Add cutting-edge innovation to its traditional bomb-proof build quality, stir in some good green credentials and it’s easy to see that Merc’s new E-Class will find plenty of customers even in these straitened times.
Externally similar to its predecessor, the new version comes packed with tricks, including stop-start technology, a pedestrian detection function, a lane-tracking device to stop you drifting and a brilliant new option for headlamps that dip of their own accord when a screen-mounted camera spots an oncoming vehicle.
Improved aerodynamics, huge fuel savings, a vast choice of engines – the list goes on. It will reach UK showrooms in June.
MM verdict: Another great Mercedes-Benz for those who can afford it.