- 7.5 0-60
Under normal circumstances, the Mercedes E-Class is as conservative as a chartered accountancy convention or the Victoria sponge contest at a village fete. Chuck in a mid-sized diesel engine and it might as well come with a Bowler hat as standard too. Or should it? Today's E-Class remains a car of undeniable quality and the bluest of blood but in E250 CDI form, your bank manager's wheels might have more going on beneath the surface. As well as the usual saloon bodystyle, there's a coupe version these days. This 3-door was introduced to replace the long serving CLK but could the fact that it's now aligned by name with the E-Class suggest the slight repositioning of a Mercedes-Benz stalwart, a move in more dynamic directions? Mercedes doesn't have too much room for manoeuvre in this regard as its core customer base values the comfort and quality that the E-Class has come to represent. Alienating these buyers with the kind of sports-focus typified by BMW might amount to commercial suicide. The E250 CDI, then, looks a little like a car on a tightrope. How well does it retain its balance?