If you're in the market for a large executive saloon, the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF will probably already be on your shortlist. To that list we think you should add this impressive Mercedes E-Class.
The E-Class has always been a car with a broad remit, and 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 saloon model range is comprised of two 2.0-litre diesel options (E200 and E220 d) with either 148 or 191bhp; a more expensive V6 diesel with 255bhp (E350 d); a plug-in hybrid petrol-electric model with 295bhp (E350e); and a V6 petrol sports model with 396bhp (Mercedes-AMG E43). You can read about the top-of-the range Mercedes-AMG E63 model here.
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.