Our Fleet Test Drive: Mercedes E-class - 5th Report
15 April 2010
After some post-Christmas drudgery around the South East, a week's holiday recently gave the E-class a chance to stretch its legs.
My girlfriend and I decided to take a tour of Scotland, starting in Edinburgh then working our way up and across the country before heading back down to Yorkshire for a wedding at the end of the week.
While she enjoyed the stunning scenery, the E-class and I enjoyed some brilliant driving roads, where the car proved its all-round ability. There's certainly no rival I'd have preferred to take the long Friday night trip north in, and once we'd arrived the big saloon proved that, while it's maybe not quite set up with the sporting bent of its BMW or Jaguar competitors, it's still no slouch on twistier roads, and handled the crests, potholes and surface changes with aplomb.
The mileage also meant a slight upturn in average fuel economy, with every tank now recording a figure above the 36.0mpg average over the first 3000 miles. A best of 42.1mpg is still not trailblazing, but is at least heading in the right direction. Meanwhile, the average overall now stands 36.4mpg.
|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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