With that said, there hasn’t been any decline in quality. In fact, the E-class is probably better than ever. The highlights include a smooth ride, great interior, and bags of equipment.
The E-class is Mercedes’ answer to the Jaguar XF and the Audi A6. Mercedes needed a luxury, do-it-all car of their own.
The car itself is both comfortable and discreet. It comes with oversized alloys for a little extra street cred. The biggest engine is the 3.0 V6 diesel, so for raw performance, you’d want to choose that one.
Fast forward to 2016, and that’s all changed. Much of that change is owed to the new owners of the company, Land Rover. Since the merger, Jaguar has reentered the market, and finally, it’s got some cars that compete with the German manufacturers.
Take the XF for instance. This is a car with excellent handling and a ride that’s just as good as its competitors. It’s also surprisingly well-equipped for a Jag, thanks to some productive supplier relationships.
If you were to choose a car to drive just for a day, this might be it. It’s got bags of room in the back for all your friends. And it comes with some of the best handling in its class around the test track.
BMW 5 Series
For starters, BMW has included their Variable Damper Control Technology. This makes the drive feel epic, as well as supremely comfortable. There’s also a new infotainment system, previously one of BMW’s major weaknesses. The car integrates phones and apps into a single display.
Performance might be an issue if you opt for some of the lower spec engines, like the 520i petrol and the 528i. If you’re looking for raw speed, get a model that features the 530d. It’s just as fast as the more “powerful” petrol engines.
The 5 Series is best suited for a long day out on winding country roads. This is where you really get to benefit from that extra stability in the corners and power in the straights.
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