on the dashboard, which is a first in the luxury sedan segment in India, and which gives the new E-Class a classy ambiance. Then you have memory seats with lumbar support that raise the comfort level inside the car. The Mercedes COMAND online multimedia system comes with a 17.8-cm colour display, internet connectivity, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and hard-disc navigation.
The new E-Class boasts of the largest sunroof in the segment, which now extends over the rear seating bay, although only the front section can be opened. The car also comes with “active parking assist” system. Equipped with reversing cameras, the system helps the driver by providing information about the most suitable parking space. And for Indian conditions, Mercedes has given the new E-Class a full-sized spare wheel, but this doesn’t eat into the boot space, which is massive—540 litres.
A change we would have loved is a single control for parking brake. But this is not the case. You engage the parking brake by pressing a pedal just above the left foot-rest, but to release the brake you have to pull a lever located near the ignition key-slot. A single control, as is there in the B-Class, would have been welcome.
The E-Class comes with eight airbags—adaptive dual-stage airbags for the driver and front passenger, side-impact airbags for driver and front passenger, and window airbags. Then you have standard features such as anti-skid resistance, electronic stability with brake assist, crash responsive head restraints for front seats, attention assist to warn drivers about inattentiveness and drowsiness, belt tensioner, and more.
Under the hood of the new car you have two options—a 2143cc diesel engine that generates a torque of 500Nm@1600-1800rpm and a maximum power of 204bhp@4200rpm, and a 1991cc petrol engine (300Nm@1200-1400rpm) and (184bhp@5500rpm). While the diesel car (E 250 CDI) goes from 0 to 100 kmph in a fast 7.5 seconds before touching a top speed of 242 kmph, the petrol one (E 200 CGI) goes from 0-100 in 7.9 seconds and hits 233 kmph. (If you still want more performance, check out the drive impression of the new Merc E63 AMG—Taming a