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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Supercharged engines offer sparkling, smooth performance; 200K is brisk; 3.2 V6 is creamily refined but not that much quicker than 230K and best with the latest six-speed manual gearbox; rare 350 bhp AMG version is wickedly quick.

Designed for cruising rather than tearing up twisty alpine roads so don’t expect razor sharp responses. However it handles safely, the ride is typically Mercedes-Benz, rather than sports car.