For Pick the right Mercedes E-Class and it does what Merc does best – comfort and safety. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are good, and standard equipment is outstanding.
Against If you're looking for the style or driving dynamics of a Jaguar XF, you'll be disappointed; the Mercedes E-Class is thoroughly conservative. Most versions simply aren’t refined enough.
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Comfort is the big strength of the Mercedes E-Class but, then again, that’s exactly what you expect from a Merc. Choose your version carefully, though, because some models are far better than others.
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There are 13 Mercedes-Benz E-Class versions available
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.
Reader test team says:
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I've done 10,000 miles since getting E300. I agonised over all the usual exec saloons and had extended test drives with them all (at least a…