Which E-Class offers the best ride comfort?

I'm hoping to buy a 2 or 3 year old Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible for low mileage, fair weather driving. I like the write ups for the 350 diesel engine but the sport suspension sounds hard and I want comfort and refinement more than performance. Can I get a tweak to soften the sport set up? Would a 220 four-cylinder SE spec be any good?

Asked on 27 March 2014 by peter reilly

Answered by Honest John
The SE has 17-inch wheels with 235/45 tyres, the AMG has 18-inch wheels with 255/35 tyres and the AMG Sport has 19 wheels with 255/30 tyres. So for comfort go for an SE. But you only seem to be able to get 17-inch tyres on the E200CDI and E220CDI, otherwise you're forced into 18s. The obvious alternative (to me) is the more refined Lexus IS250 C.
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