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Mercedes-Benz E-Class E200 / E250 SE 7G-Tronic Plus

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E200 / E250 SE 7G-Tronic Plus

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2. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Model/Engine size:
Mercedes-Benz E-Class E200 / E250 SE 7G-Tronic Plus
Fuel:
Petrol
Fuel economy combined:
47.9 mpg
Mercedes-Benz E-Class E200 / E250 SE 7G-Tronic Plus

Summary

It wasn’t too long ago that Mercedes struggled to get into this guide but with a new range of super hi-tech engines that is all about to change. Mercedes may have been the slowest of the German manufacturers to bring fuel-efficient models to market, but the results are impressive.

Confusingly, Mercedes’ badging system no longer directly relates to engine size which explains how both the 220 and 250 are using a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 184 bhp and 211 bhp respectively. Both units deploy cutting-edge BlueDIRECT technology with direct fuel injection, multi-spark injection, turbocharging, and continuously variable intake and exhaust timing. Even more impressively this is the first time that a turbocharged engine has been built with the ability to switch between stratified charge (lean burn) or homogeneous charge, offering big fuel consumption savings.

Alongside the new engine, a number of detail changes maximise fuel efficiency with all UK E-Class’s getting the BlueEFFICIENCY pack apart from the V8 models. This means low rolling resistance tyres, energy-saving alternator, fuel pump, air conditioning and power steering. The E200 and E250 combine this with a 7-speed automatic transmission which aids fuel economy and performance.

 

None of this fuel-sipping technology detracts from the usual E-Class strong points of supreme refinement and excellent build quality. In fact the aerodynamic additions result in a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.25 which helps to make the cabin a hushed environment at speed.

 

The latest E-Class takes the best aspects of the previous model but adds state-of-the-art engines and the BlueEFFICIENCY pack to great effect. As long as driving thrills aren’t top of your list, and you can live with the list price, the Mercedes Benz E-Class makes a compelling case.

 

Read our full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
57.7 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
37.2 mpg
CO2 emissions:
138 g/km
Green rating:
VED band E - £130 a year
Weight:
1655/1680 kg Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
22%
Price:
£34,340 / £35,470
Insurance group:
36/38
Power:
184/211 bhp
Max speed:
145/151 mph
0-62mph:
7.9/7.4 seconds
Euro 6:
Yes