E-Class Saloon 1995-2001
Key facts


Costing from £27,050 on the road (for the E 200 KOMPRESSOR Classic), the E-Class Saloon range is packed full of new technology and extra standard equipment, including the revolutionary Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC™) system. Three trim levels – Classic, Elegance and Avantgarde – are available, all with enhanced specification compared with the previous E-Class range.

Eight engines are available – E200 KOMPRESSOR, E 240, E 320, E 500 and E 55 AMG petrol models, and three diesels: E 220 CDI, E 270 CDI and E 320 CDI.

Hi-tech, low emission engines

These engines are either new to the E-Class or feature revisions: the 220 CDI and 200 KOMPRESSOR models feature Lanchester balancers to ensure smooth, low-vibration running. The five-litre eight-cylinder petrol engine replaces the previous E 430 unit, while the new AMG engine includes a supercharger, similar to the unit fitted in the SL 55 AMG.

Diesel engines feature more power and torque (E 220 CDI from 143 to 150 hp and 315 to 340 Nm; E 270 CDI from 170 to 177 hp and up to 425 Nm; E 320 CDI from 197 to 224 hp and from 470 to 500 Nm). Efficiency has increased along with the common rail pressure (to 1600 bar from 1350). New injector nozzles and internal geometry reduce particulate emissions, and fuel consumption improves by some two per cent. A 1700 watt electric heater warms the cabin interior of the diesel models, as the high thermal efficiency of the units means warmth usually available through the coolant system needs an electrical boost until the engine reaches its normal operating temperature.

Petrol models feature an adaptive accelerator, which learns the driver’s changing style, and responds accordingly. A spirited and swift drive across a sweeping A-road will elicit a sharper throttle response than a relaxed motorway cruise, or stop-start urban traffic, for example.

E 320 CDI, E 240, E 320 and E 55 AMG have a five speed automatic gearbox as standard, with the E 220 CDI, E 270 CDI and E 200 Kompressor equipped with a six-speed manual transmission (the automatic is optional). The E 500 is fitted as standard with the 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic transmission for reduced fuel consumption, improved acceleration and in-gear performance.

Four-link front suspension (replacing the previous double wishbone set-up) and multi-link rear suspension combine with rack and pinion power assisted steering to provide a responsive, dynamic ride. This is further improved with the optional Airmatic Dual Control (DC) semi-active suspension system (which is standard on E 500 and E 55 AMG models). Airmatic DC controls the springs and dampers to give a supple ride with excellent handling characteristics.

More standard equipment

In addition to the technical enhancements, equipment levels on the range are improved over the previous models. For example, Classic models now include alloy wheels; automatic climate control; rain sensing wipers; two-stage front airbags and front belt force limiters (outer rear seats retain single stage force limiters); heated windscreen washer jets; leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift; and an 80-litre fuel tank on the E 320, E 500, E 320 CDI, plus the E 240 and E 270 CDI with Elegance and Avantgarde.

All E 240 models now feature automatic transmission with speed limiter and cruise control as standard. There’s also upgraded equipment for Elegance models, with standard metallic paint; parameter steering (E 320, E 500 and E 320 CDI only); with E 500 models also gaining luxury four-zone Thermotronic climate control; and Airmatic DC. Elegance models also have 13-hole alloy wheels and burr walnut wood trim.

Range-topping Avantgarde models add to the Classic specification with powerful bi-xenon headlights; part leather upholstery (on the outer seat cushions); metallic paint, five-spoke alloy wheels and bird’s eye maple wood trim.

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2000 E-Class Saloon

2000 E-Class Saloon

E-Class Saloon

Added: Jan 21, 2000 ID: 11476

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