Our Fleet Test Drive: Mercedes E-class - 3rd Report
03 March 2010
When we had one of those snow flurries a few weeks back, it was the first time I was truly grateful for picking a manual gearbox over the automatic that Mercedes drivers usually go for.
A late afternoon dumping of the white stuff caught everyone, including the gritters, unaware, and my normal 20-minute journey turned into a four-hour endurance test as the roads turned into an ice rink. The eight-mile run was completed using only second gear and virtually no throttle, and although a big, rear-wheel drive car was far from the ideal choice in the conditions, the E-class just about made it to within walking distance of my flat before being defeated by a steep hill. Much better than some I passed, and at least the gridlock tedium gave me plenty of time to get acquainted with the Merc's many in-car features.
|Mercedes E250 CDI Avantgarde|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average consumption||36.4mpg|
|Model price range||£27,570-£73,855|
|C02 (tax) ||142g/km (19%)|
|BIK?@?20/40% per month||£103/£206|
|Why we’re running it||To see if E-class can |
take on Jag and BMW
|Positive||Long-range ability |
|Negative||Hope that economy |
improves with miles
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