Merc E‘Class All-Ter­rain

CAR (UK) - - Our Cars - By Ben Oliver

A COU­PLE OF long mo­tor­way trips have let me test the E’s Driv­ing As­sis­tance Plus pack, which for £1695 makes it about as au­ton­o­mous as a car can be to­day. The self-steer­ing el­e­ment re­duces the strain on long trips, and I’d trust it to take con­trol long enough for me to open a drink, wipe a kid’s nose or ges­tic­u­late fu­ri­ously at ter­ri­ble hu­man driv­ers. But the au­to­mated lane-change func­tion feels like a gim­mick. The labour saved by not hav­ing to turn the wheel is out­weighed by my triple-check­ing of the car’s risk as­sess­ment.

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