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New Mercedes E-Class - 2013

By raccars Published

This month sees the release of the latest in a long line of Mercedes' luxury saloon the E-Class – and this time the revisions have been dramatic. The E-Class has earned itself a reputation for rather staid reliability: it delivers but lacks passion. However the Mercedes-Benz development boffins have taken this into account and 2013's new E-Class is slinkier, more efficient and more polished.

The first thing Mercedes E-Class fans will notice is the back to basics trim range. The E-Class now comes in standard SE trim with 17 inch alloys, part LED headlamps, DAB radio, an ActivePark package, including Parktronic and Collision Prevention Assist, adaptive damping, leather upholstery and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, with internet connectivity. The only other trim option is the plush AMG Sport, with bigger 19 inch alloy wheels, better brakes, AMG styling elements in and outside, dynamic handling controls, intelligent lighting and a better stereo system. There is also a vast list of optional extras to choose from and a range topping special, in the form of the awesome E63 AMG.

The revisions are also apparent in the exterior design of the new E-Class. The previous model's two unit headlights look terribly old-fashioned next to the single, curving lens cover, while both back and front bumpers and the front grille have been given a more modern look. The interior has benefited from a quality upgrade too, with more sophisticated materials and electrically adjustable seats as standard.

Less obvious but equally important, are the upgrades to the E-Class's on road behaviour. There are various options available from new, such as air suspension, which, along with a well edited range of engines focusing on four cylinder units, all add up to a smooth and effortless ride. Whichever version you go for, you'll find excellent fuel economy figures haven't impeded upon willing acceleration.

This is fortunate, as buyers will be paying for the revisions – the new E-Class is significantly more expensive than the outgoing car, with prices starting at about £33,000. To be fair, buyers are getting quite a lot more for their money and the E-Class boasts admirably low running costs, but the new price point does make the E-Class more expensive than its obvious rivals, the BMW 5 Series or Audi A6.

The saloon and estate versions of the new E-Class are available now, with coupe and cabriolet variants set to join them by the end of the month.

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