For The E-Class does what Mercedes does best â€\x93 comfort, refinement and safety. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are good, too.
Against If you're looking for the thrusting drive of a Jaguar XF or the quality and style of a BMW 5 Series, you'll be disappointed. The E-Class is thoroughly conservative.
Comfort is the E-Classâ€\x99 big strength, but then again, thatâ€™s exactly what you expect from a Merc. This car is a real smoothie.
Many buyers don't want a thrusting sports saloon masquerading as an executive car; they just want something that will make journeys relaxing, calm and comfortable, and with top-notch safety equipment should the worst come to the worst. That's exactly what the E-Class delivers.
Provided you choose the right one, that is. Each version comes on a different suspension set-up, which changes the carâ€™s character. The SEâ€™s soft suspension is comfy, but the handling is a little too soggy for our tastes. Our favourite is the lowered Avantagarde, because itâ€™s more controlled without sacrificing much in the way of comfort. Sport models are firmer than a Mercedes should be, while the models with air suspension are terrific, but pricey.
Thereâ€™s a wide range of engines to choose from, too, but we reckon the E220 CDI provides the best balance between performance and affordability. You wonâ€™t go far wrong with any of the engines, though.
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