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Our Fleet Test Drive: Mercedes E-class - 9th Report

Date: 24 June 2010   |   Author:

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

The threat of kerbing is a constant danger to our fleet, especially in my case as I park on a tricky, tight and curved piece of road outside my flat.

Yet the E-class's wheels are still scratch-free, despite passing 10,000 miles. Rather than this being down to my exemplary driving however, a recent chat with Merc revealed that they sit the alloy further inside the tyre sidewall than notable German rivals, so it's better protected from scuffage. There's a slight pay-off in terms of visual impact, but that could be a price worth paying if it saves the wheels from blemishes.

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