Mercedes-Benz E-class E200 review
- Published On: 24 July 2017
- 3 min read
At its current price, the E 200 is the most affordable petrol E-class. At Rs 54.42 lakh, (ex-showroom, Delhi) this car is marginally cheaper than the E 220d (Rs 55.56 lakh).
Only the badging on the outside will help you tell the E 200 apart from an E 220d. It comes with five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, and the E 200 uses coil springs rather than the E 350d’s air suspension. Powering the E 200 is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine which has a power output of 184hp at 5,500rpm and 300Nm at 1,200-4,000rpm. Here, the engine comes mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox in place of the older car’s seven-speed unit.
The cabin remains largely unchanged, spare for the colour theme, which should be far easier to keep clean than the lighter cream scheme. The cabin feels properly luxurious with high-quality materials – there’s acres of legroom in the back and the seat reclines at the touch of a button. There are power operated blinds for the rear windows and the Car comes with soft pillows for the rear headrests as well.
What you also get are dual sunroofs, programmable ambient lighting, auto parking, paddle shifters and steering-mounted touch pads to operate the infotainment system. There’s no memory function for the front seats, and even the 360-degree camera and Burmester sound system that are standard fit on the E 350d aren’t available on this car.
At idle, you might mistake it for a diesel - it sounds gruff and borderline clattery. However, when you’re sat in the cabin, noise levels at idle are admirably low and on the go, it’s quiet and hushed. The levels of refinement of the petrol version are sure to be of interest to the E’s target clientele.
The car can hit 100kph from standstill in 8.62sec (the E 220d takes 8.81sec). The engine responds well to small taps on the throttle and feels peppy to drive around. Changing gears using the paddle shifters is quick and the system is quite accommodating with downshifts. The E’s suspension handles bumps and potholes really well. The well-weighted steering feels great to hold. The three-metre-long wheelbase means you’ve got to be careful over the largest of speed breakers but more often than not, this car does a great job.
The E 200 is quiet, relaxing and luxurious. If you are primarily going to use the backseat and like being driven around, the E 200 is a great buy. The sense of space and rear seat comfort are massive bonuses and the petrol engine backs up these attributes with its impressive refinement