Mercedes-Benz is giving some of its competitors a run for their money with the announcement of the new 2014 diesel E-Class’ fuel economy estimates. The EPA says the 2014 E250 Bluetec should get 28/45 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive 4Matic models will get 27/42 mpg.
The E250 Bluetec’s combined fuel economy estimate of 34 is better than what competing hybrids get, including Mercedes’ own E400 Hybrid, which gets 24/30/26 mpg city/highway/combined. The Infiniti M Hybrid gets 27/32/29 mpg, the Lexus GS Hybrid gets 29/34/31 and the BMW 5-Series Hybrid gets 23/30/26.
The new diesel E250 is also a step up in fuel efficiency from the 2013 diesel E-Class, which gets 22/32 mpg. Left Lane News writes that “the E250 BlueTEC is significantly more efficient than its predecessor, the E350 BlueTEC, despite packing only slightly less underhood muscle.” The 2013 diesel E-Class delivers 210 horsepower using a turbocharged V6, while the 2014 model has a 195-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The 2014 E250 Bluetec has a couple direct rivals, including the 2014 Audi A6 TDI, which gets a lower 24/38 mpg, but also offers a more powerful 240-horsepower turbodiesel six-cylinder engine. The BMW 5-Series will be available as a diesel model for 2014, and is more powerful than both the A6 TDI and E250 Bluetec. The 535d makes 255 horsepower with its turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine and has slightly better fuel economy than the A6 TDI at 26/38 mpg.
Car and Driver drove the new E250 Bluetec and said, “The four scoots the E-class around. If it’s not in a hurry, then at least it’s not notably lazy. Widely spaced ratios that prolong the transmission’s stay in each gear help the BlueTec feel quicker than it is. Engine noise is subdued, and clues that it’s a diesel are remarkably few.”
The 2014 E250 Bluetec will start at $51,400, which will make it the least expensive model in the E-Class lineup, while the E250 Bluetec 4Matic will cost $53,900. The new model is expected to hit dealerships this month, according to Edmunds.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is currently our number-one ranked luxury large car, and it was named the U.S. News 2013 Best Luxury Full-Size Car for Families. Do you think the addition of the diesel E250 for 2014 will help the E-Class stay at the top of the pack?
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