The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The driver's seat of the Mercedes E-Class Estate has part-electric adjustment unless you go for the top-spec trim. That's the AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus (for brevity we’ll call it the 'AMG Line Premium Plus' from now on), which includes a fully electrically operated seat and steering column with memory settings. There's not a lot of shoulder support through corners, but the driver's seat is comfortable on a long drive and every trim comes with adjustable lumbar support.
It's a pity that every E-Class has two big flaws: a steering wheel that's offset to the left and a bulge in the transmission tunnel. The bulge pushes against your left leg and offsets the pedals to the right. The Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series Touring have offset pedals, too, but they're not as skewed.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Over-the-shoulder visibility is as good as it is in the A6 Avant, and the E-Class Estate is easier to see out the back of than the 5 Series Touring. The windscreen pillars are also slimmer than on the 5 Series Touring, so you get a decent forward view, although in this respect the A6 Avant is even better.
As a bonus, all versions come with lots of parking aids, including front and rear sensors, a rear-view camera and park assist, which will park the car semi-autonomously. AMG Line Premium trim, which is one of the higher ones but is well priced, adds a 360-degree camera.
All E-Classes come with bright LED headlights, which from the mid-spec AMG Line trim are adaptive. You can leave the headlights on main beams and they'll shape their light around any cars in front so they don't dazzle other drivers.