No car epitomises what Mercedes-Benz stands for better than this one – the E-Class. When your rivals include cars as good as the Audi A6, the BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF, you can’t afford to not to try and set the standard. With is why this MK10 model E-Class claims the classiest cabin, the most efficient running costs and the most advanced technology in the segment. Advanced driver assistance features even allow it to take a step closer to fully autonomous driving. As Mercedes has in creating the class-leading fuel and CO2 stats on offer in the case of the volume E220d variant we’re trying here.
Any notion that an executive car from Mercedes has to be sober is blown away by this E-Class. With much of its style borrowed from the sleek S-Class luxury model, it brings an immense grace to the car and makes you feel good about it long before you’ve even opened the door. Of course, the looks and appearance of any car are subjective, but it’s hard to argue this is not a very handsome machine. As a result, it’s no surprise to find out the E-Class makes up one in every five cars sold by the Stuttgart-based company. That also accounts for how important this model is to the three-pointed star. Inside, the dash has a clear instrument cluster directly ahead of the driver and an 8.4-inch thin film transistor screen mounted high in the centre of the dash. You can use the display to work all of the usual functions, such as DAB digital radio and the standard Garmin sat-nav, and it all works very well. Out back, the saloon model’s 540-litre luggage compartment is one of the largest in its class.