2011 Mercedes Benz E350 BlueTEC Sedan
By Ming Tan
- Efficient fuel sipper averaged over 34 actual mpg over the course of a week, with a boasted total range of about 600 miles per tank of diesel
- A great highway cruiser with a quiet and smooth ride. It’s serene cabin made for peaceful and pleasant road trips.
- 400 lb-ft of torque made virtually any maneuver seem easy for this relatively small 210 hp 3.0 liter turbo diesel V6
- Hint of a 1978 Mercedes 240D diesel rasp at startup
- Somewhat flat seating surfaces
- More complicated SAT NAV unit that requires a semester at DeVry before becoming fluent with the system
- Only 210 HP for a car of BBW proportions
The Evolution of the Diesel Car Has Come a Long Way
I remember as a young kid seeing and hearing those early diesel cars rattling down the road, usually closely followed by a plume of dark, smelly smoke. Diesel super duty trucks notwithstanding, the appeal for diesel cars remained slim for years. Not until recently has the clean diesel concept begun to take off. We’re now seeing even race cars like the Audi R18 TDI performing at extremely high levels in rigorous conditions. As a result, it only seems logical that the evolution of diesel performance trickles down to normal every day driving cars.