There hasn't been a single day that we haven't missed our C-Class Long Termer since it has gone back. Now, we get our hands on the new E-Class. We absolutely loved it when we took it to Nashik to the Taj property and were waiting it drive it for even longer distances. The E-Class is definitely a lot bigger, spacious than the C-Class and now we don't miss the smaller sedan. Read further as we share our reliability reports of the E-Class.
Report I: Engine
The only downside to the E-Class is that it has the same engine and performance like the C-Class, but a larger and heavier body. This means the C-Class is faster and has better efficiency too. But with 204bhp of power on tap, does one really need to be worried about this? We think not. This power is more than sufficient for daily city or highway driving. The 2.2-litre engine is the perfect oil burner for this mid-size luxury sedan and even the 7G-TRONIC is a smooth self-shifting box.
To be honest, I hardly cross 2500rpm mark most of the time in city, and still overtake everyone with ease. There hasn't been a long highway run yet and we shall be doing one very soon. We have mostly driven the car in comfort mode and this works absolutely fine. In Sport, the shifts are a lot higher in the rpm range. So far, we haven't felt the requirement for this.
All we wish was that the E-Class now came with Start-Stop and smart key, as other competition is already offering the same. The engine isn't loud and very insulated, but the diesel clatter on cold starts still exists. The fuel efficiency isn't much of a concern for the owner, but just as data, the E250 CDI returns about 9-10km/l in the city. On the highway, it increases to about 12.
The Eco start-stop does increase the fuel efficiency, but in this heat we doubt if anyone will appreciate this feature. To our dismay, one cannot switch off the mode permanently. In winters, it should work wonders.
Report II: Interiors:
The interiors of the titivated E-Class are far more refreshing than the outgoing version. The gearshift has been moved on the steering column, new steering wheel, new instrument cluster. Does this help? In the long run, we have realised that the gear lever has freed a lot of space for more storage in between the two seats.
The beige leather seats do not just make the cabin look spacious, but also it doesn't heat up as much as black. The rear seats are extremely comfortable and this is real luxury with seats with cushion you so well. Despite being OctaneAddicts, we would love to seat behind more than drive this car. There aren't any frills for the rear seat passenger, it is purely the comfort that attracts us to this. Even the boot of the E-Class is large enough to gobble luggage for an entire weekend with still some more space left.