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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

In many ways the interior will be familiar to E-Class owners: the instrument layout is very similar to the previous model, but some of the other cabin design echoes the larger S-Class. An aluminium controller - similar to BMW's iDrive system - is used to access many of the controls, as well as special 'hot-key' buttons allowing fast access to frequently used functions.

Aluminium trim is fitted to SE models so there are no base models with cheap-looking interior parts.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate comfort levels are very high. SE models come with Artico artificial leather and the firm has added an extra layer of padding under the seat cover. Electronic climate control is standard, although an upgrade to a more sophisticated system, which includes separate controls for rear passengers, can be chosen at extra cost. Various upgrades for the seats can also be chosen when ordering (partial electric adjustment for the front seats is standard), including Active Multi-Contour for front-seat occupants, with inflatable air chambers and a massage function.

Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel (the latter being optional) are among the extras that make life inside the E-Class a little more pleasant. There is also more interior room compared to the previous E-Class and rear accommodation and access are easier than before. Class-leading aerodynamics mean wind noise is almost eliminated but while engine noise is well insulated from occupants, the four-cylinder diesel in particular seems noisy from the outside.