By far the most controversial aspect of the E-Class’s design was its styling when it was introduced back in 2009 as the W212. The angular twin front headlights in particular were singled out for criticism. So when its mid-life refresh appeared there was no great surprise to notice the car looked radically different.
Of course it’s not practical to completely restyle a car half way through its product cycle but the E-Class is here to show you don’t need new doors, bonnets or roofs to comprehensively alter a car’s appearance.
By reverting to single lamps, designing a sharper bumper and replacing the old multi-element traditional Mercedes grille with a simple twin strut design an effect that is both dramatic and for the better has been achieved.
The result is still not a gorgeous car in quite the same way as an A6, but its attractive enough and certainly no longer provides an active reason not to consider an E-Class. Saloons and estates also get a mildly reprofiled rear end with new light clusters too. Inside all Es the differences between pre and post facelift cars are too small to delay us further here.
It's still a very traditional looking Mercedes, perhaps the most traditional of all now the S-Class looks a little more funky than once it did. It sits on an uncommonly long wheelbase with a long rear overhang that turns into a vast cavern when estate bodywork is fitted.