My very first time in a W212 E-Class was with the test drive of the E220CDI.

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Hudiksvall 2009-09-15

The car felt very sturdy and more tight than the W211 ever felt, yet comfortable. It was very quiet both in the city and on the highway, a treat i always have admired Mercedes-Benz for even though more db´s measured in tests it feel less noisy than the Bmw´s do IMO.

Engine wise the E220 is a gem, with a 2.2litre 4 cylinder in a row that put out 170hp@ 3000–4 200, torque 400Nm @ 1 400–2 800 rpm.very smooth and rather powerful for a diesel. The car i drove was equipped with a 5speed automatic gearbox and that behaved very civilized as it should, no surprise there.

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The DRL (Daylight Running Lights) “gimmick” Audi started that all manufacturers seem to join in on nowadays is a good thing but as i am living in Sweden where we have had a law to have the light on low beam during daytime since 1980 just for the safety it brings when possible to be seen much earlier. I personally hate the “hockeysticks” Audi´s straight ones and the one the W221 S-Class is equipped with is much more aesthetic to look at.

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