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Nuts & Bolts: Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC

Bottom line: It is hard to beat if you are shopping for luxury that makes sense. Compare with Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Cadillac CTS and Lexus GS.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent marks in all three.

Head-turning quotient: Mercedes-Benz is to be congratulated for a clean, sleek, thoroughly attractive restyling of its E-Class models. The two-bar grille with the integrated Mercedes-Benz tri-star distinguishes the Sport version from the Luxury model, which has a more traditional grille with the M-B star affixed atop the hood. There are other differences, but too many to detail in this space.

Body style/layout: This is a front-engine, diesel-fueled, midsize luxury sedan based on a rear-wheel-drive platform. It also is available with all-wheel-drive.

Engine/transmission: It comes standard with a 2-liter, twin-turbocharged, 16-valve, inline four-cylinder engine delivering 195 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The engine is linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually.

Capacities: Seating for five. Cargo capacity is 15.9 cubic feet. The tank holds 21.1 gallons of diesel. Ultra-low-sulfur diesel, 15 parts sulfur per million, is strictly required.

Mileage: I averaged 41 miles per gallon in mostly highway travel.

Standard safety equipment on E250: Includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes; four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency braking assistance; electronic brake-force distribution; stability and traction control.

Available, recommended advanced safety technology: Active blind-spot and lane-keeping assistance; Distronic Plus forward-collision avoidance system; Pre-Safe Plus with pedestrian recognition, backup-collision avoidance, and rearview camera.

Price: The 2014 E250 BlueTEC with all-wheel-drive starts at $53,900 at this writing with a dealer’s invoice price of $50,127. Price as tested is $63,650, including $6,580 in options (advanced safety equipment and other items) and a $925 factory-to-dealer transportation charge.

— Warren Brown