But it is the Drive Pilot function that is the most futuristic and moves the E-Class closer to a self-driving car than any other in its range. The system operates the car’s brakes and accelerator and will steer the car, keeping it in its lane. It also has the capability to follow the traffic in front at speeds of up to 210kmh. Where lines on the road are faded or missing, it will still continue to follow but at a reduced speed.Safety is a key component in all Mercedes and the new E-Class is no exception. A raft of safety features is offered, including the Pre-Safe Sound system, which plays a high-pitched note to protect its occupants’ inner ears in a crash.There is also a host of crash-avoidance features, including a system that moves the driver or front passenger away from danger to minimise the impact of a side impact collision and an automatic emergency-braking system.The model line-up now consists of three style and equipment lines – Avantgarde, Exclusive and AMG. Standard equipment includes: full leather; seat comfort pack; active brake assist; reversing camera; ambient lighting; nine-speed automatic; satellite navigation; keyless start; LED performance lights; parking pilot; heated seats; driver attention assist and remote online.