A little larger than the previous model, the styling of the new E follows very much in the mould of the company’s other saloons, the C- and S-Classes. The look of the front end varies depending on the trim level: base models have the classic Mercedes grille with the star on the bonnet, while Avantgarde and AMG Line models have the ‘sports’ radiator that features the star on the grille.
It’s in the cabin where the E-Class really stands out, with touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel that allow the driver to control the infotainment system using smartphone-style ‘swipe’ movements. Among the options are two wide-screen displays under a shared glass cover, which merge to create one huge display that includes both the conventional dials and the various infotainment functions. All of this can be customised by the driver in one of three different styles.