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Our Fleet Test Drive: Mercedes E-class - 7th Report

Date: 17 May 2010   |   Author:

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Category: Executive
P11D price: £32,545
Key rival: BMW 5-series

I love discovering little bits and pieces that make the E-class easy to live with, and I reckon Mercedes has engineered in more than any other carmaker.

The latest one is that annoyance only experienced when you've had a couple of tall passengers that have moved the rear headrests. When they've got out, you're left with the headrests poking up, blocking the rear view.

Not in the E-class, where a prod of the button in the middle of the dashboard drops all three rear headrests to their lowest position. Simple, yet really useful.

Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI Avantgarde manual
Claimed combined
Our average consumption38.7mpg
P11D price£32,545
Model price range£27,570-£73,855
CO2 (tax) 142g/km (20%)
BIK 20/40% per month£108/£217
Service intervalvariable mls
Insurancegroup 38
Warranty3yrs/unlimited mls
Boot space 540 litres
Engine size/power2143cc/204PS
Top speed/0-62mph149mph/7.7secs
Why we’re running itTo see if it can take on the
excellence of BMW and
Jaguar in this sector
PositiveComfort, quality,
classy looks
NegativeManual gearbox,
early fuel economy