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
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