There is a touch of a coupe look to the rear end styling, but the car is actually a saloon
Ride and Handling
Across the range, the E-Class has quite firm sporty handling and is grippy on the bends, but it also contrives to be sufficiently supple over the bumps to cushion the cabin against undue jarring, so Mercedes’ engineers seem to have got the ride-handling combination about right for a big saloon with mildly sporty pretensions. It feels pretty serene over surface undulations, even on its large diameter, low-profile tyres.
The four spoke steering wheel transmits a very good degree of feel that lets you know what the tyres are doing down there on the road surface, and it is this informative steering feedback that helps make this latest Mercedes E-Class a more responsively enjoyable ‘driver’s car’ that its predecessor.
Ease of Use
This is a biggish car with four large doors (five in the estate version) and access into the cabin both front and rear is pretty good. There is a touch of a coupe look to the rear end styling, but the car is actually a saloon, and so has a boot lid rather than a tailgate. That makes it slightly less practical from a loading and luggage-lugging viewpoint, but a reasonably wide aperture and not excessive sill height means that lifting large items into the boot is no great chore.
Despite fattish rear pillars, all round vision out of the E-Class is very good, and the big rear window gives a better rearward view than is sometimes the case in this class of car. If towing matters to you, it is worth noting that the E-Class can haul over two tonnes, with a braked towing weight of 2,100 kg.