The E Class has long been a favourite amongst urbane professionals, and this reboot ensures it can sit pretty alongside the likes of the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6. It's been upgraded to ensure that it takes its rightful place In the much-enhanced new Mercedes lineup, and this model proves that the marque more than hit its target. The same attention to detail, meticulous approach to safety and guarantee of comfort all apply here, and new hirers may be pleasantly surprised by what's on offer.
Our Mercedes E Class 220 EDI Saloon has a four cylinder Diesel engine that is capable of up to 58.9 mpg, giving it pretty enviable fuel economy. It's now the only one of its kind offering a manual gearbox - a 7G tronic automatic gearbox to be precise, which can also be utilised through the paddles on the steering wheel.
The E220 CDI comes with an 'Eco Mode' and a new feature called 'M' mode which will, after using the manual paddles, independently switch back to automatic fuel-efficient shift mode after a time. Its green credentials don't stop it from doing 0-60MPH in a respectable 8.4 seconds, or reaching a top speed of 142MPH. The four cylinder engine delivers 167BHP, and 295 lb-ft of torque.
The car delivers a beautifully smooth ride, and even at high cruising speeds feels as comfortable as if you were stationary. Engine noise, road noise and the sound of the wind at even the highest speeds are all very low, and as a result passengers are guaranteed a very relaxing ride. This is helped by the fact that there are soft suspension settings and adaptive dampers which ensure that the road is exceptionally smooth whatever the road service.
Steering is composed, safe and stable, whilst the car also boasts impressive braking power. As well as these, the car has a quick stop/start system that has been widely praised by critics, as well as advanced park assist to make accessing even the trickiest spot a breeze.
If you're renting a Mercedes you expect the best of everything, and the interior of this E Class 220 we have for hire certainly doesn't disappoint. The interior is simple and very elegant, yet it doesn't stint on using the kind of high-quality materials that you would expect from a marque of this calibre.
Take the seats, for example, which are covered in beautifully soft Artico leather that is covered with wonderfully detailed raised stitching. Better still, these seats are heated, allowing you to properly relax on your journey! Legroom is ample, with even the tallest of people accommodated with ease.
As you can imagine in a car that's designed to take you on very long journeys in utter comfort, storage space is not a problem. There is an eminently practical central storage compartment with two-part lid, and the rear armrest also comes with a storage compartment for those in the rear. Furthermore the boot is huge, with its 540 litres of room accommodating most luggage needs!
In terms of entertainment, there is a state-of-the-art DAB digital radio, sat nav, Bluetooth connectivity for all your media and even in-car internet access - in short, pretty much everything you'd need to play your favourite tunes!
This refined-looking Mercedes E-Class is far sportier-looking than its predecessor, largely thanks to its re-designed front end. Sporting a new, more aggressive sports grille it has a huge three-pointed star in the middle that takes the place of the normal protruding badge on the bonnet. The car also has a pair of single headlights, which replace the previous twin-lamp design, as well as a simpler straight crease over the rear wheelarch. The 17inch alloys are also new, and add to the new E Class 220 EDI's new sporty image.
Those who hire our Mercedes E Class 220 EDI will benefit from Mercedes' drive to upgrade its entire fleet. This drive has led to innovations in technology, design and comfort, all of which you'll experience as soon as you step into our car. In terms of attention to detail the E Class is a marvel, and you may be pleasantly surprised by the quality and refinement of the design and materials used. Far from being the poor cousin of the Mercedes S Class, the E Class is a car to be enjoyed and applauded in its own right. This car is perfect for business hire, as it is sleek and refined enough to project a first-class corporate image, but understated enough to ensure your clients know you want to be taken seriously. Its smooth ride, spacious cabin and heated seats will also guarantee that you arrive at any meeting feeling relaxed and ready. Given its huge amount of luggage space, this is also an great option for everyday travel, particularly if you're planning a long trip, or need to take your golf clubs with you! Overall, hiring the Mercedes E Class presents a great opportunity to get a dose of Mercedes style, comfort and safety for a budget-friendly price.