Tun­ing you straight

The Witness - Wheels - - SAFETY - — Brian Bas­sett

For the slow hand

A lifestyle of a dif­fer­ent kind is of­fered by the Mercedes Benz E-class.

This is one car many young men dream of and older men re­gret never be­ing able to af­ford.

If you are one of these it is pos­si­ble that Elvis Naidoo, sales manager at Metro Cars, can solve your prob­lem, as he has a white ex­am­ple of Mercedes’ fa­mous “Mit­tel Klasse”, or mid­dle of the Mercedes range E200, on the lot for less than R250 000.

The car dates from 2010, be­fore Mercedes de­cided to round off all the an­gles on their de­signs, and the so­phis­ti­cated in­ter­play be­tween lines and sur­faces gives the car both dis­tinc­tion and char­ac­ter.

The ex­te­rior is with­out a scratch and looks new.

The leather- and wood­pan­elled in­te­rior shows al­most no wear and the leather-cov­ered, multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel is like new — some­thing I have not seen be­fore in any used car. Even a six-year-old E-class has more elec­tronic toys than most new cars, in­clud­ing cruise con­trol and Blue­tooth func­tions. It is also a full fiveseater, with com­fort­able rear seat­ing space for the long limbed. The boot is mas­sive and use­ful.

The 1796 cc turbo petrol en­gine is eco­nom­i­cal but has a work-rate of 135 kW that smoothly pro­pels this un­der­stated lux­ury sa­loon via an auto box at speed past trucks on the N3.

This is the type of car suit­able for ei­ther a fam­ily, or for the retired per­son who needs to fetch and carry grand­chil­dren in com­fort and safety. This E200 is not just still like new, when it sold for R515 000, but one of the rare lux­ury bar­gains on the Metro show­room floor at half this price.

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The E200 is like new.

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