Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
You won't feel cramped in the front of the Mercedes E-Class, no matter how big you are, because the interior is wide and has loads of leg and head room – even if you go for the top-spec AMG Line Premium Plus trim, which has a panoramic sunroof fitted as standard.
You get lots of space for your odds and ends, too, including a roomy glovebox and the generously sized cubby under the front centre armrest. There are also two big cupholders.
The E-Class offers a good, square-shaped boot that’ll fit up to eight carry-on suitcases, which is the same tally as the BMW 5 Series (with a bit more shoving). But the E-Class has a massive under-floor storage area that can swallow another case, taking the total to nine – the same overall total as the Audi A6.
Bear in mind that the EQ Power hybrid models much have less luggage room because the battery sits under the boot floor. That's also true of the BMW 530e, but that has a flat load area. The floor of hybrid E-Class's is anything but; there's a large hump running the width of the boot that really makes life awkward. You can forget trips to collect a cupboard from Ikea, that’s for sure.