Mercedes E-Class w212 2013 Review

Article about Mercedes E-Class w212 2013 Review

The W212 is the 4th generation E-Class that had its worldwide debut in Europe in '09. You'll get V6 petrol and diesel engines, as well as the workhorse 4-cylinder diesel. The handsome facelift was launched in 2013. These cars are available in the market from prices as low as 9 lakhs for the earlier models and around 15 - 17 lakhs for top-class newer ones.

The E-Class is Mercedes' bread & butter sedan. It has been the car of choice for old-moneyed business folk, while BMW & Audi are perceived as being more fresh and young at heart. The E-Class doesn't shout 'fun to drive' or 'on the edge', but the 2013 facelift was designed to appeal to a younger, more diverse customer base. One thing for sure - this W212 E-Class has a timeless appeal, and can still turn heads.

• Jack of all trades, master of some. All-rounded nature
• Top-notch build & quality, inside out
• Best-in-class rear seat comfort. Waaaaay superior to the 5-Series
• Superb V6 engines, especially the E350 diesel
• Balanced ride quality + handling. Outstanding brakes
• 5-star safety & technology
• Beautifully engineered. The small touches will make you smile
• Maintained as per Merc guidelines and you'll easily see 200,000+ km (just ask European taxi owners)
• Lots of value-for-money. You can get an immaculate piece for 12 - 16 lakhs
• Has aged well. Looks handsome, even today

• Not as much fun to drive as the same-price BMWs
• Major repairs can be eye-wateringly expensive
• Some problem areas are there (including the air-con)
• Forget the authorised dealer; you'll need a very competent independent garage
• Be prepared to spend some time & effort in its upkeep
• Steering at high speeds is lighter than we prefer
• V6 engines deliver just 6 - 7 kmpl in the city
• Not as well-equipped as its rivals

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