Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (10 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
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Unlike several of its competitors, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate has never been subjected to 'lifestyle' branding in the UK. It has consistently been known as an 'Estate' and has always been excellent for carrying large loads.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (10 on)
  • Elegant styling
  • Enormous luggage volume
  • Quality feel
  • Well laid out dash
  • Superb refinement
  • Four-cylinder diesel seems noisy
  • Smaller petrols somewhat lacklustre

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£36,060 - £46,560

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Used price range:

£9,710 - £34,553

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Unlike several of its competitors, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate has never been subjected to 'lifestyle' branding in the UK. It has consistently been known as an 'Estate' and has always been excellent for carrying large loads.

This version, launched in 2009 and facelifted in 2013, carries on these virtues. Mercedes-Benz has also tackled some of the issues that made the previous model less appealing to some buyers.

This E-Class should be a far more reliable car than its predecessor and it also has a more robust feel to the interior along with improved handling. It looks competitive on price compared with premium alternatives plus there are versions that will be more attractive to company car drivers.

Wide range of engines

There are some good engines available, including the excellent E220 CDi which appeals to fleet drivers and the E350 or E500 variants which are aimed at those wanting more performance. Most models come equipped with the firm’s excellent seven-speed automatic gearbox, although some lower-powered models can be ordered with a six-speed manual if that’s what you’re after.

safety takes precedence

As with all Mercedes-Benz cars, there’s a strong focus on safety. You’d expect a five star Euro NCAP evaluation, but on top of that there’s features such as ESP, Pre-safe (which primes the car if it senses a crash is likely), Attention Assist (which advises the driver to take a break if it senses drowsiness) and a plethora of optional systems such as night vision and automatically dimming high beam headlights.

Facelift in 2013

In 2013 a major facelift was applied to the E-Class estate. A new front headlamp system with a single lamp replacing the twin lamps is the most noticeable change.

The trims have been altered, with the two choices now SE and AMG Sport. The engines have been given quite an overhaul too, with a hike in efficiency across the range.

Safety kit was also bolstered in the facelift – features such as Collision Prevention Assist, which senses and can brake for an impending crash (either mitigating the effect of, or totally preventing, the accident) are now standard across the range.

To find out exactly what the latest version of this capable estate is like and how it compares against the likes of the BMW 5-Series Touring and the Audi A6 Avant, read on for our full Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate review.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying new

3 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Enormous amounts of space, without feeling like a van.  

5 out of 5

James Glen ,   01 Oct 2014    ... read more

 Vast load space and air suspension at the rear enable flexible, uncomplicated and uncompromised performance regardless of activity.  

4 out of 5

Marcus Hall ,   21 Aug 2013    ... read more

 Two extra seats in the boot and built in child seats.  

5 out of 5

Andy Brennan ,   26 Apr 2013    ... read more

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