Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 8.4" high resolution display
  • Analogue clock
  • Attention assist
  • Boot release from drivers seat
  • Brake wear warning light
  • Dynamic drive mode selector
  • Easy-pack tailgate - Powered opening/closing automatically
  • Hill hold assist
  • Instrument cluster - two tube design round dials and 8.4" TFT multifunction display
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Park assist pilot with front and rear park assist
  • Remote boot release
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Stop/start system

Entertainment

  • 2 usb ports in centre console
  • Aerial integrated in rear window
  • Audio 20 with USB, control wheel and Media Interface with Bluetooth interface and hands-free function
  • Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • LED High Performance including integral LED daytime running lamps
  • LED rear lights
  • Polished aluminium upper window surround
  • Polished aluminium waistline
  • Radiator grille with integral star and 2 louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • Visible twin exhaust tailpipe in bumper

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke nappa leather steering wheel
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
  • Ambient lighting
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Chrome door pins
  • Folding shopping box
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door sills with Mercedes lettering
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
  • Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
  • Heated front seats
  • Interior rear light/integral reading lights
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Leather upholstery
  • Lockable/illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
  • Storage compartment with 12V socket in centre console
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Packs

  • Interior lighting pack - E Class
  • Keyless Go comfort pack - E Class
  • Memory pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • Seat comfort pack - E Class
  • Stowage pack - E Class Estate

Safety

  • 'Childproof' rear door locks
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Black seat belts
  • Driver and passenger side/thorax airbags
  • Driver/front passenger airbag
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Hill start assist
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Seat occupancy sensor
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key

Wheels

  • Tyre fit with tyre inflation compressor

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

161

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

70

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1991

Compression Ratio

9.8:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

83

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

92

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

9 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

39.8

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

48.7

EC Urban (mpg)

30.4

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

184

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

SE Premium Plus

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

29E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

30

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

77

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

15500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.1

Engine Power - BHP

184

Engine Power - KW

135

Engine Power - RPM

5500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

221

Engine Torque - MKG

30.6

Engine Torque - NM

300

Engine Torque - RPM

1200

Top Speed

144

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/55 R17

Tyre Size Rear

225/55 R17

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

5 SPOKE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1475

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4933

Wheelbase

2939

Width

1852

Width (including mirrors)

2065

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

2385

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1820

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

640

Max. Loading Weight

660

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

2100

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1725

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.6

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

Before this tenth generation E-Class Estate appeared, the Mercedes of executive station wagons was perceived as a practical but slightly over-sensible choice in this sector. These days though, it's a much smarter choice - in more ways than one. Today, it feels like a car that's pricey but which offers a compelling value proposition. It drives with genuine polish, yet is capable of stepping from cruiser to carouser without breaking a sweat. Operating the car is relatively easy and you rarely feel as if this Mercedes is imposing its will on you, unlike certain rivals we could mention. The abiding impression is that this is a very carefully considered vehicle, developed by a company steeped in a proud engineering tradition. If you want to carry properly hefty loads in a car of this kind yet want to do so with more than a modicum of style, this is one to place right up there with its premium rivals. Better by design.

Background

It used to be that if you wanted a large, plush practical estate, you bought a big Volvo. For some years now though, that role has been only fully filled by the Mercedes E-Class Estate. Rivals trade space for a bit of style but this car continues to prioritise practicality, with 670-litres of room on offer even before you start folding seats. This tenth generation E-Class Estate of course enjoys all the advantages developed for its saloon counterpart, a car offering efficient engines, astonishing technology and luxurious comfort. There are also cutting-edge driver assistance features even allow owners to take a step closer to fully autonomous driving.

Driving Experience

On the move, you quickly find that Mercedes has achieved an excellent balance between comfort, refinement and agility with this E-Class Estate. It's as happy easing through town as it is covering great highway distances - but then you'd expect that. More surprising is how at home it feels on twistier roads, particularly if you've got a model fitted with the impressive 'AIR BODY CONTROL' pneumatic suspension that can be fine-tuned with the 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes controller. More technology is provided by the optional 'DRIVE PILOT' system that when activated, allows the car to pretty much drive itself, working with the adaptive cruise control and active steering systems to keep the E-Class rolling in its chosen lane at any chosen speed up to 130mph. On to engines - and the key ones will be the two diesels that almost all buyers will want. There's a 258bhp 3.0-litre six cylinder diesel unit fitted to the E350d, the variant that's also available in 'All-Terrain' form with a slightly raised ride height and off road styling cues. Most E-Class Estate customers will prefer the 194bhp four cylinder powerplant installed in the volume E220d variant and available with either two or four wheel drive. This all-new 2.0-litre engine is right up there with the best in class for refinement and is also offered in 150bhp E200d guise. Even when pressed hard, it refuses to be noisy or harsh, which all adds to the luxury feel. There's also the option of a Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC petrol version with 401bhp, a car capable of rest to 62mph in just 4.7s.

Design and Build

Despite this model's sleeker looks, with a capacity of 670 to 1820-litres, the E-Class Estate's load compartment is one of the biggest in the segment. As standard, the rear bench seat has new cargo-related functionality: it is possible to position the backrest at an approximately 10-degree steeper angle. This creates an additional 30 litres of cargo volume while continuing to enable full use to be made of five seats. In addition, the rear seat backrest folds down in a 40:20:40 split as standard, opening up plenty of potential configurations between transport capacity and seats. To release the backrests, there are electric switches located in the load compartment and to the right and left next to the backrests. The developers paid particular attention to practical dimensions and innovative management of the load space: for instance, the new E-Class Estate is one of the few car models that can accommodate a Europallet. With a minimum load compartment width between the wheel arches of 1100 millimetres, it was possible to retain the preceding model's very good measurement. If you want to carry extra people, there's the option of a rear-facing folding bench seat for children that makes this car into a full seven-seater. The proven combined cargo cover and net is back, offering both security from prying eyes and safety. The EASY-PACK tailgate provided as part of the standard equipment can be opened and closed very easily at the touch of a button for comfortable loading and unloading. Operation is electromechanical. We'd also want the optional EASY-PACK load-securing kit which allows the load compartment to be used in a versatile and safe manner.

Market and Model

Expect to allow a premium of just under £2,000 over the saloon model, which means pricing starting from around £38,000 for E-Class Estate ownership. Overall, that's pretty competitive against rivals like the Audi A6 Avant and the BMW 5 Series Touring. There's a choice of either standard 'SE' trim or, for around £2,500 more, a sportier 'AMG Line' package. Even in 'SE' guise, the standard specification is as complete as you'd have a right to expect for the prices being asked. All models feature a Garmin Map Pilot navigation system with a 8.4-inch display, Parktronic parking sensors with a reversing camera and a Park Pilot self-parking system. There's also leather upholstery with heated front seats, LED headlights and taillights, 64-colour selectable LED interior lighting, two-zone automatic climate control, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with dual touchpads, electrically folding mirrors and 17-inch wheels (or 18-inchers on the E350d). The 'AMG Line' models come with AMG exterior styling including unique bumpers and side skirts, larger 19-inch alloy wheels, perforated front brake discs, a three-spoke AMG steering wheel and Artico leather and Dynamica microfiber upholstery with a seat comfort package. All E350d models come with Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension as standard, as well as COMAND satellite navigation with 12.3-inch display and remote online services. Safety-wise, there's a 'Collision Prevention Assist Plus' autonomous emergency braking system, plus a 'Pre-Safe' anticipatory safety system (including 'Pre-Safe Sound', which helps prevent damage to hearing).

Cost of Ownership

There's not much of a running cost penalty for choosing an E-Class Estate over the saloon version. And it helps that the focus on economical four-cylinder models has meant that the average cost of running an E-Class has tumbled. Mercedes even trumpets the V6 E43 AMG model as the most efficient powerplant of its type. That new 2.0-litre biturbo diesel engine in the volume E220d model makes all the difference. Expect 67.3mpg on the combined cycle and 109g/km. Quite an improvement. If you go for the six cylinder E350d diesel, it's a similar story. This variant manages 52.3mpg and 140g/km. For completion, we'll also give you the figures for the E43 4MATIC AMG variant. Here, the combined fuel figure is 33.6mpg and the CO2 return 192g/km. And otherwise? Well this model series is designed for the long haul. This car will easily out-last you, one reason why all-important residual values have traditionally been strong with diesel and lower-order petrol engines. Unless you do something silly like specify an overly bright colour scheme, you can expect to get over 60% of your initial purchase price back after three years.