Test Mercedes E-Class 2016, a further step towards driving autonomous

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We traveled to Stuttgart to drive the new Mercedes E Class and more in-depth knowledge of recent technological innovations. During the route with the latest model launched by Mercedes we have thoroughly examined the new features for driving assistance that put the German brand to the head of this type of systems.

Our test the we have done with the Mercedes E 220d, the most interesting of the reduced range initial because it is a motor turbo of new development. This four-cylinder 194 HP boasts of being the most mechanical efficient of the category and, like the rest of the strings cinematics, is associated in series to the automatic transmission of nine-speed 9G-Tronic.

The And 220d, an engine is highly recommended by its thrust and its intake content. The benefits are more than sufficient for a luxury sedan and in no time you are missing more power despite having to move the 1.680 kg of this model 4.9 metres in length.

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The only ‘but’ that you can put on this mechanics of new generation is loudness, which is not too refined. Yes, their sound hardly will reach us in march because isolation of the cabin is magnificent and the coefficient of aerodynamic resistance (Cx) a leader in its segment -only 0,23-. We travel to very isolated from outside noise.

On-board recalls, and much, the Mercedes Class S. The quality of realization is beyond all doubt. The atmosphere is classic but the numerous technological details are very well integrated, as is the case of the two huge screens of 12.3 inches. Which is located in front of the driver makes the box of instruments and is configurable in terms of information and design to show. Which is in the center of the center console reflects the data of the complete infotainment system.

To handle both screens can use the buttons of the touch control on the steering wheel, a utility that is released in this Class E. With a simple sweeping motion on the small touch-sensitive surface, move through the different features offered on the dual display.

it Is possible to select five driving programs different through the switch Dynamic Select: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Each one of them affects different systems such as the assistance of the steering, the firmness of the suspension, the speed of response of the throttle and the change management automatic. In the first two features we didn’t really notice big differences between one mode and another.

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The E-Class is always a car very comfortable and nice to drive even with a dynamic driving mode Sport+. Does not reach the sublime level of comfort of a S Class but it is definitely at the top of its segment. The cushioning works very effectively to neutralize the irregularities of the asphalt and keeping the oscillations of the body. There are several suspension options, being the most advanced air suspension multi-Air Body Control.

The visibility is not its strong point. The dashboard is in a very high position, which causes the windshield it is in reality of very little height. The long hood of this Mercedes doesn’t help in that regard. In addition, the inclination and width of the A-pillar can obstruct a bit the view in some turns, especially in curves of the left.

thankfully, there is a large collection of sensors that completely surround the body of the sedan German, as well as a system of cameras of 360º with an excellent definition that are of invaluable help in the hour of maneuvers. To make things even easier you can equip a system of automatic parking that allows you to park in parallel or in battery even from without being inside of the car! The maneuver can go from a smartphone, as we were able to check in the event organized by Mercedes.

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so Many technological possibilities can make it seem that the E-Class can be a car complex to use. However, Mercedes have struggled in the management of the infinite number of functions is very intuitive. A good example is the lever of the cruise control. With one touch you activate the active cruise control, which keeps the car at the speed at which we are circulating and speeds up or slows down in line with the traffic.

If we take two touches at the lever activates the Drive Pilot and enjoyed driving semi-autonomous. In this way, the cruise control keeps the vehicle at the maximum speed of the track, modifying it by itself according to the browser data, the system of recognition of signs or the traffic. Goodbye to the fines by excess of speed.

Not only that. The Drive function Pilot also takes command of the steering wheel, and keeps the vehicle within its lane without driver intervention. This system uses a stereoscopic camera and radar sensors to recognise and orient themselves by the boundary lines of the roadway, the movement of the vehicles surrounding and parallel structures. In this way guide the car even when the boundary lines of the road are not clearly visible.

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In practice the Drive Pilot is advisable to use it only in some circumstances. Works well when there are lane lines and clear curves very smooth, especially if there is a car in front that serves as a guide to the system. If not, it is sketchy and, at times, not kept in the lane by itself, forcing the driver to correct the direction.

The system also includes a wizard is active for lane change. Pressing off for more than two seconds, the vehicle will detect if the next lane is clear and directed to the new lane, for example, to perform an overtaking manoeuvre.

driving autonomous has not arrived, although the E-Class is a step closer to. It’s still missing the driver to watch the road but, without a doubt, facilitates the driver’s task and provides an important boost to safety, especially in conditions of dense traffic and withholdings.