posted 6 years ago

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sells Big

Fancy owning a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon?

Fancy owning a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon? Yes? Please join the queue then because so does everyone else. In fact, 3,543 of these executive status symbols found homes in the first quarter of 2012 in the United Kingdom. That is a staggering rise of 8.1% compared to the previous year. Many of its siblings performed too. There were 2,571 C-Class Coupé registrations, and 1,597 new SLKs were sold. In total the manufacturer registered 25,348 cars earning them 4.5% market share. That is a record for the company.

Anyway, back to the big selling E-Class saloon. One of my favourite models is the 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SE – which is an extremely versatile mile-muncher. But why? It is efficient, for starters, so in seven-speed automatic guise it averages an impressive 57.6mpg. This rises to 67.3mpg on the extra-urban cycle, and only falls to 45.6mpg in town. As such, this large heavy saloon burns less fuel than some superminis. This frugality means carbon emissions are low, so this E-Class can be taxed annually for £100.

Despite its cost-cutting this sleek saloon is properly quick. It rockets to 62mph in 7.5 seconds, in fact, and is capable of 150mph. No surprise though, the 2.143-litre engine produces 204PS which is propelled to the rear wheels. This process feels virtually effortless thanks to the superb handling and masterful ride. Even when accelerating hard this mighty machine is smoother than James Bond's best chat-up line. There is no sense of drama, the view over the bonnet simply evolves quickly. The 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SE automatic has plenty of equipment too, and costs from £33,235. See you in the queue.