Performance – The 2017 Mercedes E-Class gets two engine options – 2.0-litre petrol and 3.0-litre diesel for now. The petrol engine produces a decent 184 HP of power but we had a go in the diesel engine. The V6 unit belts out 258 horses and has a massive 620 Nm of Torque. 0-100 km/hr comes up in a swift 6.6 seconds and the engine is paired to the 9G-TRONIC gearbox. Later this year, Mercedes will also start offering a smaller 2.0-litre diesel engine but that is still some time away. The 2.0-litre oil-burner should make for a good choice for those who don’t really need the extra power of the V6 and will help keep Merc at bay from the NGT’s unexpected mood swings.
The V6 oil-burner is extremely powerful with lots of punch, 9G-TRONIC is smooth
The V6 oil burner has brilliant power delivery. Turbo lag is well contained and once you cross the 1500-1600 RPM mark, the car just flies. The power surge is addictive and the delivery is linear all the way to 4500 RPM. Apart from being a great performer, the engine also loves cruising and it does 100 km/hr in 9th gear at 1500 RPM. There are the usual driving modes on offer – Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Eco mode helps you extract few more kms per full tank of diesel while Comfort mode is adequate for daily usage. If your chauffeur takes an off and you want to drive the car, better switch to Sport and exploit the engine. Sport+ is even better for aggressive driving but we still prefer the Sport mode which feels a bit more controlled.