Mercedes E-Class steps up

Mercedes has fleshed out its new E-Class range with more powerful – and expensive - models.

The volume-selling E300 breaks well into six figures but brings more gear as well as a fruity 180kW tune of the four-cylinder turbo.

But it’s the V6s that add some real spice to the E line-up.

The E400 is fun and fiery while the E43 ramps up the excitement from the same basic 3.0-litre motor, with 4Matic all-wheel drive standard.

And for fuel misers there’s the E350e plug-in hybrid, pairing a diesel donk with an electric motor.