Interiors – The E220d now comes with a new ‘Exclusive’ variant that sits above the ‘Expression’ (formerly known as the Avantgarde) variant. The new trim adds some much-needed equipment to the list. The doors now come with soft-close function increasing the luxury quotient of the saloon. Sit inside and you will notice the very premium looking brown shade that looks richer than the usual beige and black. The wood finish is also new. The driver is greeted to a brand new 10.2-inch all-digital instrument cluster which looks and feels much better than the analogue version.
The new Exclusive trim of the E-Class gets some more features including a Burmester audio system and soft close doors
The rest of the cabin is the usual E-Class stuff. Translate it as a high quality, sumptuous, relaxing and tech-loaded place to be. The seats are supremely comfortable with ample space upfront. Ergonomics are spot on too. The infotainment system however lacks the innovativeness of the BMW’s iDrive. That said you get the basics like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Exclusive variant also adds the brilliantly sounding Burmester premium audio system.
The rear seat remains the place to be in, in the E-Class. Mercedes did pull a masterstroke by launching the E-Class only in the long-wheelbase variant. The space at the back is significantly more than any of its rivals and there are many gizmos to keep you entertained. The seats offer high levels of comfort, not only by how well-cushioned they are but also by the level of adjustment that is on offer. The back seats can be electrically adjustable with a 37-degree reclining angle. The seats are also complete with memory functions. Noteworthy additions for this new trim include a tablet system that lets you control stuff like climate and ambient lighting and a wireless charging pad for smartphones, both housed on the armrest.
The rear seat is extremely spacious, comfortable and can also be reclined
No doubt, the interior of the E-Class pleases on multiple levels but there are some shortcomings. We found the air-conditioning to be less effective. We think that is due to the larger cabin volume. We also wish Mercedes-Benz had a memory function for the front seats.