It’s the fifth generation of the car Mercedes bigwigs acknowledge as the heart of the company. No pressure here, then. Although it looks very much like a larger C-Class or smaller S-Class, worryingly so depending on your point of view, the latest E-Class is a stellar technological statement.
It’s also bigger and roomier than the previous model, but uses high-strength steel and aluminium in its structure to reduce weight.
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The entry-level E200 makes do with conventional dials and an 8.4-inch central screen, but the big step forward is the twin-tablet display of posher models, which conjoins two 12.3-inch screens for a dramatic panorama of in-car connectivity. The steering wheel also features a pair of thumb-sized touch-sensitive pads, a novel alternative to the central rotary controller. In terms of the interfaces, graphics and overall quality, Mercedes has dramatically raised the bar with this car.
As for housekeeping – space, ergonomics, user-friendliness, all the everyday stuff that matters – Merc of course gets it spot on. It’s an E-Class: we’d expect nothing else, really.
Command online System
COMAND Online. Navigation, telephone, audio, video, internet – with the optional control and
display system the driver is able to keep these and many other functions under control. And
in view: high-resolution in colour on a 12.3 cm (8.4-inch) central display. Controlling the system
using the touchpad with multitouch sensor system is easy and intuitive.
Keyless Comfort Package
included Hand-free access , automatic powered boot & keyless entry
With a greater range of ratios and shorter steps between gears, the new 9-speed automatic changes gears more quickly but nearly imperceptibly. Along with a more seamless delivery of power, the lighter, more versatile transmission enhances quiet riding comfort and fuel-efficiency. The electronic selector and shift paddles let you control all gear changes with your hands on the steering wheel. And drivers can vary the shift modes via the innovative DYNAMIC SELECT system.
Lane Tracking Package
Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist can warn the driver visually and audibly of vehicles in the blind spot and of inadvertent lane departures. Active Lane Keeping Assist can help to avoid collisions through brake actuations.
The Lane Tracking package at a glance:
Combination of two driving assistance systems for enhanced safety when changing lanes and in the event of the vehicle unintentionally drifting out of its lane
Active Blind Spot Assist can warn the driver of vehicles in the blind spot when changing lanes
Active Lane Keeping Assist can warn a driver who is unintentionally drifting out of lane and help to return the vehicle to its lane by one-sided brake applications.