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Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon

4.6 out of 5 4.6

The E-Class is one of Mercedes-Benz’s most storied models. Robust, stylishly understated and practical, it has traditionally been as popular with taxi drivers as company directors, and more than 13 million have been sold over multiple generations. READ: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon (2009-2016) review BUY: New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon cars for... read more

PROS

  • Class-leading 2.0 diesel engine
  • Incredible comfort and noise isolation
  • Stunning interior design and finish
  • Genuine five-seat accommodation
  • Futuristic safety and convenience tech

CONS

  • Some rivals are more fun to drive
  • Looks like cheaper C-Class
  • Desirable equipment costs extra

Audi A6 Saloon (11-18)

3.8 out of 5 3.8

The latest generation of the Audi A6 is sticking to the design formula of the other models in the German maker's range. Therefore it’s similar to the A4 and the A8 and although it's not ugly, it’s not going to wow you as a design classic. Read about the all-new 2018 Audi A6 Saloon We're currently running one as a long-term test car The A6 has stiff... read more

PROS

  • Refinement
  • Plush cabin
  • Long list of safety kit

CONS

  • Not as fun to drive as rivals
  • Vague steering
  • Smaller boot than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Lexus GS Saloon (12-18)

3.5 out of 5 3.5

With the company car park full of BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloons, the Lexus GS has its work cut out to steal sales from the German trio, not to mention the Jaguar XF and equally premium SUVs that are growing in popularity. British buyers have favoured the German rivals for years, which is a shame as Lexus has worked hard to... read more

PROS

  • Spacious and luxurious interior
  • Stacks of equipment
  • Distinctive styling
  • Economical hybrid powertrains

CONS

  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Not especially exciting to drive
  • Smaller boot than rivals
  • Some aspects feel dated

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