The combination of the E-Class is not for rockstars
The combination version of the new Mercedes E-Class is not a car for rebels. But it is the ideal car to slip with it through the night. First of all because it dominates a cabinet.
I’m chatting here, and I hope my neighbor Erik forgives me this. Erik is better known by his artist Eric Fish, and he’s a singer by profession, rockstar could be said. Many know Eric Fish as the frontman of the band Subway to Sally, as well as the solo project Eric Fish & Friends.
Why am I telling this? Because Erik is like me quite a lot with the car, but – contrary to me – swears on big American vans. I myself am more of the combi-type, besides, I am on as new cars as possible.
To the 25th anniversary of the band I accompany Subway to Sally for one year with the camera, to make a picture book, and that is why Erik and I sit together in the car.
So I remember a concert in Dresden, after which we went home together. For the almost 200 kilometers to Berlin was not my private combination available, but the Mercedes E 220 CDI. This is pretty much the best car I can imagine.
In Erik’s eyes it is the rolling antichrist. If he had not been so exhausted after the concert, he would surely have made more disparaging remarks about the electronic overkill and the tight road situation.
On the other hand, he wanted to get home quickly, as I had done, and we had to thank the modern technology for that. The Mercedes was equipped with the Multibeam LED light – for an extra charge of 2320 euros. This means: High beam on, the rest of the board computer.
Whenever a car enters the light cone, whether in its own direction or further to the left in the traffic, it is recognized by the camera of the car, and the LED cells which would otherwise dazzle the other driver are switched off.
In practice, this means that we could relax at 180 km / h over the nocturnal highway, without having the feeling to be on the fly. And when I had to overtake somebody, I could rely on the fact that the Mercedes with me together looks backwards when setting the turn signal.
The E-Class looks past radar sensors at the stern
Because the 2261 Euro expensive driver’s kit was fitted with distance control and other goodies, I was able to even completely answer the car’s change of lane: keep the turn signal for more than two seconds, and there is a piece of equipment from the area of automated driving.
The E-Class looks past radar sensors at the rear of the rear, and if no one can reach them within three seconds, she pulls on the left-hand lane, without turning the steering wheel. In addition, the radar can also recognize better than the man whether the approaching car is on the left lane with 150 or 250 km / h on the road.
I do not have to list Erik’s private Ford Windstar from the late nineties because he has no multi-beam headlights and no radar technology, which would be too cheap. But progress, which I value so much, breaks down on many levels.
Perhaps I may point out that the Mercedes had not consumed eight liters of diesel per 100 kilometers on our night drive. On the average of my everyday test it was even only 6.3 liters – I find it not bad for a well five-meter-long car with 1780 kilograms and 194 hp.
And as long as you do not get the 350 CDI in direct comparison adjusted, one misses neither something in terms of acceleration (7.7 seconds), or at the top speed (235 km / h) or the power transmission – the new Neungang automatic developed at Mercedes itself Turns so gentle and effective, because I remember a little, which would be better.
Alone: the engine has only four cylinders, and then Erik’s patience would be exhausted. He does not have a V8 under the hood of his Vans, but the gentle barrel of his six-cylinder would never interfere with the groaning Daimler diesel – which could actually be a bit quieter. On the other hand Erik answers the question of the consumption of his car like most other owners of American models: rather unwillingly.
A negative point is the E-Class – the high price
A few days later, however, a joint ride took place in Eriks Ford Windstar. This is a comfort, and the space around us, it is not gigantic, I must see. To be honest, the van has the higher roof and is a few inches wider than the E-Class, as well as sitting slightly higher than in a normal car, which creates a pleasant impression of space.
But the van does not feel so much more generous to me. On the armrests next to the driver’s seat, which Erik absolutely needs, I can do without (I even flap them away when they are), and what Erik praises as driving comfort, I call soft suspension.
On the other hand I have a lot of understanding for the longing for gentleness, especially on long stretches, so I own a Citroën with hydropneumatics. On well-developed highways, its straight-ahead driving comfort is unmatched, in some places the car feels like a flying carpet, and its comfort is not even surpassed by that of an E-Class.
But I have to be realistic: from springs and dampers alone, such a chassis does not live, and the driving feeling that the E-Class’s T-Class puts on the road is much more saturated and controlled than that of my own car. Especially in curves, the Mercedes is very confident, you never feel that something could go wrong.
If you consider the excellent equipment of the cockpit, the beautiful design and the huge loader space (640 to 1820 liters), one could ask why I do not switch to the E 220 CDI T-model. Probably because it costs at least 50.486 euros.