Introducing The Diesel Driver’s Next Long-Term Car: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Sedan

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While what Mercedes calls Luxury Styling reflects the marque’s traditional look, complete with the classic grille and stand-up star hood ornament, buyers may opt (as we did) for the no additional cost Sport Styling Package.  The Sport Styling Package in addition to sportier and rather good-looking wheels and body panels, also includes a sport suspension.  The grille is different, too: for the first time in this model, the Mercedes-Benz star, makes an appearance within the bold grille, a design element reserved for the Sindelfingen-based automaker’s sportiest models.  The package also includes white gauge faces, which Mercedes says express the car’s “performance-focused character” better.

Standard infotainment features include Bluetooth with Bluetooth streaming, an SD card reader, and a vestigial 6-disc DVD/CD player (I don’t think I’ve played a CD in a car for well over ten years).  It is also equipped with Mercedes’ mbrace2 telematics system, which now supports a variety of built-in apps including web browsing and Internet radio.

For options, we started with the Premium 1 Package ($3,780), which includes navi, a Harman Kardon Logic7 sound system, SiriusXM radio with a six-month trial subscription, SiriusXM traffic info and weather (also with a six-month trial), heated front seats, a power rear jalousie, a rear camera, and an enhanced version of the car’s voice command system.

DRIVING THE 2014 MERCEDES-BENZ E250 BLUETEC

Here are some brief first impressions as we become acquainted with the car.

The 2014 E250 is somewhat longer and heavier, and noticeably slower than our 2011 E350 BlueTec long-term test car.  However, it achieves almost 50% better fuel economy. Its slowness is due to a decrease in horsepower (down 15) and torque (down 31), along with the downgrade from a 3.0-liter V-6 to a 2.1-liter straight four. These are the reasons why it’s possible to get consistent fuel economy in the 44+ mpg (5.34 l/100 km) range versus the E350’s 32 mpg (7.35 l/100 km).

We’ll report more after we have had the opportunity to put the car through the paces.

THE DETAILS

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 
Base price/price-as-tested $51,400/$61,370
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 2.0-liter inline turbocharged four cylinder
Horsepower/Torque (pound-feet) 195 / 369
Transmission 7-speed
Curb weight (lbs) 4,409
Wheelbase (inches) 113.2
Length x width x height (inches) 192.1 x 73.0 x 57.1
0-60 mph (seconds) 7.9
Fuel economy (city/hwy) (mpg) 28 / 45

 

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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