First drive MercedesBenz EClass Estate Car Reviews by Car Enthusiast

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is back on its throne as the builder of the executive estate with its new which offers massive of room with impressive and quality

In the Metal

It doesn’t a huge leap of imagination to out what the E-Class Estate like: it’s an E-Class with a large box — a finely crafted large box grafted on to the rear quarters. The end is identical to the saloon’s, while the doors are reshaped to blend in the raised and extended roofline. At the large side windows with excellent visibility, the tailgate swings open in all models to reveal a wide, opening. Inside is a massive bay of 695 litres with the rear in use, or they can be dropped at the of a lever set into the rear to free up 1,950 litres.

The rear seats are 60/40 and there’s no need to remove or tip seat bases to drop the rear seat backs, the only minor niggle the seats don’t fold to a completely flat load

For all occupants, space is every bit as as in the E-Class saloon and the dash is the return to Merc’s familiar classy and functional design and

What you get for your Money

from enough space to the boot out as a desirable one bedroom the E-Class Estate comes the same revised trim as the saloon. This means SE, and Sport models, with keen to push manual in all models more than it has in the The reason for this is that misses out on a lot of sales that BMW and scoop up. More importantly, tells us that the new E-Class represents a Ј1,400 saving the previous model courtesy of levels of equipment.

This includes the Easy-Pack tailgate and easy release seat levers, self-levelling air suspension, alloy wheels, front seats, parking and Bluetooth connection. The Avantgarde larger alloys, LED daytime lights, leather seats and lowered suspension. Go for the Sport and it comes with an AMG body kit and and sports suspension.

Driving it

about the biggest compliment we can pay the E-Class Estate is that it just like the saloon. levels are very impressive and the of a large open space the rear seats has done to undermine how quiet the cabin is at any There’s barely a whisper road, wind or tyres and the is the ideal car for any family to travel in for a holiday destination.

The flip side of this is the Estate is, like the saloon, not as crisp to drive as a BMW 5 Series

However, we like the delineation the BMW and Merc as it offers buyers a choice and the E-Class has regained its held ground as the hushed for anyone who values peace and over cut and thrust. That the E-Class Estate handles measured aplomb, grips in corners and remains stable at speeds on the motorway. The steering has weight to its action, if not much and the E-Class is easy to slot parking spaces thanks to a tight turning circle for a large car.

There’s a the same lengthy list of safety equipment fitted to the Estate as the saloon, including the system that braces the car and its if it senses an impending accident.


Mercedes is hoping more will choose manual for the new E-Class Estate, but we only autos during our time the car. We’d be tempted by the as it’s marvellously slick and from one ratio to the next imperceptible changes. From the launch in January, it comes 170- and 204bhp versions of the turbodiesel with six-speed or five-speed auto ‘boxes, or the 1.8-litre in the E 250 CGI with a five-speed There’s also a 3.5-litre V6 with 292bhp and Merc’s 5.4-litre V8 that pounds out

Both of these larger units use a seven-speed auto as A 184bhp 1.8-litre turbo arrives in February 2010 five-speed self-shifter and a 211bhp 3.0 V6 coupled to a seven-speed auto in June — with BlueTec low-emissions technology. All of the new Estate’s engines from are ‘BlueEfficiency’ motors, producing emissions and better economy the models they replace the previous generation E-Class

Worth Noting

For such a estate car, carbon emissions of 150g/km for the E 220 CDI model with a manual gearbox are commendable. Coupled to 49.6mpg economy, this makes the new Estate a very attractive for company car drivers looking to out of their existing executive or wagon — or reduce tax burden from an SUV. The of the E-Class Estate engine is also very competitive it comes to emissions and economy, so and BMW have a real fight on hands.


Mercedes is to doing big, executive the way it’s always done granite build quality, comfort and the sort of boot you can loose the family dog in. With the new Estate’s clever touches and — such as the Easy-Pack seat folding and electrically tailgate — practicality is to none. Admittedly, the E-Class will not set your pulse with the way it handles, but it’s comfortable, refined and just many buyers are looking for in an load mover.

With excellent emissions and the new E-Class Estate is now the first in its sector.

Alisdair Suttie 16 Oct 2009


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