Having just bought this car within the last week I thought I would post some early thoughts. Firstly reviews I've read so far make a point of criticising the engine noise of the four cylinder diesel. This has not been an issue for me, in fact I would go so far as to say that it sounds not dissimilar to my last car, a Mercedes ML320 diesel. It certainly an excellent match when paired with the 7g tronic gearbox as on mine.
I bought mine as a two month old Mercedes Direct vehicle with 6000 miles on the clock. I was slightly apprehensive about the change from the ML, but I have to add that although its early days, the signs are looking good.
Of particular note equipment wise are the intelligent lighting and adaptive main beam assistants. They are quite remarkable in the way they operate and the lighting quality is second to none, seemingly melting the Tarmac with the amount of light when on main beam.
The only concern I have and this is not confined to Mercedes alone, is the diesel particulate filter, which as the majority of my journeys are under 7 miles each way, I will need to monitor. As it states in the handbook that a run of twenty minutes will be needed on a regular basis to facilitate the cleaning process that my journeys don't allow.
Little bit disappointed with the fuel consumption so far, averaging 47 mpg on the motorway at an average of 75 mph and currently only 25 around town. Hopefully as the miles build up and then engine beds in, this will improv
Mine is E220CDI Executive SE – same spec. as Avantgarde + Navigation 50 APS less Xenon lights. I’ve had it 8 months/10k miles. Great leasing deal, smooth engine/auto gearbox; easy to live with- side windows stay clean & spoiler/alloys don’t easily catch kerbs; Nav is easy to use on the go when plans change & TMC avoids most traffic hold-ups; superb build quality - no visible imperfections/faults; self-levelling great for ramps/speed humps when laden; quiet at speed on most surfaces; economical on main roads (53mpg @ 60mph/48mpg @70mph); good seats; lowered suspension comfortable at speed but I’d get ‘comfort suspension’ if used mainly in town; media system great with iPod & Bluetooth phone system very clear. Not So Good: Longer than many parking spaces; need COMAND upgrade for voice control; halogen headlights not great & unlike Xenons can’t be easily switched for foreign use; Nav has 5-digit postcode entry so need road/house number; some POIs out of date; engine a bit harsh at high revs but high torque means that’s rarely needed; parking sensor LEDs look 1980’s; Parking Guidance instructs full steering lock standing still which can’t help tyre wear so I don’t use it; iPod album covers can’t be shown & DVDs are audio only without COMAND. Finally, if you want the approved tow bar then order it for factory-fitment at £675 as it’s over £2,000 with the cooling system upgrade afterwards! All-in-all a superb car that feels like it’s built to last a very long time.
Firstly the model I have is not listed here but it's the E220 Executive SE which I have to say is great value for money including things like Audio 50 which is a quality radio and sat nav combination. I upgraded this for £600 to the full Ucommand system with Lingatronics voice command and I find the voice control a great safety feature as I can use the sat nav, change the radio or telephone without moving my hands from the wheel. The interior of this car is very comfortable although I do find the bolsters on the seat a little uncomfortable if you have something in your back pocket like change. The drive is great and I have already clocked up 1600 miles in about 3 weeks of owning the vehicle as I just love to drive it. I will say though on rough roads the lowered suspension can be a bit hard so I would seriously recommend the comfort suspension if ride quality is important to you. Of course the lowered suspension does improve the handling of the vehicle as you would suspect. The leg room and comfort in the rear is very good and passengers will enjoy the ride. The boot is very versatile with a crate and floor organiser that can be used for holding items like a laptop bag, umbrella etc very well and stops them roling around. Of course this cars best part is the size of the boot, the only thing to add is if you cant fit it in here you need a van. The running costs are very good and I have averaged 38 MPG but lets just say I do like to drive my cars.
Best car I ever had, excellent attention to detail in almost everything except for the SatNav. Here I am disapointed as it does not accept the full UK postcodes, only te first 4 digits, gets you to the town but not the street that has to be found and entered manually. Otherwise, the car has been reliable and no issues in 18 months. Does not achieve the combined cycle MPG, average is 36.1 mpg.
Overall - very good car, lots of space and comfort
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