April 08, 2016
The mid-size Mercedes sedan has gone by a few names since it was introduced in the early 1950s. The one constant in all these years has been a steady evolution of the model. The 2017 version — effectively the 10th generation of the E-Class — has evolved nicely. This generation looks softer, smoother, more aerodynamic. The front end is very similar, but from the rear-three-quarter it’s got a futuristic, forward-looking style the old one never did. Mercedes’ design department is getting more adventurous.Inside, you get as much space as one could ever really want for four passengers, with more soft leather than anyone really needs. The massive widescreen display across the dashboard is is a must-have. Each piece of information on it can be customized, right down to its appearance. You see only the info you want, when you want. Technology is really where the new E-Class shines. It’s got most of the tech from the top-line S-Class, including collision warning, emergency braking, radar adaptive cruise, lane keeping, forward-looking stereo cameras, all kinds of radar and much more. You don’t need to understand all the tech packed into this car; you just need to know what it can do. On the highway, the E-Class can nearly drive itself. Once you engage Drive Pilot, the car does most of the work, but you still need to keep your hands on the wheel. It accelerates and brakes, and steers around gentle highway corners staying perfectly centered in the lane.The new E 300 will have four cylinders instead of six under the hood. But with the help of a turbocharger, the new four is certainly up to the job. It makes 241 horsepower, which the new nine-speed transmission puts to good use. The E 400 is powered by the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6. Making 329 horsepower, it offers a good balance of power and fuel efficiency (although official figures for Canada have yet to be released). The zero-to-100 km/h dash takes 5.3 seconds.