For Great balance of performance and economy and good resale values. SE gets a plaint suspension and kit includes sat-nav, heated, electrically adjustable seats, leather-effect interior, DAB, Bluetooth and USB input.

Against Not as refined as you’d hope, and an E-Class with a manual gearbox won't appeal to everyone.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon

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3 out of 5 stars

The most sensible version of the E-Class for private buyers.

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Key facts

8.7 secs
Top speed
142 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
890 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Many buyers don't want a thrusting sports saloon; they just want something that will make journeys relaxing, calm and comfortable. That's exactly what the Mercedes E-Class delivers.

Provided you choose the right one, that is. Each version comes on a different suspension set-up, which changes the car’s character. The SE’s soft suspension is comfortable but the handling is a little stodgy. AMG Sport models are firmer, while the models with air suspension are terrific, albeit pricey.

There’s a wide range of engines to choose from, too, but we reckon the E300 Hybrid is the pick of the range because it’s pretty quick and has the lowest running costs.

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