The E-Class Cabriolet mixes style with comfort, and is surprising practical. The electrically operated fabric roof stows quickly, while a wind-deflecting 'Aircap' on the top rail of the windscreen keeps the cabin draught free. SE models offer best value for money, while Sport versions feature firm suspension. The E-Class Cabriolet is only available with the best engines from the E-Class saloon line-up - all except the 6.2-litre V8 of the E 63 AMG, which Mercedes doesn't offer in the E-Class Cabriolet.
It's a low-slung two-door car, but the E-Class Coupe is surprisingly sensible and practical for such an indulgent purchase. The rear seats are useable, while a big boot and choice of fuel efficient engines make it a viable day-to-day proposition. It feels bigger and classier than its obvious BMW 3 Series Coupe rival, while Audi's A5 lacks the Mercedes’ edgy style. All versions come well equipped, with SE more comfort orientated than the sharper Sport models.
All the classy attributes of the E-Class saloon, but with a massive luggage area added at the rear. The E-Class Estate appeals to business drivers with families or more active lifestyles. The easily accessed, large boot can hold masses of luggage, family paraphernalia or sports equipment. As with the saloon, diesels make the most sense.
A business buyer's favourite, the E-Class is recognised worldwide as a classy, comfortable executive saloon. Three trims are available, with SE appealing to cost-conscious fleet buyers, Avantgarde adding more luxury equipment and Sport giving the E-Class sporty AMG styling and sharpening up the driving experience. The diesel engines make the most sensible choice, with even the smallest providing acceptable performance and pump-friendly fuel consumption. For the ultimate performance E-Class, seek out the E 63 AMG.