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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The E-Class scored a maximum five stars for occupant protection in the Euro NCAP crash tests and cars built from 2006 onwards have extra safety features including Pre-Safe. First seen in the Mercedes S-Class in 2002 this works with the stability control to adjust the seating position of the front passenger (to maximise the benefit of the airbag) as well as closing any open windows or the sunroof and activating the seatbelt pretensioners.

There are also anti-whiplash head restraints, adaptive brakes which prime themselves to act quicker in an emergency as well as provide a self-drying system (both features available in the 2003 version of the car), and a hill-hold function to prevent the car rolling backwards during hill starts.

With the rear seats in place the E-Class offers a considerable 690-litres of boot space, a figure few alternatives can match. For instance, the Audi A6 Avant has just 565 litres. The boot floor itself is wide and deep, allowing you to carry larger objects than you'd at first think possible. The rear seats fold down flat to boost the maximum space to almost 2,000 litres plus there's the option of a sliding boot floor, making loading and unloading heavy objects much easier.

It is also possible to choose rear-facing child seats for the boot.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (03-08).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Avantgarde equipment

Avantgarde standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
Avantgarde optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Classic equipment

Classic standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
Classic optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
Elegance optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav