Mercedes E-Class Estate (2016-present)

Space, luxury and a smooth ride: the Mercedes E-Class does it all - for those who can afford it

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Spacious interior
Smooth, comfortable ride
High-tech options

Weaknesses 

Less rear legroom than rivals
Expensive
Smaller boot than previous car
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Mercedes-Benz E Class Diesel Estate e350d 4matic amg line premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

Total RRP £55,950

Your quote £47,089

You Save £8,861

The Mercedes E-Class Estate isn’t as flashy as many other cars from the same brand, but its unassuming and subtle design covers one of the best all-round family cars on the market.

With a luxurious interior, enormous boot and more computing power than the Space Shuttle (probably), there’s barely a challenge that the E-Class Estate can’t handle.

That’s particularly true if you opt for the four-wheel drive All-Terrain version, which is raised higher off the ground so that it’s more capable on rugged dirt tracks and muddy fields.

For families who can afford the hefty price (new prices start at £36,000 and 2016 cars cost from around £28,000) it offers as much practicality as most will ever need without buying a bulky, tall sport utility vehicle (SUV).

Even so, it’s not the most spacious car in its class. Anyone upgrading from the previous-generation E-Class Estate might be surprised to learn that the car’s boot, with the rear seats down, is 130 litres smaller than its predecessor, thanks to its curvier exterior.

The current car’s 1,820 litre loadspace, with seats folded, is still cavernous and you can fit a two-metre-long box along the flat floor, or an optional third row of rear-facing seats for mini passengers under 115cm tall. But the Skoda Superb provides 1,950l of space.

What you don’t get in the Skoda is the E-Class’ decadent dashboard, which combines glossy high-definition displays with high-quality leather, metal and wood materials.

Standard equipment includes sat-nav, reversing camera, leather seats, mood lighting and bright LED headlights, but you’ll need to dig deeper, or find a used model that’s been loaded up with options, for the full experience.

That’s because the two widescreen displays, which sit next to each other on the dashboard, are optional extras. Controlled with touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel or a rotary dial by the driver’s knee, they are simple to operate while keeping your yes on the road, once you’ve learned the menu system.

Also optional on all but the top-specification cars, is Mercedes’ air suspension, which delivers a pillowy ride, gliding over broken roads and minimising leaning in corners.

It’s limousine quality smooth, whether you’re carrying a car-full of passengers or just taking your rubbish to the tip. If you can’t stretch to this, then there’s nothing wrong with the standard suspension, which will iron out undulations in the road almost as well - with just the odd jolt to remind you that you’re driving on British roads.

Optional technology helps keep the driver relaxed too; a £1,700 package enables the car to accelerate, brake and steer itself on motorways and A-roads where traffic is separated. The E-Class will even overtake by itself if you click the indicator, but you’ll need to keep your hands on the steering wheel for the majority of the time.

It’s a car that lends itself to partial self-driving technology because it’s been designed for comfort rather than fast cornering. It remains steady and level on twisty roads, but feels heavy and ponderous, so you’re better off maintaining a smooth pace.

The E-Class has two sets of Isofix points in the back for secure mounting of child seats. It also has a five star rating from the independent Euro NCAP association.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 16:00

Mercedes-Benz E Class Prices

Mercedes-Benz E Class AMG Line

e200d amg line 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,770

You could save up to: £6790

e200d amg line premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,173

You could save up to: £7182

e200d amg line premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,119

You could save up to: £7336

e220d 4matic amg line 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,431

You could save up to: £7224

e220d 4matic amg line premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,835

You could save up to: £7615

e220d 4matic amg line premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £39,781

You could save up to: £7769

e220d amg line 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,055

You could save up to: £7000

e220d amg line premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,459

You could save up to: £7391

e220d amg line premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,405

You could save up to: £7545

e350d 4matic amg line 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £43,739

You could save up to: £8316

e350d 4matic amg line premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £46,143

You could save up to: £8707

e350d 4matic amg line premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,089

You could save up to: £8861

e350d amg line 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,063

You could save up to: £8092

e350d amg line premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £44,467

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e350d amg line premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £45,413

You could save up to: £8637

Mercedes-Benz E Class SE

e200d se 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,584

You could save up to: £6441

e200d se premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,988

You could save up to: £6832

e200d se premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,934

You could save up to: £6986

e220d 4matic se 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,286

You could save up to: £6874

e220d 4matic se premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,689

You could save up to: £7266

e220d 4matic se premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,635

You could save up to: £7420

e220d se 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,870

You could save up to: £6650

e220d se premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,273

You could save up to: £7042

e220d se premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,219

You could save up to: £7196

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