A faster E-Class Estate isn't the most passionate car to wear and AMG badge. But as a rapid, refined and understated all-rounder, it has much to recommend it. Not everyone will want the full beans E63 as and when it comes and, indeed, the E43 has as much power as the flagship V8 AMG of just a couple of generations ago. Four-wheel drive is another string to its bow too, the Mercedes system feeling more naturally rear-driven than the front-heavy equivalents from Audi. Any E-Class estate is a staunchly traditional Mercedes and the E43 lives up to that reputation, albeit with just enough AMG garnish to make it a little more interesting.
Price tag of our car: £62,480 OTR total price
(£58,290 + £4,190 in options)