Mercedes Benz e350 Sedan

If you want a posh big saloon with a real feel-good factor then the Mercedes E-Class should be shoved right to the top of your shopping list.

It’s the popular saloon model that’s reviewed here, but you can also have the Mercedes E-Class in the form of a prettier coupe, a dog-friendly estate car or as the supercar-eating, performance model – the AMG E63. If you want the presence of the latter but without the high running costs – choose AMG Line trim, which gets you big wheels and a subtle body kit – that’s sure to turn the neighbours green with envy – but can be combined with a frugal diesel engine.

Whichever model you choose, the Mercedes E-Class cocoons you in luxury in a way that similar models such as the BMW 5 Series can’t quite match. The interior design is simple but also very stylish. Buttons are kept to a minimum so there’s space left over for lashings of expensive trim pieces and the more money you pour into the options list, the better it gets.

You control most of the car’s systems via a central screen, though it’s best to upgrade from the cheap-looking eight-inch Garmin unit to Mercedes’ own 12-inch Comand Online system, which has more detailed graphics.

You get loads of space in the to go with your posh surroundings too. Every Mercedes E-Class comes with electric front seats that slide far back on their runners to accommodate even very tall adults and the back seats are pretty good too.