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Turbocharged 1.8-litre unit is lively and frugal

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The E-class more than lives up to traditional Mercedes values

The E-class is a refined and relaxing return to old Mercedes qualities

What is it?

Ignore the badge. While Mercedes has a long history of naming individual models according to the displacement of their engine, the realities of modern-day marketing mean the practice is sadly dying out.

Witness the new E-class coupe. The entry level Mercedes E250 CGI coupe model driven here actually runs a turbocharged 1.8-litre engine. Well down in size to what the badge attached to its boot lid suggests, then.

It’s significant, as it runs Mercedes’s first-ever four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine.

What’s it like?

Delivering 201bhp and 228lb ft between 2000rpm and 4300rpm, it is quite lively, with impressive response down low and willingness to rev – qualities not associated with the Mercedes’s older supercharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder used in this car’s direct predecessor, the Mercedes CLK180 Kompressor.

What the Mercedes E250 CGI coupe does share with its predecessor is a particularly strong mid range, although it’s much smoother – the result, no doubt, of the decision to replace the old Roots-style supercharger with a combination of direct-injection and turbocharging.

Indeed, despite having 1500kg to haul, there’s solid performance: Mercedes claims 0-62mph in 7.4sec and a limited 155mph top speed – an improvement of 1.4sec and 7mph. The best bit, though, is the ability of the new engine to deliver the kind of hushed progress you’d normally expect from a six-cylinder engine.

It also benefits from a range of fuel saving initiatives, including a new stop-start system built into the standard five-speed automatic gearbox, as part of Mercedes’s BlueEfficiency package to give it a near-40mpg combined average.

In other areas the Mercedes E250 CGI coupe is the equal of its more expensive siblings. In fact, with a lighter engine sitting up front it feels livelier over challenging roads and its standard 235/45 R17 tyres provide an added element of on-the-limit adjustability.

Should I buy one?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 CGI BlueEfficiency is proof that the trend towards engine downsizing needn’t come at the expense of driving enjoyment.

Greg Kable

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nh

28 April 2009

Well done!

Really, now this finally is a (short) testreport like it should be. Much to my delight the author does not bother us with his personal design opinions and just sticks with the technical bits and how the car drives.

Whether or not the reader likes the looks is totally left up to the reader - great!

Can we have more of that, please?

28 April 2009

Mighty impressive. I'd buy one (were I not totally broke) - I was amazed at the CO2 figures for this and the 350 - the 350 at 199 is an incredible achievement I think from an engineering perspective.

Bring back steel wheels.

28 April 2009

[quote W124]

Mighty impressive. I'd buy one (were I not totally broke) - I was amazed at the CO2 figures for this and the 350 - the 350 at 199 is an incredible achievement I think from an engineering perspective.

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Yes indeed, imagine what this little thing can do in terms of performance and mpg if it were given the 7-speed transmission.

I suspect Mercedes is not putting the 7-speed transmission into the lesser C and E Class models because the performance of these 4 cylinder and diesel models are now running quite close to their 6-cylinder siblings. Mercedes would like to maintain a healthy distance between them. A simple solution to the problem is for Mercedes to turbocharge the 3.5L 6 cylinder engine so it can move the C350 up a notch and be on par with the BMW twin-turbo 335i and 535i.

28 April 2009

When I first saw the new E class, I hated it, but it's started to grow on me. I still prefer the looks of the C class though...

Now make a convertible and you might have me as a customer (as soon as I can raise the cash).

28 April 2009

Convertible on the way!

It's a shame about the lackof 7G gearbox, the old 5 speeder's archaic in comparison, the new structure seems odd to me, no E320 replacement, it's left a huge gap, the E250 is just a tad too far below in power / equipment and the E350 seems too far above? I know which way my company car manager will steer us and it wont be to a 350! :(

28 April 2009

[quote Autocar]The entry level Mercedes E250 CGI coupe model driven here actually runs a turbocharged 1.8-litre engine. Well down in size to what the badge attached to its boot lid suggests, then.[/quote]

Shhh! dont tell Merc customers it's only a 1.8 or else they'll have issues about having a smaller one than Mr Jones and his Vectra next door!

28 April 2009

Must be able to order it with the 7G.

Bring back steel wheels.

28 April 2009

Well, very interesting from Mercedes. They've refined the interior very well, the best so far for the E-class series. I like the style on the whole. Even though this is the type of car that can go fast, but also be a business sort of car. It has the space in the boot, and the space in the back certainly has a good amount of space. Nice car.

28 April 2009

167g/km??! That's the same as my Focus. That's hell of an achievement.

29 April 2009

[quote nh]Can we have more of that, please?[/quote]

Hear hear!

Although I am still trying to think if we had said a one-and-a-half-ton 1800cc car doing 155 mph even 10 years ago we would have been laughed out of town!

Amazing efficiency

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