2004 MercedesBenz EClass Estate review Car Reviews by Car Enthusiast

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If you need a large load estate, but don’t want to on image there really are few on the marketplace at present. Audi’s A6 is a car; capable and good too; however, it may not have last ounce of breeding in this rarefied sector. 5-series Touring presses all the and ticks all the boxes in our eyes, but its divide opinion, and many will more likely to its German rival, the E-class reviewed here.

The E-class range is a diverse one, at as little as Ј29,000, rising to for the E55 AMG — the fastest estate car in at the time of writing. Our test car is mid at Ј37,375 (not including the I’ll mention later). (E220 CDI) and five-cylinder CDI) diesel variants are available, and the derv range is now by a 272bhp V6 (E350). The E320 CDI an inline six featuring the latest high-pressure common rail system.

The headline power figure is a of 204bhp at 4200rpm, backed up by a 376lb.ft of torque available 1600rpm to 2800rpm. At the price, car competes closely with the Touring.

Given that the BMW we was in Sport guise, the E-class pictured should not be compared too In Elegance trim, the E-class is and quite traditional in the use of materials, if not the and design itself. Externally, the is a striking car, but could be described as pretty.

The saloon has elegance, but in my view, the Estate is imposing. There is no doubting its though, with the prominent star on the bonnet, and classy

Despite the prolific use of wood, I did get on the E-class’ interior. The wood come in big square slabs, but in swathes of burr walnut the swoopy dashboard. The leather is a must for resale, but adds to the purchase price; as you’d it is of high quality. Using in an interior can give an old-fashioned to a car, but Mercedes-Benz has done with the E-class, as there is a of technology neatly integrated.

there are a lot of individual buttons to be so it is not surprising to see that Mercedes-Benz has a new system called COMAND in the new akin to BMW’s I-drive. To be an owner of any car soon gets to the position and function of every so criticisms can only really be at the appearance, and we liked the layout of the interior.

Style aside, the cockpit has of space, and the huge cargo has space for bags. The E-class is a car so this is not surprising. Our test car was with an electrically operated floor to go along with the blind to shield your from prying eyes.

The volume available betters its but the downside is a large rear


Many buyers in the target will have already that the E-class is for them they even take a drive, but we were keen to get the large steering wheel to see how the compares with the supposedly BMW 5-series. First off, we the steering surprisingly heavy in the but not actually endowed with a lot of despite modestly profiled The brake pedal initially has an inconsistent feel, but the stoppers are flawless, hauling the big Estate from high speed and again without much which bodes well for heavy loads.

Leave the horsebox, family and at home though and you may discover a good car to cover ground There was no doubt that the engine had the guts to shift the 1885kg bulk of the Estate, and it doesn’t feel rapid standstill, it gathers speed at an pace to BMW’s 535d, seemingly little effort. is the same high engine injector noise, but this is not at all Come to a tight corner, on those impressive brakes and in and the E-class just goes it’s told. Turn and try it again without traction turned on and this large can be hustled through with aplomb.

Mercedes-Benz doesn’t allow disengagement of its electronic nannies, but so you’d be surprised just how side slip can be generated to the low-down grunt of the engine.

It ludicrous to even talk such a car in this way, but the is a competent car in most situations. It not quite engage as much as the (even compared against the version), but it is certainly as capable, and as importantly to its buyers, as safe. We a little disappointed though to that the car’s ride was a compromised to this end, it could not be described as uncomfortable.

If you are by fuel bills or company car tax you are likely to choose a petrol-engined but the diesel versions offer a driving experience as well as though remember that engine still has to lug a large car and for that reason we averaged 27mpg in a week with the As for prestige, that is in no doubt. The is a Mercedes-Benz in all the right ways.


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