Merc EClass All-Terrain
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.