The E-class has arrived when I’ve been on the road even more than normal, handing out BusinessCar Awards to the companies the readers of the publication have chosen as the best in the business.

And racking up the miles has shown what a quality long-distance machine the E-class is, carrying me in serene comfort across the country. It’s also highlighted quite how much grime and slime there is on the roads, because I seem to be getting through screen wash at a similar rate to fuel. It’ll be nice when winter finally gives up and we head towards the warmer, lighter weather.

Mercedes E250 CDI Avantgarde
Mileage 3103
Claimed combined
Our average consumption 36.4mpg
P11D price £32,545
Model price range £27,570-£73,855
C02 (tax) 142g/km (19%)
BIK?@?20/40% per month £103/£206
Why we’re running it To see if E-class can
take on Jag and BMW
Positive Long-range ability
and comfort
Negative Hope that economy
improves with miles