Mercedes Benz EClass estate road test review | evo

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

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. neat. Just like the of other useful features. In it’s a cleverly conceived and space efficient car.

What’s it like to drive?

I couldn’t stand it to start It wasn’t that it was particularly and lacked any form of pizzazz – I’d that – instead it was all the nanny-ish Lane Keep Assist vibrates if you stray over a line, radar cruise to you well away from the car in Attention Assist that you to take a break and, of all, Pre-Safe Brake slams the anchors on all by itself. one nearly caused an accident at a on the A43. Luckily nearly all of can be (and were) disabled then on…

So the actual driving. it by yourself on a B-road and you won’t a blast. The diesel’s a touch at the top end, the relaxed suspension that sharp and the car just a bit unsure of itself. But do what I load up with family, roof-box and kit for a few days in Devon a pic in the gallery) and its purpose, its role crystal clear.

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.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

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 the E-Class has it licked, though.

Anything else I need to

Chris Harris has just an E250 CDI as his family wagon and it well be the best choice in the The E350 CDI I drove uses the 3.0-litre unit as the outgoing CDI, and with all the clobber on only managed 26.5mpg. The suggest the new twin turbo 250 better that by 10mpg only being 0.6secs to 60mph.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

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