The driver’s seat is electrically operated and has plenty of adjustment, as does the steering column, for height as well as reach. It’s not all tickety-boo, though: adjustable lumbar support is an optional extra on the entry-level SE models; the driver’s footrest isn’t large enough to rest your left foot comfortably if you have big feet; and you may find the top of the dials obscured by the steering wheel if you're tall.
The E-Class Estate is relatively easy to see out of, though. And if you’re worried about being able to see the extremities of such a big car, all versions come handily equipped with not just front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, but also a parking assist function that’ll select a suitable space and steer you into it.
The dashboard buttons are easy to locate, and everything inside looks thoroughly swish and modern. You get chrome highlights and luxuriant ambient lighting, plus, depending on your chosen trim, a leather-trimmed dashboard and various wood or carbonfibre veneers. That said, while you might love the opulence, some of the panels feel a bit flimsy – the one that contains the face-level air vents, for example, flexes if you press it.
On the E220d, you get an 8.4in infotainment screen with Garmin sat-nav and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring, but we’d recommend adding the optional Comand Online navigation system (standard on the E400d), which brings a larger, 12.3in screen and more features. If you combine this with the separate option of a 12.3in screen in place of the analogue instruments, you effectively get one long, configurable digital display that puts plenty of useful information right in front of you. Even better, you can add a head-up display that puts speed, navigation and speed limit warnings right in your line of sight.
You operate both infotainment systems via a rotary control on the centre console, complemented by a touchpad on the Comand Online system. It’s a better interface than Mercedes’ previous efforts, thanks to sharper graphics and more intuitive menus, yet still not as responsive nor as easy to fathom as the best systems on the market – most notably BMW’s excellent iDrive in the 5 Series Touring.