The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige -

PRICE New base petrol and diesel en­gines have changed the line-up, so it’s not pos­si­ble to com­pare like with like. The en­try diesel is now $96,000; the old one cost $100,855. All ver­sions of the new model use a nine-speed auto against the pre­vi­ous seven-speeder. The petrol E300 costs $110,900 against $98,855 for the su­per­seded E250. The E400 uses an up­date of the last en­gine, adds a head-up dis­play, but goes from $131,615 to $145,900. TECH Ac­tive driv­ing aids are the ob­vi­ous ad­di­tion and in­clude ac­tive lane and blind-spot as­sist, adap­tive cruise con­trol, semi-au­to­mated park­ing and au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing. An­droid/Ap­ple mir­ror­ing is stan­dard. PER­FOR­MANCE Re­spectable 0-100km/h straight-line per­for­mance at 6.4 sec­onds for the E300 and an ap­pre­cia­bly quicker 5.3 sec for the E400 4Matic. DRIV­ING This is grand-tour­ing at its most cur­va­ceous. Size means the E coupe isn’t as lithe in tight turns as a C-Class two-door but it atones for that with prodi­gious cor­ner­ing prow­ess when ra­dius is wider. DE­SIGN The out­side is dom­i­nated by the di­a­mond-stud­ded grille and more an­gu­lar rake to the roof. In­side, the pair of 12.3-inch dis­plays — one for in­fo­tain­ment; one ded­i­cated to the driver — and the “tur­bine-style” cir­cu­lar vents com­mand at­ten­tion. There’s also an ex­tra 74mm of rear legroom and, even with that roofline, 15mm of ex­tra head­room.

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