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The Mercedes E-Class is very well equipped and available with a great range of engines, from efficient diesels, to tax-friendly plug-in hybrids and punchy petrols. It's pretty quiet and comfortable on the motorway, too, but the ride could be better around town and, while the boot is big, the rear passenger compartment isn't, relative to its rivals. Overall, the BMW 5 Series is a better car to drive, has a better infotainment system and is better built inside.
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We'd stop at the AMG Line Premium, which adds a 360-degree parking camera, keyless entry, a powered boot lid, 19in alloy wheel and augmented navigation. However, this AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus adds a panoramic sunroof, 20in alloy wheels, fully electric front seats with memory settings, an electric steering column and a Burmester stereo with 13 speakers and 590 watts.
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The 300e is a good choice for company car drivers looking to reduce their tax bill. It's a 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor that produces a total of 316bhp and can officially travel up to 34 miles on battery power alone. That's a match for the BMW 530e and it’s a bit quicker (0-62mph takes just 5.9sec). It will be extremely cheap to run if you keep the battery charged up, but run it just on the petrol engine and it will be nowhere near as frugal as the E220d.
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