Excellent value for money as long as you don't mind the high depreciation
Hard to start from cold, the engine requires high revving to ensure it fires properly.
Cruise control ceased to work recently (February 2004), closely followed by the engine cutting out after 5 or 6 miles/8 or 10 minutes driving from cold. Local dealership so far unable to determine the problem.
Paint work is beginning to show signs of age, not brilliant after only 6 years.
Was going to buy a Mercedes E Class, but couldn't justify the additional outlay for a car that had less in the way of driver comforts (OK then gadgets).
Notwithstanding the recent problems the car is extremely comfortable for long distances and has plenty of power for overtaking, even at highish speeds.
Engine tends to use a fair amount of petrol around town, probably no more than 12/13 miles to the gallon. However, 25/26 mpg is achievable on long motorway runs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd March, 2004