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At the risk of offending other carmakers, we believe, “There is nothing like a Mercedes.” Apparently, the folks over at Benz must have sensed our thoughts and decided to dispatch over the 2015 E250 BlueTEC. A wonderful, pleasant drive it was that stretched to about 575 miles before the gas light came on.
Unchanged for this year, the midsize luxury sedan is equipped with a 2.1-liter twin-turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine putting out 195 horsepower @ 3800 rpm and 369 pounds-feet of torque @ 1800 rpm. The rear-wheel-drive car is mated to a standard 7-speed automatic, which can be driven in eco or sport modes. The 3-link independent strut-type front and 5-link rear suspension works splendidly to absorb unpleasant highway bumps and sudden sharp turns. Returning a weighted response to the driver input is a razor-sharp electromechanical power rack-and-pinion system. Zero to 60 is possible in 7.9 seconds with top speed limited to 130 mph.
The traditional three-pointed star on the two-bar grille is enclosed by horizontal LED headlights. At the rear, the E250 sports a thick and easily noticeable chrome bar on the trunk. The cabin is lavish and elegant as is expected of any Benz with dual-zone auto climate control, power tilt/sliding sun roof, ambient lights, light wood veneer on doors and dashboard, and leather on seats, steering wheel and door trim. The Merc-trademarked COMAND system for navigation, audio, phone is operated via a rotary dial in center console. The trunk opens up to a capacious 15.9 cubic feet of space, enough to hold luggage for a long vacation. And who can miss the graceful Mercedes analog clock centered on the dash?
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, driver knee airbag, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, Electronic Stability Program, Pre-Safe (partial braking in an emergency), Adaptive Brake technology for a quicker stop, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system.
During our test-drive week, we earned almost 34.5 mpg to beat EPA city estimates of 28 of combined 33 mpg in this $51,800-base-priced ride. Not cheap by any means. But the sprightly car offers strong acceleration, incredible handling and steering feel. With almost record-shattering fuel (diesel) economy figures, it is a win-win for the German carmaker. After all, “There is nothing like a Mercedes.”

Tires: 245/45R17
Wheelbase: 113.2 inches
Length: 192.1 inches
Weight: 4,200 pounds
Fuel capacity: 21.1 gallons
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