Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel 2014 Review
Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel 2014 Review. The Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel 2014 offering but four cylinders and vinyl seating, quietly arrives this fall with the highest EPA fuel-economy ratings in the Mercedes lineup.
The 2014-model-year replacement for the six-cylinder E350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel 2014 and its 2.1-liter turbo-diesel four packs two sequential turbos—that is a smaller one to get things moving and a larger one that takes over at increased engine loads—and 195 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That output nearly matches the 210 horses and 400 lb-ft of the outgoing E350’s V-6, and the 2.1’s torque figure rings in just 22 lb-ft below that of the last naturally aspirated V-8 offered in the E. The new four-cylinder will also be available shortly in the GLK250 BlueTec crossover.
Rear-wheel-drive models start at $52,325 and deliver an impressive 28-mpg city/45-mpg highway rating, while 4MATIC models—Benz’s first all-wheel-drive diesel sedan—drop down to 27 and 42 mpg for $54,825. That’s a huge leap over the previous E350 BlueTec’s 22/33 rating, all thanks to a new 2.1-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder that cranks nearly as hard (195 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque at 1800 rpm) as the old 3.0-liter single-turbo V-6. In a brief test drive Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel 2014, we found the engine refined (despite some low-rev vibrations) and eager to scoot the car along.
Even better are the prices. The Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel costs $500 less than the gas-powered E350, and really puts the E400 hybrid to shame (it’s $5300 more and delivers a 24/30 EPA rating). With highway fuel economy expected to hit 38 mpg—city mileage is pegged at 24—its theoretical 800-mile cruising range will make this Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel 2014 the envy of long-haul truckers everywhere. But, with a predicted 0-to-60-mph time of 7.1 seconds, it’s unlikely to be the envy of anyone in an E63 AMG.