What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes E-Class saloon?
The BMW 5-Series is the benchmark saloon in this class thanks to its blend of comfort and driver enjoyment. It’s not quite as spacious as the E-Class, but otherwise well worth a look, particularly as BMW’s 2.0-litre diesel engine is so much quieter than the Mercedes alternative.
Jaguar’s XF also beats the Mercedes when it comes to an involving drive, but while the interior lacks nothing in drama it is not as well built as the Mercedes’. Finally there’s the Audi A6, which comes closest to the Mercedes in its comfort-oriented approach, but still can’t quite match the car with the three-pointed star on its bonnet. It is, however, cheaper to buy meaning you’ll get a newer or lower-mileage example for your money.