Mercedes-Benz is giving some of its competitors a run for their money with the announcement of the new 2014 diesel E-Class’ fuel economy estimates. The EPA says the 2014 E250 Bluetec should get 28/45 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive 4Matic models will get 27/42 mpg.
The E250 Bluetec’s combined fuel economy estimate of 34 is better than what competing hybrids get, including Mercedes’ own E400 Hybrid, which gets 24/30/26 mpg city/highway/combined. The Infiniti M Hybrid gets 27/32/29 mpg, the Lexus GS Hybrid gets 29/34/31 and the BMW 5-Series Hybrid gets 23/30/26.
The new diesel E250 is also a step up in fuel efficiency from the 2013 diesel E-Class, which gets 22/32 mpg. Left Lane News writes that “the E250 BlueTEC is significantly more efficient than its predecessor, the E350 BlueTEC, despite packing only slightly less underhood muscle.” The 2013 diesel E-Class delivers 210 horsepower using a turbocharged V6, while the 2014 model has a 195-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The 2014 E250 Bluetec has a couple direct rivals, including the 2014 Audi A6 TDI, which gets a lower 24/38 mpg, but also offers a more powerful 240-horsepower turbodiesel six-cylinder engine. The BMW 5-Series will be available as a diesel model for 2014, and is more powerful than both the A6 TDI and E250 Bluetec. The 535d makes 255 horsepower with its turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine and has slightly better fuel economy than the A6 TDI at 26/38 mpg.
The 2014 E250 Bluetec will start at $51,400, which will make it the least expensive model in the E-Class lineup, while the E250 Bluetec 4Matic will cost $53,900. The new model is expected to hit dealerships this month, according to Edmunds.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is currently our number-one ranked luxury large car, and it was named the U.S. News 2013 Best Luxury Full-Size Car for Families. Do you think the addition of the diesel E250 for 2014 will help the E-Class stay at the top of the pack?