Isn’t it odd how turning a saloon into an estate can totally alter a car’s appeal? It is just a bit more boot space, after all.

For me this was exactly what happened with the Mercedes E-class, which we road tested this week in E350 CDI estate form. I have driven the equivalent saloon and it’s great, but from a completely subjective point of view I find it wholly uninteresting.

Mercedes E350 CDI estate road test - read the full review

I may even have suggested to some well-respect journos that the E-class was too middle-aged, and that the XF was much more interesting, which caused some consternation (possibly more about who I was calling middle-aged than about the cars) but that goes to prove how un-scientific my preference of premium saloon is.

I don’t deny that the E-class is brilliantly put together, comfortable, has a great range of engines and does all the things that an E-class needs to do. But I still look at the saloon and feel little personal interest (E63 AMG aside).