beast on steroids—below.) Both motors are frugal too. What helps is features such 7G-Tronic Plus transmission that provides some advantages in terms of efficiency, more aerodynamic form of the car (Cd value of 0.26-0.28) and the Eco start/stop function (every time you press the brake pedal and the car comes to a stop, the engine shuts down, and it starts again as soon as you release the brake). The result: a claimed fuel-efficiency of 13.8 kmpl for the petrol motor and 17 kmpl for the diesel one. And a massive 80 litre fuel tank means you get a long range (over 1,000 km for petrol and over 1,200 km for diesel).
At R41.5 lakh (E 200 CGI) and R44.48 lakh (E 250 CDI), the car has been sensibly priced too. Mercedes has a lot riding on the new, youthful E-Class. And it is also time for Audi and BMW to keep a close watch on their Stuttgart-based competitor.