What is it?
It’s the latest weapon in the impressive arsenal of Mercedes’ new E-class: the estate. We recently concluded that the E-class saloon has a (very narrow) edge over BMW’s latest 5-series, the first time it has enjoyed that status in a fair fight in over 20 years. And now the wagon – arguably the strongest variant – is starting to fill dealerships.
And believe me, it will fill them to bursting point. This latest E-class estate is even longer than its predecessor, at 4895mm long and 2071mm wide, including mirrors. It’s not made for nipping in and out of high street parking bays, in other words.
Still, the trade-off for this bulk is a class-leading load capacity. With the rear seats up, the boot capacity is 695 litres, but lowering them yields a vast 1950 litres. Oh, and there’s another 112 litres under the boot floor on top of (or underneath) that.
The price you pay for this is a premium of £1750 over the equivalent saloon – which seems fair for the extra practicality.
What’s it like??
There’s got to be a catch to all these positives, right? No. In pretty much every way – from the less awkward looks to its even more planted feel – the estate is the pick of the E-class range.