Mercedes-AMG E53

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AMG’s V8s are leg­endary, so a switch to a bi-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six with EQ ‘elec­tric aux­il­iary com­pres­sor’ is in­trigu­ing.

But it’s vo­cal un­der load, and al­though fast, you need to keep your foot in. Weirdly, it doesn’t feel es­pe­cially torquey.

No ar­gu­ing with 429bhp, with an ex­tra 20bhp and 184lb ft cour­tesy of the 48V e-boost sys­tem for torque­fill and less

turbo lag.

The E-Class is el­e­gant rather than old-school OTT. Fac­tor in best-in­class cab­ins and tech, and this is one de­sir­able car.

Engine 2999cc, 6cyl, 429bhp, 384lb ft Per­for­mance 0–62mph in 4.5secs, 155mph, 32.1mpg, 200g/km CO2 Weight 1945kg Price £64,790

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