One of my favourite things about the E-class is the sheer number of little touches designed to make life just a smidgen easier.

The hold function on the brake is one such example. It’s perfect for lazy people like me that

spend too much time in urban driving. Instead of reaching for the foot-operated parking brake every time, a simple full-on prod of the brake pedal engages an automatic holding system that disengages as soon as you touch the accelerator. It’s only when you’ve got it that you realise just how often you use it.

Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI Avantgarde manual
Mileage 10,066
Claimed combined
Our average consumption 39.0mpg
P11D price £32,545
Model price range £27,570-£73,855
CO2 (tax) 142g/km (20%)
BIK 20/40% per month £108/£217
Service interval variable mls
Insurance group 38
Warranty 3yrs/unlimited mls
Boot space 540 litres
Engine size/power 2143cc/204PS
Top speed/0-62mph 149mph/7.7secs
Why we’re running it To see if it can take on the
excellence of BMW and
Jaguar in this sector
Positive Comfort, quality,
standard features
Negative Manual gearbox