2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W212 1.8 CGI from Malaysia

Summary:

Buy a Lexus instead

Faults:

Wipers have scratched the glass badly, door squeaks even when new, broken bonnet latch.

General Comments:

After many years with Lexus, decided to switch to a Mercedes instead. Some pre registered cars were offered on sale, and the cheapest E class was as expensive as a mid range C250 CGI.

It's a hit and miss car. Some parts are nice - I like the ambient theatre style lighting, it's fast for a 1600kg+ car with a 1.8 L engine (specs indicate 0 - 100 km/h in less than 8s with the new 7 speed gearbox). Refinement is poor, too much road noise infiltrates the cabin.

Some equipment is useless - there is a PCMCIA slot for media - I have never seen these media cards on sale. You have to be careful with the media display centre - it scratches easily and replacement is $3000.

The steering wheel is offset and not in line with the seating position.

After 125 years of car making, and the E Class being a core Mercedes model, you'd expect it to be perfect. It isn't.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st September, 2012

5th Aug 2014, 21:31

Interesting review of this middle of the line Mercedes product, among the models that once helped the most to promote the name of the brand.

However, it's sad to see the company management still didn't wake up to raise the quality standards again. The windshield that scratches easily, body rust (on older models); such details show that Mercedes still uses inferior components on their vehicles.