Mercedes-Benz E220d Review.
Yes, the new, long-wheelbase ‘V213’ E-class has been a huge success and impressed us a great deal when we reviewed it in E 350d guise, but really, this is the one we’ve been waiting for – the E 220d. Why? For one, at Rs 57.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), it’s a whole lot more affordable than the E 350d, and two, because it debuts Mercedes’ new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine in India. This motor will slowly replace the 2.1-litre, four-cylinder diesel motor that is used by most Merc models – anything with a 200d, 220d or 250d badge (every sedan and SUV other than the GLS and S-class) – in India, and so it will account for the majority of sales. Hence, there is a lot riding on it.
Buyers will be happy to know that not much has changed on the outside, save for the new badge and a set of smart, five-spoke alloy wheels (a different design but the same 17-inch size as the E 350d). Otherwise, it has the same, regal, stretched sedan look with the signature ‘dual slash’ LED accents in the headlamps, the big, three-pointed star grille and the elegant teardrop-like tail-lamps. On the inside too, it’s almost exactly the same. There’s a lighter shade of wood grain on the dash and the Artico faux-leather upholstery has a different design, but that’s it. Sure, you miss a few bits of equipment – like the adjustable dampers with a ‘lift’ function, the Burmester hi-fi system, memory settings for the front seats and 360-degree parking cameras – but you’ll agree that these aren’t essential items.
You still get loads of other equipment like automatic, adaptive LED headlamps, push-button start, five driving modes, three-zone auto climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the huge panoramic sunroof and electric sun blinds. And of course, this car’s selling point – the stretched rear cabin with the reclining seats – remains unchanged. Really, buyers won’t feel short-changed by this lesser variant. In fact, it almost makes you question why the E 350d is so much more expensive.