's answer would be along the lines of spacious, opulent interiors made of quality materials, ground-breaking technology and class-leading safety systems. Plus charismatic exterior styling and strong, reliable engines that combine power and fuel efficiency.

The new E-Class boasts all these features and borrows design cues such as muscular flanks from the larger S and CL-Class stable mates, but infuses this corporate look with a sharper, trapezoidal four-lamp face.

It comes with better technology, new safety systems and revised road driving mannerisms that maintain expectations.

It's a big range that initially consists of only petrol engines; an E300 which is a new petrol 3,0litre engine entry model, an E350, utilising a 3,5litre V6, and the full house E500 powered by a V8.

The usual interior and exterior trim variations of Elegance, Avantgarde and AMG are available and buyers have an extensive options list that includes a new light package which consists of intelligent lighting, which varies the intensity of the swivelling, bi-xenon beams according to driving conditions.

The cars drive incredibly well and are a step up from the advance in exemplary road behaviour introduced in the current C Class.

Find a twisty road to test its roadholding and be impressed by the car's ability to claw its way around bends and keenly power out of steep hills while remaining largely serene and comfortable.

E Class Coupé

Flanking the new E-Class' slightly boxy shape is a two-door version aimed at the sportier owner. Say hello to the E-Class coupé - a fluid shape that's shorter, sleeker and more charming than the sedan E-Class.

The E-Coupé is a vehicle of eccentricities and positives.

It has full-size rear windows that drop down fully and actually shares a platform with the new C-Class, which is why it's diminutive.

It takes on the picturesque form of a bigger CLC but with a heavy flavour of the upper crust that nears that of the CL-Class.

Here owners get their fill of techno-tainment exclusivity. thanks to a wide list of accessories and trim, combined with sharper driving sensations because of its compact chassis.

The E-Coupé is available only in E350 and E500 form, but looking at its lustful shape begs for more.


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