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Mercedes, BMW, Audi Models Keep Competition Strong In Executive Car Segment

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An intensified exterior and interior thanks to a recent re-interpretation of its striking looks sees the E-Class Saloon from Mercedes-Benz modeling a more modern, youthful look. Yet this best-selling executive car remains - from very first glance - an unmistakable, authentic Mercedes.

The new Mercedes-Benz design idiom is younger, fresher and sets powerful accents through elegant detail solutions. Translated to the E-Class Saloon, the vehicle’s powerful profile with tapered side lines, a distinctive arrow-shaped front end with twin-headlamp face and muscular rear section speak of self-assurance.

Enhancing the visual impact are such features as the standard LED daytime driving lamps, LED tail lights and a chrome-finish 2-louvre radiator grille.

The E-Class Saloon competes with other large executive saloons like the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. The 5 Series saw a facelift in 2013 but changes were minimal, with tweaks made to the front and rear lights and the interior improved. The A6 may have unassuming looks but it still boasts an elegant and appealing design among its peers.

The A6 was always a bit behind its biggest rival the 5 Series. That is until the appearance of the latest A6 model, which is a great all-rounder thanks to the introduction of a new Ultra spec which boosts performance and efficiency.

The E-Class Saloon’s cabin features choice materials and fine workmanship, with the high quality woods and upholstery variants of the ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE design and equipment lines highlighting the individual style of the interior. A host of standard and optional comfort features - such as active multicontour seats, THERMATIC and THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control, climatised front seats and panoramic sliding sunroof - aim for the saloon’s occupants to want for nothing more.

The cabin of the BMW 5 Series is slick, impeccably built and makes good use of high quality materials, while the Audi A6 also counts among its features a quality interior.

Mercedes-Benz is known for its innovative, leading safety technologies and the E-Class Saloon comes with a range of standard and optional assistance and safety features. This includes Active Parking Assist, anti-lock braking system (ABS), acceleration skid control (ASR), ATTENTION ASSIST, ADAPTIVE BRAKE system, a reversing camera, 360 degree camera, NECK-PRO head restraints for front seats, driver kneebag and airbags, pelvisbags, sidebags and windowbags for front occupants.

E-Class Saloon models available in the Hong Kong market are the E 200, E 250, E 300, E 400, E 63 AMG and E 63 AMG S Model. The line-up boasts an extended range of engine variants, with Mercedes’ new-generation 4-cylinder direct petrol injection engines powering the E 200 and E 250. The E 300 and E 400 run on a V6 engine and the E 63 AMG and E 63 AMG S Model on an AMG V8 biturbo engine.

When it comes to the road, the E-Class Saloon might not be as sharp or engaging as the 5 Series but it still feels poised and inspires confidence. The steering is direct and naturally weighted, body control is good and grip is decent, while good driving visibility adds to the E-Class appeal.

With extensive use of aluminium, the Audi A6 feels agile on the move and is a precise, good drive. It’s the BMW 5 Series that sets the standard for driving fun in the executive car class, with its poised, rear-wheel drive handling, great refinement and strong pace.

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