Review - Mercedes-Benz E200
March 30, 2021
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E200 sets the benchmark for elegance, intelligence and safety in a sleek package.
Mercedes has always stood for luxury, and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E200 doesn’t disappoint. This model is lighter, smarter and more powerful than before.
Why isn’t every car like this?
The most striking thing about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E200’s interior is its simplicity and sophistication. The digital dashboard (which comes with impressive graphics) is as intuitive as an iPad, and has a ‘wow’ factor that will make you the envy of your friends. With controls located in the centre console and on the steering wheel, the E200’s lifestyle features are easy to access and provide an overall feeling of control.
And that’s just the beginning. The E200’s bucket seats are soft enough to sink into while still retaining the feel of a sleek sports car, and they are particularly comfy on those long weekend drives. Even your tallest friends will be relaxed in the back thanks to plenty of space, their own climate vents and armrests that flip down on demand.
The fine leather and veneer trimmings add to its luxurious feel, although plastic cup holders and hand controllers feel lacklustre in comparison. Many features are also standard, including electric front seats, sat-nav, cooled glove box and an in-built hard drive.
The E200 is also ready to connect to the internet when paired with your phone. But if you're craving more, choose from a smorgasbord of optional extras including digital TV tuning, a high-end stereo and even more sumptuous leather.
A car that almost drives you
Quiet. Smooth. Intelligent. That’s the E200’s driving capabilities in a nutshell.
The base E200 model can turn into a lean, mean sports machine with the AMG Line option pack (worth $6300). Once you close the doors and start driving, all the commotion outside disappears along with any bumps in the road. For faultless steering, simply toggle the drive mode to sport plus.
While the bumps may take their toll on your back now, the steering wheel can almost read your mind, gliding in and out of turns at the touch of a finger.
Regardless of the driving mode, this versatile car can handle anything urban living throws its way. If you need some extra power to get up steep hills, the nine-speed automatic transmission has something for every occasion, while paddle shifters let you select the right gear for the task.
Even though it drives like a dream, it’s the automated functions that make this such a clever car. It will think for you with adaptive cruise control, 360-degree cameras, fully automated parking, and it can detect pedestrians and brake automatically. With a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the E200 is a car you can trust to take you on most roads in comfort and timeless style.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E200 delivers pure driving enjoyment with the latest in innovative lifestyle features, and it’s the perfect car for the modern go-getting woman. Prices start from $89,900.
5 specs you need to know
- Engine: 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder.
- Transmission and drive: Nine-speed auto and rear-wheel drive.
- ANCAP safety rating: Five stars.
- Official fuel economy: 6.4L/100km.
- Time from 0-100km/h as tested: 7.7 seconds.
- Smart safety features.
- Quiet and refined driving.
- Light, nimble handling.
- Impressive standard features.
- Steep entry price.
- Some cheap interior bits.
- Engine requires some revs.