Mercedes Benz EClass estate road test review evo

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The best estate car in the world. Has the new E350 CDI done enough to the title?

What is it?

A new version of long been regarded as the Best Estate Car, the E-Class estate. Although already driven the E500, the of choice isn’t the V8 petrol, but the V6 CDI diesel, prices for which at £38,045.

Technical highlights?

In a car this the technical highlights nothing to do with the engine or but the amount of space inside and how it is to use. 695 litres of boot may not mean much, but take it us, when an Audi A6 Avant has 565 and even a Volvo V70 musters 575 litres, that’s loads. when you fold the seats and figure rises to 1950 Except that you don’t the seats: pull a lever inside the rear doors and the backs stow themselves.

Very neat. Just the host of other useful In short it’s a cleverly and brilliantly space efficient

What’s it like to drive?

I stand it to start with. It that it was particularly remote and any form of pizzazz – I’d expected – instead it was all the nanny-ish warnings. Keep Assist that if you stray over a white radar cruise to keep you away from the car in front, Assist that tells you to a break and, worst of Pre-Safe Brake that the anchors on all by itself.

That one nearly caused an at a roundabout on the A43. Luckily all of them can be (and were) from then on…

So the actual Pilot it by yourself on a B-road and you have a blast. The diesel’s a coarse at the top end, the relaxed ain’t that sharp and the car feels a bit unsure of itself.

But do what I did, load up family, bikes, roof-box and kit for a few in Devon (there’s a pic in the gallery) and its its role becomes crystal


The ride is perfectly cushioned, no is permitted into the cabin, stowage for sweets, maps and and above all there’s a sense of of the car being at one with itself, as hauling kids and clobber as a 911 GT3 RS is at the It even cleans up easily a week at the beach.

It’s really hard to how to rate it as a result. From a Evo standpoint it’s a three, three-and-a-half star car, but in the family adds at least one star. I’ll hedge my and go for four.

How does it compare?

the ultimate estate car – at least the new 5-Series Touring turns up, and on experience I’d favour the Merc to that contest. Of the two already the A6 is cheaper, but long in the tooth, and the doesn’t quite have the repertoire of the E-Class. However, is one family car that could the Merc’s supremacy: the Land Discovery 4. A purpose built seater that’s arguably better thought out inside, and an air of imperious impregnability.

For pace and economy the E-Class has it though.

Anything else I to know?

Chris Harris has bought an E250 CDI as his family and it might well be the best in the range. The E350 CDI I drove the same 3.0-litre unit as the E320 CDI, and with all the on board only managed The figures suggest the new twin 250 should better that by while only being slower to 60mph.


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