Probably not for the only time while it’s in our care, the E-class’s prestige and pedigree have led to it being pressed into wedding car action.

On this occasion it was the groom and best man the big saloon carried to the big day, although later in the year it may be promoted to bridal duty. The classy looks lent themselves to the car, fully ribboned, playing a walk-on part in some of the wedding pictures outside the rather stately Waterton Park Hotel venue in Yorkshire.

Two weeks later the big Benz was again travelling up the A1 to Yorkshire, this time for the better half’s Dad’s surprise 50th birthday party. Four-up with overnight bags, as we took her six-months pregnant sister and partner, and with a boot-load of party food and birthday cake, the E-class again proved a comfortable and spacious long-distance motor. Comments from the pregnant one in the back backed up previous thoughts about the relaxed ride, while the iPod connection and satnav, which suffered the odd glitch involving closed roads and sudden re-routing after I’d ignored initial instructions, have also been welcome. Overall, our E250 is proving its worth.

Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI Avantgarde manual
Mileage 8710
Claimed combined
Our average consumption 38.7mpg
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,
classy looks
Negative Manual gearbox,
early fuel economy