MERCEDES-BENZ E 350 CDI
The E-Class finally gets the V6 diesel motor
This E350 CDi CosTs ` 10 lakh more than the fourcylinder E250 CdI and here’s why you should buy one. this six-cylinder diesel E350 CdI is all about finesse and wallop. That wallop comes in the form of a revised 3.0-litre V6 diesel that now makes 248bhp and a very healthy 620Nm of torque, numbers that make this E-Class quite the mover. What we like about it, and what we’ve always liked about this diesel is the way it makes its power – no spikes, no sudden rushes – it just builds speed strongly. The smooth wave of torque it unleashes under acceleration, the supremely effortless pace it maintains and the nonchalant way it gets to big speeds is what makes it feel special. What’s even better is that it does all this quietly and smoothly – under hard acceleration, it feels like an expert masseuse is gently but firmly pushing the small of your back. The only fly in the ointment is one that’s always buzzed around the 7-speed automatic. The smooth gearbox simply doesn’t like being rushed and is reluctant to downshift when asked for in a hurry – it’s the one thing that can annoy you when you attack corners.
That aside, the engine’s refinement only adds to the hushed cabin. The suspension works silently, road noise is seriously suppressed and the E350 CDI gives you the impression that you’re gliding, arm’s length away, from the sweating masses outside.
the ride itself is fantastic, the E350 CdI managing both excellent low-speed bump absorption and high speed stability and the handling is enjoyable if you don’t ask too much of it. From the helm, it doesn’t feel as