The fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) has design cues from the larger S-Class and the smaller C-Class. Comparisons to the facelifted variant of the previous model (W212) are inevitable – the current E-Class is based on the F800 Style’s design language while the W212 E-Class also incorporates several design cues from the F800 Style.
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.
The cabin, which was previewed on the Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) that Mercedes-Benz showcased in September 2015 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, is ever closer to the S-Class in the areas of comfort, luxury and connectivity. Two key features that stand out are the two 12.3-inch full HD screens housed within a single unit on the dashboard and the pair of touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel, which respond to finger swipes to control the car’s infotainment system. If you are a fan of the traditional Comand controller, it has been retained on the centre console.
The Mercedes-Benz E200 Avantgarde Premium Plus is powered by the turbocharged 2-litre, 4-cylinder engine which is found on many of the brand’s models – and rightfully so as it’s a punchy, efficient and reliable unit. Maximum power is 184 hp and maximum torque is 300 Nm. Mated to another Mercedes-Benz favourite, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which sends drive to the rear wheels, the century dash is dispatched in 7.7 seconds while top speed is 240 km/h.
As the car comes with the Premium Plus equipment line, COMAND Online, Memory package, MULTIBEAM LED Intelligent Light System, Parking package with 360-degree camera, wireless charging, KEYLESS-GO Comfort Package, Burmester surround sound system, panoramic glass sunroof and smartphone integration app via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, and USB and Bluetooth interface are included.