Our Manchester team at CarLease UK have been enjoying a test-drive on the ever-popular executive saloon which is the Mercedes-Benz E CLASS DIESEL SALOON E220d AMG Line 4dr 9G-Tronic.
This segment of the car market is incredibly popular, as the Jaguar XF, BMW 5 series and Audi A6 are continuing to push one another as they look to establish their market primacy. Add to that brands like the Volvo S90 and the customer, personal or business, has an almighty decision to make.
In truth, none of the options are bad vehicles; it is very much a subjective decision as to which brand you would align to.
There are certain considerations for company drivers, like P11d and CO2 stats, which are going to be instrumental. However, for personal leasing customers, it is often a case of getting the best specification for the lowest price!
In terms of the car shown here, the Merc E220d AMG Line 4dr Auto (browse deal) it is based on the following:
· Metallic – Iridium silver
· Artico/Microfibre Dinamica leather – Black
· 19″ AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels in titanium grey with high sheen finish
· Open pore black ash wood trim
· COMAND HDD navigation with 12.3″ central display
The AMG Line is the top vehicle within the range, sitting above the SE model. As you would imagine the car comes standard with a number of good features including LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, artico leather, green tinted glass, 19” alloys, agility sports suspension, rain sensing wipers, active brake assist, hill start assist, AMG floormats, attention assist, park assist pilot, analogue clock, DAB radio, AMG bodystyling, keyless start, heated front seats, ambient lighting, mirror pack, seat comfort pack and electric seat adjustment. In terms of additional factory options – consider the Premium Pack (Keyless Go, memory Package, Panoramic Sunroof) or the Premium Plus Pack (adds Burmester sound system and LED lights).
On the technical-side company car drivers can note the P11d at £41,140.00 and CO2 112g/km. The 1950CC engine 9 speed auto engine delivers 194ps, 0-62 times of 7.3 seconds and combined MPG at 65.7. On the servicing-side, its every 12 months or 15,500 miles, whichever lands sooner.
In terms of servicing and maintenance, on contract hire vehicles you do have the choice to have driver-maintained (where you are responsible) or funder-maintained (where the finance company will assist you with all service, maintenance and tyre obligations).
One of the great features of a funder-maintained contract is that it allows for certainty of cost; as you only pay for fuel and insurance, there are no hidden or additional costs.
However, as some contracts can be low-mileage and for only 2/3 years, not all vehicles require extensive servicing and so you do need to make a cost comparison. Not every situation is the same.