The fifth generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) has design cues from the larger S-Class and the smaller C-Class and it shares its design language with its predecessor, the W212 E-Class.
Size-wise, the W213 E-Class grew 43 mm in length to 4923 mm while its wheelbase was also extended by 65 mm. It is marginally narrower (2 mm) and 6 mm lower than its predecessor. Despite being larger overall, the increased amount of high-strength steel and aluminium used in its construction has resulted in the car being up to 100 kg lighter as well.
Fresh from a mid-life facelift, the latest E-Class sports a new low and fresh technology. Exterior-wise, the headlights are slimmer with sleeker full LEDs and a downward sloping grille while the rear features a distinctive shape and updated light fixtures that mimic those of the A-Class and CLA-Class.
The cabin is closer to the S-Class in the areas of comfort, luxury and connectivity and a new MBUX infotainment display with a 12.3-inch central touchscreen and a corresponding 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster catches the attention immediately. Also new is the COMAND Online system’s touchpad in the centre console and fresh upholstery options on every trim.
Our Mercedes-Benz E200 AMG Premium is powered by the turbocharged 2-litre, 4-cylinder engine which is found on many of the brand’s models. However, it has been tuned to produce more performance – 191 hp (7 hp more than the previous unit) and maximum torque of 320 Nm (20 Nm more). Mated to another Mercedes-Benz favourite, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission (with steering column-mounted paddle shifters), which sends drive to the rear wheels, the 0 to 100 km/h dash is dispatched in 7.5 seconds while top speed is 240 km/h.
As it comes with the AMG Premium package, you can expect sporty items from Mercedes-AMG, the brand’s high-performance subsidiary, such as AMG bodystyling components, AMG steering wheel in 3-spoke design and trimmed in black Nappa leather with flattened bottom and 19-inch AMG alloy wheels. Other equipment highlights are the ambient 64-colour lighting, Seat Comfort package, wireless charging, twin-tailpipe exhaust system (integrated into the rear bumper), front brake callipers with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering and AGILITY CONTROL suspension.