Dec 08, 2013
Reviewed By Jeremy Da Rosa
Price as Tested $51,400: 2.1-L 196-hp twin-turbo I4 BlueTEC diesel (269 ft-lbs torque), 7-sp auto
Likes

The 39 mpg (highway) and nearly limitless (and silent) power aren’t to be overlooked. Most amazing, however, is the Driver Assistance Package, a system of 2D and 3D cameras that read lane markers and traffic to provide a plethora of lengthy-to-explain safety features — including a see-it-to-believe-it automated steering assist that guides the car through 60-mph freeway curves and traffic with no hands on the wheel.

Dislikes

Interior has the luxurious appointments expected from Mercedes-Benz, but the high-brow analog clock seemed more forcefully opulent than convenient. Otherwise, I’m not one for larger cars, but this one made efficient use of its size.

Verdict

This was a comfortable luxury-mobile. While the novelty of the Driver Assistance and safety packages were distracting at first, the car became quite easy to drive and mostly intuitive once I familiarized myself with it. The fairly light steering and smooth, boundless diesel power actually made it feel nimble. My co-pilot was well over six feet tall and voiced no issues with the interior space. I’m not sure I’d fork over the extra $2,500 for the 4Matic drive, but the economy of the diesel engine in this caliber of vehicle is a match made in Himmel.

Fun to Drive
4.5 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.5 rating
Stats
Horsepower 196 hp
Torque 269 ft-lbs
EPA Mileage 28/45

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