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Mid-life refresh for Mercedes Benz E-Class

New Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ now on sale

Mercedes-Benz has treated its E-Class range of saloons and estates to a mid-life refresh for 2020, with UK deliveries of the new model underway in the autumn. Prices for the saloon start from £39,130 with the estate available from £41,460.

Buyers have the choice of four trim levels, starting with Sport which comes equipped with the Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system, a reversing camera, LED headlights and leather trim.  For an additional £2500 AMG Line trim brings the likes of 18-inch alloy wheels and the Thermotronic climate-control system, while plumping for AMG Line Premium adds 19-inch alloys, Keyless-Go and a 360-degree camera system. Cars in top-spec AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus feature 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, a panoramic roof and Burmester surround sound system; this costs an additional £2500 over an AMG Line Premium model.

The revised models are offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, the former starting with the E200. This is powered by a 2.0 four-cylinder unit producing 194bhp and claiming 38.7mpg economy and 165g/km CO2 emissions. The E450 4MATIC is fitted with a 3.0-litre straight-six developing 362bhp and 500Nm of torque, and both engines feature the EQ Boost 48-volt electrical system.

Greater efficiency is offered by a pair of diesel models, the E220d claiming 47.1-53.5mpg from its 191bhp, 2.0-litre engine. Step up to the E400d 4MATIC and you’ll get a beefier 325bhp and 700Nm of torque from the 3.0-litre straight-six, while claimed economy drops to 39.2-42.2mpg. All of the petrol and diesel engines are linked to the familiar 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, those after maximum frugality are catered for by a pair of plug-in hybrids. Prices start from £46,230 for the E300e which pairs a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 13.5kWh battery.  With an electric-only range of 33-35 miles, Mercedes claims 176.6mpg economy and just 37g/km CO2 emissions. Fitted with a 191bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine, the E300de claims to achieve 235.4mpg while electric range drops slightly to 32-34 miles. Both models can be recharged in 1.8 hours from a 7.4kW wall box.

Naturally, Mercedes hasn’t forgotten fans of the fast saloon and estate with the hotter end of the range kicking off with the E53 4MATIC. This gets a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine producing 429bhp and is good for 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. At the top of the revised range sits the E63S 4MATIC which is powered by a 4.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit producing 604bhp and 850Nm of torque. Dispatching the 0-62mph sprint in a blistering 3.4 seconds, it comes in Night Edition Premium Plus trim as standard and is priced from £98,370 for the saloon and from £100,370 in estate form.

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