Hybridization, ever richer on-board techno and comfort always at the top for the Mercedes E-Class restyled in summer 2020. For our test, we selected the thundering 6-cylinder Diesel from the E 400d, the most powerful in the range. It remains one of the most suitable engines for a grand tourer of this stature. Contrary to the prevailing discourse …
The operation is always more or less the same, when it comes for a manufacturer to update a pillar of its range. Especially for models as conservative as the E-Class or its eternal rivals BMW 5 Series and Audi A6: above all, do not confuse anyone … and make sure that the restyling is as discreet as possible! While passing the facelift for a clever modernization, and thus be able to affix the label of novelty. A mid-career restyling is therefore not a trivial maneuver.
The large Mercedes sedan (here tested as a station wagon, in this case) has therefore followed this principle: to have a facelift without appearing to be. Four years after its launch, the design is still up to date. Classic as possible, almost nothing has changed except the front which evokes the new S-Class. A little more dynamic, especially for our AMG Line version which receives a grille (inverted trapezoidal style, like the Class A and CLS) and specific shields. With the double embossed bonnet and the rims of good diameter, guaranteed effect … it almost looks like a real E-Class AMG! For the rest, it will be necessary to have a trained eye to detect the alterations of the back. The interior design of the lights is revised, and that’s about it.
Little more change in the interior. Always the same dashboard crossed by the huge double screen that has become a Mercedes trademark, the same neat and neat layout. The only evolution, the design of the new steering wheel does not lack cachet. A little retro, with a small hub and two double branches. More pleasant to look at than to use, on the other hand: the controls are entirely tactile, numerous, too sensitive and often require taking your eyes off the road … or fumbling around to find the desired function or display. This also applies to themedia interface, still as complex to understand.
The outline of the optics is inspired by the new S-Class, but the silhouette remains the same. Sedan or station wagon, the E remains an ultra-classic road.
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The novelties, in fact, focus on on-board technology. The E-Class benefits from the latest version of the famous MBUX system, with one of the most successful voice commands to date. The “Hey Mercedes” always has its effect … just like the augmented reality display of the GPS (with an option, 500 €).
Another way to impress the passengers (always royally received at the back), the dense departure traffic is an opportunity to take advantage of the semi-autonomous driving mode, revised and in principle more pointed. It manages (almost) alone to slow down when approaching a traffic jam, and manages stops and restarts. By always keeping one hand on the wheel, on pain of a call to order, as always. Nothing revolutionary in itself: the system combines “simply” radars, distance control and lane keeping, like most devices of this type. The result is successful but the benefit provided remains subjective (and invoiced € 1,750). Especially since driving yourself, including in erratic Parisian traffic (even in times of confinement!), Is not at all an ordeal.
The steering wheel is the only visible innovation in the interior. Always the same atmosphere: XXL screens, millimeter finish and first choice materials.
Whether it is a simple “mild hybrid” system or a more complex PHEV with large batteries, almost all the engines of the E-Class today are hybrids, to varying degrees. We thus find two plug-in, with the 300 e and 300 of, respectively petrol and Diesel of 320 and 306 hp. Not new, these versions already existed before the restyling but still offer up-to-date services. The original PHEV Diesel 300de that we tested last year is actually one of the most convincing engines in the range, if use lends itself to it (and finances follow). More transparent to use, micro-hybridization concerns all petrol engines, from the 4-cylinder of the E 200 and E 300, to the excellent in-line 6 of the E 450. Even the E 53 AMG with 435 hp offers itself the services of an alternator-starter, adding if necessary an additional 22 hp.
No offense to anti-Diesel, this fuel logically remains the majority in this niche, at least in Europe. It’s mathematical: more favorable to consumption in road use, therefore more advantageous in the face of CO2 constraints … quite simply, more pragmatic for a long-haul traveler like the E-Class. Most of the sales in France should also concern the 4 cylinders of the E 220d, strong 194 hp and remarkably sober, but functioning a little too commoner for the standing of the car.
Almost a sports diesel: 0 to 100 km / h in 5.1 s to move more than 2 tonnes. Impressive, especially as his appetite remains limited. Who Said Diesel Is Dead?
The fuel oil elite
Even if it means signing a very large check, you might as well have an eye on the insane 6 online of our E 400d test. Already known, and although deflated by 10 hp thanks to restyling, this astonishing 3-liter Diesel still delivers 330 hp and demonstrates amazing performance. Literally, a sports fuel oil. Coupled as possible (700 Nm from 1,200 rpm), almost musical (except at low speed, windows open), it gives revivals and accelerations to bury any GTI. The more than 2 tons are shipped from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.1 s, in an uninterrupted push. Tireless liner way!
The most beautiful ? Its consumption, confined to approximately 7.5 l / 100 km measured on a mixed route (mostly fast lane, however) without depriving himself of his largesse. Stabilized at 2,000 laps in 9th, necessarily, the gauge does not move and we are already crossing at good speed. With the 6-cylinder of the BMW M550d and the V6 of the Audi S6 now converted to fuel oil (aberration of CO2 hunting), this engine is one of the best modern Diesel.
An ultra-efficient flying carpet, all-wheel drive and air suspension to support it. Despite the 20 inch rims …
The 9 reports go smoothly, smoothly. Certainly the engine most suited to the road vocation of the E-Class. We also remember the general comfort, high level: remarkable insulation at all levels, acoustic and vibratory, and the sovereign behavior, hardly dynamic but very sure, and muffled at will. At least with the air suspension (2,300 euros), even in sport mode: little movement of the body, without compromising the remarkable filtration. Except, by being demanding (it is allowed, at this price), on bad surface at low speed. The huge 20-inch rims in our version look good, but are not the most suitable for those looking for a smooth flying carpet.
The offer is now structured around two finishes (Avantgarde and AMG Line), richly equipped … with escalating prices. But the era of stingy Mercedes access models in staffing is over: we immediately have the reversing camera with front / rear radars, adaptive cruise control, panel recognition, and media interface. Equipment almost generalized at this level of the range, finally.
Obviously, a chasm separates a simple entry-level E 220d (€ 56,600) from our E 400d wrapped in all possible refinements, displayed for a minimum of € 80,250! With options, our version was close to 100,000 €.
640 l minimum, and up to 1,820 l bench seat folded down: in station wagons, the E-Class still serves as a luxury mover.
Technical characteristics Mercedes Classe E 400d Break (2020)
|Model tested: Mercedes Classe E 400d Break AMG Line|
|Dimensions L x W x H||4.95 / 1.85 / 1.46 m|
|Min / max trunk volume||640 / 1,820 l|
|Unloaded weight||2.015 kg|
|Engine displacement||6 cylinders in line Diesel, turbo – 2.925 cm3|
|Engine power||330 hp at 3,600 rpm|
|Couple||700 Nm at 1,200 rpm|
|0 to 100 km / h||5.1 s|
|Max speed||250 km / h|
|Consumption announced||6.6 l / 100 km (mixed route, 7.5 l measured)|
|CO2 rate||174 g / km|
|Malus 2020||€ 2.918|
|Prices||from € 56,600 (E 220d) – model tested: from € 80,250|