Mercedes-Benz E 200 CGI BlueEfficiency (ELEGANCE) Review
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Story by John Toh Photos by Raymond Lai
21 Nov 2009

It may just be the “base” model, but the E200 shows that it is anything but. It’s got all the right ingredients and is our favourite 1.8-litre E-Class.

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Just as we thought the Mercedes-Benz E250 CGI was “the” executive sedan to get, here comes another proposition. No, it’s not an answer from the opposing Teutonic camps, but from its own stables. Enter the E200 CGI.

If both cars were identical twins, the E250 would be the first to have arrived and the E200 later. Like twins, both started with similar features, physique, and mental and physical abilities. However, the E250 was the one who got more attention from the phys-ed coach and as a result came out of school slightly more athletic.

That said, the E200 is certainly no slouch. It is a vast improvement over the previous generation’s E200K, which by the way is getting a tad boring and tired by now (doesn’t help that there are more E-Class taxicabs on the roads these days).

It is nicely spec’d with all the amenities that you would expect of an executive sedan of this class and stature. While its square-ish styling may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s one of those that’ll slowly grow on you. However, only time will tell if this design will get dated more quickly than its round-eyed predecessor.

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Engine Capacity 1796cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Power 184bhp @ 5250rpm
Torque 270Nm @ 3000rpm
Power to Weight 113.9 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 230 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4868 x 1854 x 1470) mm
Wheelbase 2874 mm
Kerb Weight 1615 kg
Boot Capacity 540 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs