Depending on where you live, the entry point into the Mercedes E-Class family can vary. Here in the UK, the midsize luxury saloon starts off with the E200 model, which has to make do with only 181 bhp or about as much as my humble Skoda Octavia. Does that make the base E-Class underpowered? Not at all.
The folks behind the YouTube channel AutoTopNL take all sorts of cars for top speed runs, and recently they hopped into the driver’s seat of an entry-level E-Class to do the same. For a big saloon that weighs almost 1,500 kg, the performance it delivers is not half bad. Sure, it’s no E63, but let’s keep in mind the massive price difference between the two: £47,390. That’s right, you could get two £37,525 E200 saloons and you’d still have about £10,000 to spend on options to reach the £84,915 starting price of the standard E63.
Using a smartphone app serving as a data logger, the saloon was clocked in at 8.73 seconds for the 0-62 mph sprint or about one second more than what it says in the official specs sheet. It eventually reached 145 mph or 4 mph shy of the 149-mph quoted top speed. While the E200 won’t be taking down anytime soon the Nürburgring record for the fastest saloon, for the majority of normal drivers it should deliver more than adequate performance.
As you’ve probably seen already, spy shots have revealed Mercedes is testing a mid-cycle refresh for the E-Class lineup. The saloon was spotted the other day with camouflage on the front and rear fascias indicating a new look for the headlights and taillights, along with a slightly reworked front grille and some subtle changes to the bumpers. Expect the refreshed saloon to hit the market in 2020.