This car was one of the best cars I have ever driven! For me Mercs are not for people who can't afford to buy into the big engine range and this is because most people who buy the small engine ones always have something to moan about. This car is the ultimate motorway cruiser it looks classy on the inside and out and will move like s••t off a shovel. This car has the ultimate reliability and my advice to anyone who is going to buy one is to have the back of the car debaged so you can have some fun on the motorway!
The current model appears much better than the previous. The revised engine is noisy when cold but purs and flys when warmed through which takes no time. The auto is slow to change down at low speed which can cause a slight jault. Fuel consumption is superb, averaging mid 40's. The trim is fine, but in areas could be better fitted and use more suitable materials to minimise wear. The electronic equipment takes time to understand but works well, particularly the sat nav. The stearing is sharp and light which can make long motorway journeys hard work keeping the vehicle in a straight line. I guess the design is pitched against the likes of BMW's 5 series. The drivers seat could offer more support. Overall after 18K miles so far so good. However, having regard to the cost I do have the nagging fealing of over priced and slightly over rated.
When I bought this car, a 2006 Mercedes Benz E280 Avantgarde Gas/auto trans, I didn't have any second thought, assuming it will be like my previous cars only better. Obviously I was wrong.
What does a consumer expect from a 'MORE' expensive car?
Answer is 'MORE' build quality; 'MORE' dependability; 'MORE' reliability; 'MORE' performance and 'MORE' quietness; 'MORE' dependable service etc...
Unfortunately, all the above are not what you could expect from this car.
PLEASE DON'T BELIEVE TOO MUCH IN WHAT YOU SEE OR HEAR - UNLESS THE ONE WHO MADE THE REVIEW IS SOMEONE WHO OWNS THE CAR AND HAVE DRIVEN THIS CAR FOR AWHILE NOW.
I have absolutely nothing against MB. I'm speaking actually from my own experience. this car is all the nightmares in a car came true. Believe it or not, it's up to you.
I have recently experienced a new E-Class and can easily say this is one of the best in class.
In terms of style, the exterior looks excellent, even after 5 years. As to the interior, it is much better shaped and designed, and has much better plastics. The current-generation E-Class also is very spacious and has a cavernous boot. As it is a very secure car, some people use it as a bank vault…
As to the drive, although it isn’t very sporty, it’s very good. I have to disagree completely with Mr. Phil Kean (who posted a review for the Estate version) saying that it has a horrible ride. I can’t disagree more. Okay, I did feel some bumps on these terrible Maltese roads of course, but it smoothed out even a pothole which was so big it forced the doors to unlock, the car having sensed a big force. The gear shift responses and ride height can be adjusted in favour of sportiness or comfort. Refinement is also very good (albeit a-little engine noise intruding), and it also has good fuel economy and decent performance. It’s also easier to park and manoeuvre than you would expect as it has a very tight turning circle.
While owning this car (around a week), it has been faultless.
Overall, a superb car. My father nearly prefers it to the previous-generation S-Class, and I quite understand. What I can’t understand are some of the reader reviews found here.
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Even after 8 months I still look forward to driving this car. The handling is superb, the 8 speed gearbox a dream. There is a bit of lag when you…