The winner at every game of ‘What name comes to your mind when talking about luxury vehicles’, Mercedes-Benz has certainly passed the test of time with their highly advanced luxury cars. Their latest E Class Saloon is another testament to their timeless legacy, which is now available across Indonesian showrooms. Being a premium luxury brand, the manufacturer sure knows that the vehicle won’t churn out a lot of sales in the country. Nevertheless, there isn’t any dearth of premium buyers in the country, who’d pay any price to get their hands on the new 2016 E-Class Saloon. But this doesn’t mean the vehicle isn’t deserving of such as price tag. It is loaded with tons of advanced features and functions that make the E-Class an extremely fun to drive vehicle with the best comfort in class. Sedan sales have surely been on the down low in the country in the wake of luxury hatchbacks and SUVs. This clearly doesn’t seem to bother the German automaker as they have presented their full range of models for the E-class including a 2-door coupe, estate, convertible and sedan models.
For Indonesia, the E-class Saloon has been presented in a total of 3 variants that include 2 diesel powered engines and a single petrol drivetrain. The gasoline model, E 200 is powered by a 2.0-litre mill that pulls out nearly 184 hp, allowing the vehicle to flawlessly cruise at speeds upto 200 kmph. The fuel consumption for the gasoline mill has also been optimized via the Eco start/stop system that allows you to squeeze 10-12 kmpl in city and 16-18 kmpl on highways. The first of the two diesel drivetrains is a 2.0-litre engine that delivers 194 hp and can make a top speed of 240 kmph. It also provides an astonishing fuel economy of 20 kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways. The highest variant is ofcourse the E350 d, which is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine producing 210 hp with a monstrous torque of more than 540 Nm. The petrol engine is available with both 6-speed manual and 9G-TRONIC Automatic Transmission, while both diesel engines are mated to the 9-Speed automatic.
Mercedes-Benz have truly established themselves as one of the best names in the automobile design and the same can be seen with the E-Class Saloon. The vehicle’s premiumness is pretty evident with its chromed up face and the Mercedes insignia is placed atop the hood. The front is dominated by a large chrome grille and brooding headlamps that look serious yet elegant. The sporty-black honeycomb mesh also makes the front intake look pretty manly. From the sides, the vehicle looks extremely luxurious with its coupe like arched roof and robust shoulder lines. The chromed accents on the windowsills also look great and add a subtle touch of freshness to the otherwise traditional design. Wheels are also offered in two choices, one being the AMG 5-twin spoke light-alloys and other bears a multi-spoke design. The rear is also nicely carved and wide exhausts on either sides have been marvellously moulded in the rear bumper. Wrap around taillights also look great and in tandem with the curves on the trunk hatch.
The enlarged exterior design has also resulted in some really spacious interiors and has more than enough room for the occupants. Bucket seats for the front passengers along with the highly futuristic looking dashboard, creates an instant feel of luxury. The rear seats too look extremely comfortable and spacious enough for 3 passengers to sit in total comfort. If you haven’t been blown away by the elegant yet conventional exteriors, then the interiors with surely change your mind. The dashboard design seems to have been directly borrowed from a spaceship, with a huge center console that demands immediate attention. Right next to the steering wheel is placed a 12.3-inch touch screen display that can be used for a variety of functions including entertainment and driver assist. The placement of the A/C vents has also been brilliantly achieved by the designers and make the vehicle’s cockpit look like you’re about to launch in the next dimension.
Safety is never out of question when talking about Mercedes vehicles. The E-Class Saloon is loaded with features that are literally too many to be listed in this review. 360 degree camera, adaptive braking, hill-assist, cruise control, skid prevention, electronic stability program, anti-lock braking system, airbags, child-restraint system, side-impact protection and blind spot warning etc. are just few of the many safety features on this car. Apart from these, the vehicle’s robust body structure, easy exit system and automatic ventilation etc. are also present in the car to keep the passengers and driver out of harm’s way.
There’s no doubt that Mercedes has yet again created a masterpiece in luxury automobiles with the new E-Class. There might be some who may think of its exteriors as too bland, but things will certainly take a brighter turn as they enter the vehicle and experience this teutonic awesomeness from behind the wheel.