Jaguar XF S 3.0 diesel, Mercedes-Benz E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Review
Diesels do nicely

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
22 Jul 2011
 

Diesel power is a pretty common sight in the executive class in Europe. Do they have the potential to do well over here as well? Raymond Lai deliberates.

Introduction, styling

In Europe, the typical executive will usually do lots of miles in their executive saloons as they quite often drive long distances from one meeting or appointment to another. Hence, it is essential that the executive saloons that they drive are refined, comfortable and most importantly, fuel efficient. Diesel powered exec saloons like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class then, fit these criteria better than petrol powered equivalents.

The oil burning Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is one of the most popular range topping executive saloons in Europe. While ‘CDI’ is extremely popular and is a common sight on European roads, the Singapore motorist is more familiar with ‘CGI’ badges on boot lids of E-Class models over here. This is because diesel powered passenger cars are a rarity over here due to the extremely high taxes the authorities slap on such oil burners. Despite the huge deterrent diesel powered passenger cars though, the German car brands like Mercedes-Benz are continuously lobbying for the powers-that-be to reconsider the tax structure for diesel powered passenger cars. In the mean time, Mercedes-Benz will willingly indent a diesel model like the E350 CDI like the one you see here if you insist.

British brand Jaguar Land Rover on the other hand, currently offers a range of diesel models in its local line up, including the Jaguar XFS, an exec saloon that makes for a logical rival for the Mercedes E350 CDI. Both the E350 CDI and the XFS then give us the excuse to find out which is the better range topping diesel executive saloons you can buy here in Singapore today.

Outwardly, only small details like the black grille inserts, different alloy wheel design (19-inch on he S) and the ‘S’ badge on the boot lid differentiate the XFS from petrol XF models. Four years on and the XF still cuts a beautiful shape, proving that it is pretty much a timeless design. Its rump is still one of the prettiest of any four-door model on sale today. A facelifted XF though, was recently unveiled and features updated styling tweaks that make the XF’s styling more in line with the larger XJ’s. The updated model isn’t available here yet till later in the year.

The ninth generation E-Class’ styling is every bit as timeless as the XF if not as evocative looking or sexy. There’s a certain seriousness in the way the E-Class looks and carries itself. Thanks to styling features like the accentuated wheel arches that are said to be inspired by classic Merc saloons, the E-Class has its own distinctive character in the way it looks. The E350 CDI differs from its E350 petrol powered sibling only by its ‘CDI’ badge on the boot lid. Fitted with the optional AMG sports styling kit and large wheels like on the test car here, the E350 CDI manages to look both sporty and purposeful.


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 2993cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 6
Power 275bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 600Nm @ 2000rpm
Power to Weight 151.1 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4961 x 1877 x 1460) mm
Wheelbase 2,909 mm
Kerb Weight 1820 kg

Brakes

Engine

Engine Capacity 2987cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 6
Power 261bhp @ 3800rpm
Torque 620Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 142.2 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7G Tronic
Drive Type FR

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4868 x 1854 x 1471) mm
Wheelbase 2874 mm
Kerb Weight 1835 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs