The Mercedes E-Class is the German firm's answer to the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF. It’s what we class as a large executive saloon, which means it’s longer than compact executives such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes’ own C-Class.
The E-Class has always been a car with a broad remit: you could buy the previous models as a saloon, estate, coupe or cabriolet. The saloon has always been one of the best cars of its type, despite competing in a class full of very strong contenders. Those previous generations of the car have built the E-Class a deserved reputation as a discreet, comfortable and well built executive car. To read about those older models click here.
This latest model continues that theme. It has a smart interior and delivers a comfortable ride – particularly if you steer clear of the larger-than-standard alloy wheels.
The new saloon range has actually been rationalised, and there are now only two engines available, and both of them are diesels: there's an entry-level 2.0-litre (badged E 220 d) and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel .
So can this latest E-Class build on the qualities of its illustrious predecessors, and does it still stack up against its rivals in this ultra-competitive class? Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions on the E-Class, along with our final recommendations for trim levels and engines.