British motoring journalists followed their Irish counterparts by voting the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class the UK Car of the Year Awards 2017.
Having already been awarded the accolade of Best Executive Car when the category winners were announced at the beginning of January, the E-Class has added to the triumph by sealing victory in the overall vote. Further success for the German manufacturer came as its S-class cabriolet won the Best Cabriolet category.
“Mercedes-Benz has a long history of creating impressive saloon cars and the new E-Class continues this trend and raises the bar in the executive vehicle sector," said John Challen, director of the UK Car of the Year Awards. "Stunning inside and out, it takes driver and passengers into the realms of luxury. The level of technology, and the attention to detail at your fingertips is astounding.
Fellow director, Alisdair Suttie, added: “The E-Class has it all and does it very well. Refinement, comfort and style that mean you want for nothing else.”
Commenting on Mercedes-Benz’s success in the UK Car of the Year Awards, Krishan Bodhani, head of smart and product management, Mercedes-Benz Cars, commented: “The E-Class is one of our core models; it’s at the very heart of our brand. When we unveiled the all-new car last year it showcased a host of innovative technology which makes it one of the most advanced cars in its segment. Together with its modern, comfortable cabin the E-Class presents a very desirable package – it’s great to see it getting the recognition it deserves.”
The UK Car of the Year jury was only too quick to highlight the E-Class strengths. Top Gear’s Tom Ford said: “The E-Class reigns supreme: endlessly entertaining interior, top-notch quality, comforting and comfortable dynamics.” David Ross, editor of HonestJohn.co.uk, added: “If you’re looking for a near perfect car – surely this is it. The E-Class is just sublime. Comfortable, quiet and quick – it’s a very easy car to love.”
Fleet World’s Alex Grant claimed the Mercedes was “a technological showcase”. “Beautifully built and a pleasure to drive, wherever your journey takes you, the E-Class resets the executive class benchmarks,” he added. Finally, The Telegraph’s Paul Hudson concluded: “Class, comfort and quality with a good range of engines.”
In the overall category, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class triumphed over the Volvo V90 and Jaguar F-Pace which finished in joint second place, with Hyundai’s IONIQ and the Ford Focus RS in joint third.