Test drive of Mercedes E180 on Cairo-Alexan­dria desert road

THE CAR FEATURES COM­FORT­ABLE, SUP­PORT­IVE, AND HIGHLY AD­JUSTABLE AND VER­SA­TILE FRONT SEATS

The Daily News Egypt - - Business | Automotive - By Ahmed Da­woud

Daily News Egypt took the Mercedes E180 for a test drive and re­viewed its per­for­mance over five days on the Cairo-Alexan­dria desert road as well as in an ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment.

Un­der the hood lies the power of the E180: a 1,600cc en­gine sport­ing 156hp.The car is equipped with 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and cruise con­trol.It accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 8.9 sec­onds and can reach a top speed of 228km/h.

The car’s fuel tank has a ca­pac­ity of 66 litres, with an es­ti­mated con­sump­tion rate of about 5.9-6.5 litres per 100km.

With a di­rect in­jec­tion en­gine and tur­bocharge, the driver of E180 can feel con­fi­dent and pow­er­ful.

The in­te­rior cabin of the E180 pro­vides com­fort to its pas­sen­gers with the leather seats of­fer­ing elec­tric mas­sage for the driver and front pas­sen­ger, along with the many ser­vice-con­trol­ling but­tons that al­low the driver to con­trol all its func­tions.

The front seats are equipped with sen­sors that main­tain bal­ance of the pas­sen­gers when the car is turn­ing. All the pas­sen­gers in the E180 can also con­trol the air flow com­ing from the air-con­di­tion. The dash­board is el­e­gant, with a 12.3inch dig­i­tal screen and three dig­i­tal me­tres with dif­fer­ent shapes.It has sev­eral charger plug sock­ets, USB plugs, and Blue­tooth, which pas­sen­gers can use with­out dis­turb­ing the driver. It also features small mi­cro­phones in the in­ter­nal roof, which en­able pas­sen­gers con­duct phone calls clearly.

The E180 proved its ef­fi­ciency on the road, es­pe­cially across the twist­ing curves of the road. En­gine noise was barely heard.

The car is equipped with airbags for the driver and front pas­sen­ger, in ad­di­tion to ABS and EBD brakes. It also features stan­dard run-flat tyres.

It has a clever sys­tem to make park­ing eas­ier, es­pe­cially in tight spa­ces and crowded streets, in ad­di­tion to an au­dio alert sys­tem. The model comes with a CD player,AUX and USB sock­ets,Blue­tooth,and front and back elec­tric win­dows with one-touch con­trol. It al­lows re­mote con­trol open­ing and clos­ing of doors, as well as height ad­just­ment of the driver’s seat. It also in­cludes elec­tronic front and rear head­rests, in ad­di­tion to an elec­tric­ity out­let, light­ing in­side the boot, and light-sen­si­tive front head­lights.

The car also has a panoramic sun­roof and a large trunk, with a ca­pac­ity of 540 litres,while the to­tal car weight is 1,575 kg.

The over­all im­pres­sion of the E180 is more than pos­i­tive, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing its sev­eral driv­ing sys­tems and safety mea­sures.

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