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Car reviews - Mercedes-Benz - E-class - E270 Elegance sedan

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17 May 2001

The inline 2.7-litre, five-cylinder turbo-diesel is based on the 2.4-litre, five-cylinder diesel used in C-class Mercedes models

Four valves per cylinder design improves engine breathing

The engine produces 125kW at 4200rpm and 400Nm between 1600rpm and 2800rpm

The E270 CDI is equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission which can be left to its own devices or operated as a manual via the shifter

New window bags are installed between A-pillars and C-pillars and deploy in side impact to help reduce head injuries

Total volume of the window bags is about 12 litres

Subtle styling changes include a slightly lower bonnet line, with a more laid back angle for the four headlights

Cleaner front and rear bumper design also features on latest E- class

E-class drag coefficient remains at an extremely slippery Cd 0.27

Interior features a new steering wheel with controls for radio, trip computer

Options include the new Mercedes "Linguatronic" voice control system

Repeater lamps for side indicators are built into rear view mirrors

Tail-lights have a new, ribbed lens design

The Speedtronic engine governing system enables a maximum speed to be set at the press of a button, eliminating the risk of speeding fines

The E270 CDI features multi-link independent rear suspension with an anti-squat and anti-dive system

Stopping power comes via hydraulic dual-circuit disc brakes, ventilated on the front

A flexible service interval display informs the driver when a service is actually needed. Benz says this could cut maintenance costs by 30 per cent

A digital display in the instrument binnacle informs the driver how much time remains to the next service The doors can be locked automatically as soon as the vehicle moves off

Active safety features include Brakes Assist (BAS), which shortens braking distances in emergency situations, and Acceleration Skid Control (ASR), an advanced traction control system. The E430 also benefits from Electronic Stability Program

The E430 rides on 7.5x16-inch rims shod with 215/55R16 tyres

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