That is insane. In diesel loving Belgium, you can have a 2.8 petrol for 50k, and a 3.0 TDI for 53k?With the A7 in Norway the entry model is actually the 2.8 V6. An equivalent TDI costs more than 100k NOK more.
You cannot have driven any of the more current Mercs then (although I agree with you somewhat concerning the current and previous E-Class).Excellent review and I really agree what you said about car being focused. The thing I like about BMWs normally is that they know how to make a comfortable car, but still give you some idea about what's happening. They know what information should be filtered out and what is necessary for the driver in a comfy car.
Mercs I've driven have so far left me feeling terrified because the lack of feel makes me worried about what's happening and is the car going to make the next turn at all.
Yes, it's MB-Tex, a kind of Vinyl used by Mercedes to imitate real leather seats for less money.Jupix tells me it's not real leather?
I've driven W211 E320 CDI T Avantgarde and pre-facelift W204 C200K. E-class had about 190 000km and while it looked good, I'm not so sure if it had been taken good care of. There was no sign of abuse, but I have to admit that I don't want to make my opinion about W211 based on that car. The main problem I had, as with the C-class later, was the steering.You cannot have driven any of the more current Mercs then (although I agree with you somewhat concerning the current and previous E-Class).
The current E-Class Coup?, however, is something I prefer over the BMW 3-series. And the current S-Class with the Active Body Control is in a league of its own. It even filters out crosswinds.