I agree about style. It's very low on my priority list or we wouldn't have driven Mercedes for the last nineteen years.
In fact, if reliabiliby wasn't my overriding priority, I'd probably still be driving BMW's.
My current car is a '91 300E which has turned out to be something special. I've been driving it all these years dispite a real dislike of the styling forward of the A-piller.
However, the choice of Mercedes is no longer so clear cut as it used to be so I have no problem with my wife looking at some alternatives that might be more appealing to her.