It’s all about space with this car. Large door bins, a massive glovebox, dashboard pockets and space under the centre armrest accommodate daily paraphernalia, while there’s leg room for four six-foot adults and a boot for everything else. Only the Volvo V90 feels bigger.
Press the button for the electric tailgate and you’ll see there’s enough room for four two-week suitcases and space for a small one under the false floor. Big dogs and their crates are easily accommodated, as is a month’s worth of grocery shopping. All that and it still looks svelte.
It doesn’t matter how many times we drive Mercs, we can’t get used to the steering-wheel-mounted gear lever, but maybe that’s just us. Niggles aside, Mercedes’ infotainment system is still great and hasn’t aged, unlike some of its competitors’. Specify the Command Online navigation system which gives you a large screen and great digital cockpit graphics; wireless phone charging and 360-degree parking cameras are great additions, too, as is the mood lighting which creeps right round the cabin (you can adjust to any colour of the spectrum, or a mixture of several, via the display – it’s amazing what a spot of yellow will do on a gloomy day for the spirits).