You’re not going to fall in love with a 2-litre diesel E-class on first acquaintance. The car handles beautifully insofar as its steering is accurate, linear and well weighted, its chassis poised and consistent in its responses. But it’s not a riot to drive and if it’s pure driving pleasure you value above all in this category, we’d commend the Jaguar XF without hesitation.
But that has never been core to the E-class’s appeal. These are cars that take their time to get under your skin, but once they do there they tend to stay. While others might focus on style or dynamic prowess, the E-class is content just to be the best to live day in, day out. It’s been that way for this series of cars long before they got the name by which they are known today, and we hope that is the way it remains for many generations to come.
Price tag of our car £36,000 (E220d AMG Line £38,430)