Mercedes-Benz E 250 CGI BlueEfficiency (ELEGANCE) Review
Size Hardly Matters

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
12 Nov 2009
 

The new E250 CGI BlueEfficiency is another case in point where engine downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean less performance.

Still got the Blues

Besides the physical size of a car, downsizing in automotive terms can also mean reduction in engine sizes. Now, you might think that a smaller engine means less power and hence a recipe for pathetic performance but I can tell you that you can’t be anymore wrong.


In recent years, the car makers have faced big pressure to lower their cars’ fuel consumption numbers as well as their CO2 emissions figures thanks to high fuel prices and environmental concerns. While this can be achieved in European markets by introducing more new generation clean diesel models, Asia’s non-acceptance of the oil burner means the car brands have to pursue continuous developments in petrol engines.

The result – the downsizing of petrol engines for better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions but with no reduction in terms of power output. How is this possible then? How can a smaller engine make as much power as that of a much larger one? The answer is charging – supercharging, turbocharging or  twincharging.

Mercedes-Benz has gone the supercharging route for several years now with its 1.8-litre Kompressor four-cylinder motors that we see in models like the C and E-class among others. With the new E-Class though, it has introduced a new range of 1.8-litre four-cylinder engines with direct injection and not supercharging, but turbocharging. These engines can be found in both the entry-level E200 CGI BlueEfficiency and the E250 CGI BlueEfficiency.


Both the E200 CGI and the E250 CGI are basically powered by the same 1796cc four-cylinder motor albeit in different states of tune. The entry-level E200 CGI gets 184bhp and 270Nm, really healthy numbers considering the engine’s size. The E250 CGI though, is even more impressive thanks to the 204bhp and 310Nm its engine can muster. This is even more power than the 2.6-litre V6 in the old E240. Straight line performance is sprightly for a large executive with a four-cylinder motor – 0-100km/h takes 7.5 seconds with top speed rated at 242km/h – in comparison the E200 CGI takes 8.4 seconds to reach 100km/h from rest and has a top speed of 233km/h.

The four pot offers more than enough performance on the road and there’s a healthy dose of force aspirated torque in the mid-range to effortlessly overtake slower traffic. Thanks to the rather muted turbocharger and the strong torque, you can hardly tell that this is a force aspirated motor. Compared to the competition’s four-pot units though, the Merc’s in-line 4 isn’t as refined and sounds rather flat and uninspiring no matter how hard you work it.


Sell Fast With Ease - SwiftQuote

With SwiftQuote, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end

HIGHEST PRICE FOR YOUR CAR

Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

SwiftQuote helped me get the highest possible price for my car, when many dealers around were low-balling me. Very impressed with their response time and how fast I managed to sell my car. The dealer that bought my car was also very genuine and it was a fuss free process, 10/10 would recommend.

Santhosh Haridass - 2 days ago

Very efficient , i sold my car in 3 days after register with SwiftQuote. would recomend to all buyer to use it.

Lim Leong Boon - 2 days ago

Quick and hassle free. Got a good price for my car

Kok Wen Yen - 1 week ago

Fast to get a quote and so easy to complete the transaction with the dealer. Thumb up! Thank u.

Ricky - 1 week ago

A happy customer ! Swiftquote provides fast and courteous service. I sold to the 3rd prospective buyer within a week. I appreciate the speed and how swiftquote keeps me updated as things move.

Nitin Pande - 1 week ago

Friendly customer service (Ms Renai), fair pricing, easy liaise, easy transaction and easy transfer.

Abdul Rahman Bin Kamis - 2 weeks ago

My experience with SwiftQuote for selling my car was one the best. I got a very good quote, reliable and good purchaser and the was mediated such that gave me peace of mind.

Muhammad Raza Zaidi - 2 weeks ago

Efficient process and platform. Very active and engaging Client Success Manager. Happy and pleasant experience. Thank you.

Ms Yap - 2 weeks ago

Prompt service and experienced agent. Will recommend my friends and relatives .

Suruji Rawi - 2 weeks ago

Very prompt quote received over the weekend and great support from Angie to liaise and follow up with the car dealer leading up to handover/sale of car. The car dealer is patient to explain the required procedures and followed thru by the book. Overall very satisfied with the experience.

Koh Li Sian - 3 weeks ago

Engine

Engine Capacity 1796cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.3:1
Power 204bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 310Nm @ 2000rpm
Power to Weight 123.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 238 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4868 x 1854 x 1470) mm
Wheelbase 2874 mm
Kerb Weight 1650 kg
Boot Capacity 540 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs