New Mercedes E 400 d Property 2018 evaluate
Its huge array of engine choices additionally means there’s one thing for everybody, from environment friendly plug-in hybrids to high-power AMG variations. This newest E 400 d holds the center floor between the 2, serving up respectable gasoline economic system and punchy efficiency – on paper a minimum of.
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Beneath the bonnet sits a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel that develops 336bhp and a whopping 700Nm of torque. It’s linked to Mercedes’ tried-and-tested nine-speed automated gearbox and 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system as normal. The corporate says it can handle greater than 46mpg and canopy the 0-62mph dash in a sizzling hatch-troubling 5.1 seconds.
The engine is near-silent at idle and is so effectively remoted from the cabin on the transfer it’s barely audible. The gearbox performs a giant function on this, shifting its approach up by means of the ratios on the earliest attainable alternative to maintain the whole lot as calm and serene as attainable.
Squeeze the throttle and the engine pulls laborious from as little as 1,200rpm – the massive property will fortunately plod alongside at 30mph in sixth gear and speed up all the best way as much as motorway speeds with minimal fuss. You don’t want to increase it past 3,000rpm due to the easy supply. Add within the supple trip high quality and the E 400 d is just one of the crucial enjoyable and refined automobiles wherein to cowl lengthy distances.
And since the engine isn’t strained it’s very simple to get near the claimed gasoline economic system determine – after a number of hundred miles, which included a mixture of city-centre driving and lengthy motorway runs, we managed simply shy of 44mpg. That’s virtually on par with what you’d get from a lesser-powered, four-cylinder E 220 d. Nevertheless, due to the E 400 d’s CO2 emissions of 161g/km, you’ll need to pay out £820 for the automotive’s first 12 months of VED.
Regardless of its racy AMG Line trim (the one spec the E 400 d is out there in) and punchy efficiency, this massive, snug property is a automotive way more suited to pottering round metropolis streets and devouring lengthy motorway miles than it’s on a winding B-road. The usual 4MATIC all-wheel drive means you’re by no means quick on traction or surefootedness at velocity, however you’re all the time conscious of the automotive’s mass throughout cornering, when the smooth suspension permits the physique to lurch over to the facet. Nevertheless, the automotive’s complete easy and serene nature not often encourages you to drive in such a approach.
The E 400 d does come at a value, although – as an property it’ll set you again £56,685 earlier than you add any choices. That’s a whopping £12,000 greater than the already-excellent E 220 d 4MATIC.
As you’d count on at that value, the E 400 d may be very effectively outfitted; a full leather-based inside, panoramic sunroof and LED lights come as normal, as do automated local weather management, a 360-degree reversing digital camera, 12.3-inch digital cockpit, Burmester sound system, Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity and 20-inch alloy wheels.
One optionally available additional that could be value including should you’re doing a lot of motorway miles is Mercedes’ Driving Help Plus package deal. It’s not low-cost, at £1,695, however the semi-autonomous driving perform is likely one of the greatest round, serving to the automotive to keep up a secure distance from the car in entrance and maintaining the automotive completely in lane even by means of high-speed motorway bends.
And since it’s an E-Class Property, the E 400 d comes with best-in-class practicality as normal. The cavernous 640-litre boot is larger than that of another property automotive on this class, whereas dropping the rear bench frees up a complete of 1,820 litres of house.