The E 220d – winner of our luxurious midsize sedan comparability check in 2017 and present section bestseller – was in no want of an replace. It shook-up the section by providing an extended wheelbase and a pair of luxurious 37-degree reclining again seats; then mixed that with soft trip high quality, an excellent engine and top-notch inside high quality – and it wasn’t even the most costly automobile within the class.
The primary motive for the replace was to deliver it in keeping with Mercedes’ dedication to creating all its vehicles BS6-compliant as quickly as attainable. So, just like the C-class and CLS, it now will get the up to date model of the OM654 2.Zero-litre turbo-diesel engine with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), a Selective Catalytic Discount (SCR) unit, and an AdBlue dosing tank so it could possibly run to BS6 emission requirements even on right this moment’s BS4 gas. The E 200 petrol has additionally been up to date to BS6, however the Three.Zero-litre, V6-powered E 350d has been dropped for now (it might return later with the S-class’ BS6-compliant straight-six).
However that’s not all. They’ve used this chance so as to add a brand new ‘Unique’ variant above the ‘Expression’ variant (previously referred to as Avantgarde). This provides a bit extra gear, which is at all times welcome. One much-missed merchandise is now on the checklist – Merc’s sensible 12.Three-inch digital instrument cluster; it’s arguably the perfect display within the enterprise and an unlimited enchancment on the previous analogue dials, which appeared like an afterthought within the E-class. Different bits embrace the 590W, 13-speaker Burmester Hello-Fi audio system from the E 350d, soft-close doorways throughout, wi-fi charging on the rear and even a touchscreen within the rear armrest that controls every thing, from the air-con, to the music, to the solar blinds. One bit of kit we want was included was a reminiscence operate for the powered entrance seats; sure, the again seats are the main focus of this automobile – and the again seats do, actually, have a reminiscence operate, however we nonetheless really feel the driving force(s) would discover extra use for it.
Talking of the drive, not a lot has modified with this diesel engine. It stays one of many smoother and extra refined engines in its class (actually, it proved barely quieter in comparison with the BS-IV model when examined towards our gear) and isn’t rev-happy or racy just like the one within the BMW 520d or Jaguar XF. If there’s a change, nonetheless, it’s that a few of that mid-range punch you’ll get earlier than is now gone. The outcomes present within the efficiency figures. At 9.24sec, it’s about Zero.4sec slower from Zero-100kph this time round, and the hole is comparable in kickdown acceleration. The 194hp and 400Nm of torque are nonetheless all there; it’s simply that they arrive on somewhat extra gently this time. The dynamics additionally stay unchanged, with a steering that’s surprisingly fast and sharp, however with a suspension that’s delicate and wallowy – nice at low speeds however somewhat bouncy as you go quicker.
These adjustments have come at a worth, although. At Rs 62.50 lakh (ex-showroom), this E 220d Unique is Rs four lakh costlier than the common Expression variant (BS-6 engine however not one of the added gizmos) and is now the most costly automobile within the class. Whereas it’s costlier than a BMW 520d, nonetheless, it’s nonetheless Rs 1.four lakh cheaper than the equal 620d GT, a automobile which is arguably a more in-depth rival. Would you pay the premium, although? It could not get you a six-cylinder engine or something near driving thrills, however given the again seat is admittedly the main focus of such a automobile – and that’s the place the main focus has been saved – it nonetheless stays the automobile to beat.
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