- S-Class mimicking interior superb
- Feels like a luxury car
- Electronic instruments add further wow factor
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate’s interior is how much it looks like the uber-expensive S-Class limousine’s cabin, especially if you upgrade the E 220 d SE’s standard analogue instrumentation pod to a pair of 12.3-inch customisable displays.
They’re supremely clear and manage to look impressive without needlessly showy. You can also specify a superb head-up display system projecting key information directly only to the windscreen.
At first glance the trio of wands on the left of the steering column seem a bit complex, but you soon adapt to them, as you do the automatic gear lever mounted on the opposite side.
All-round visibility is excellent, aided by large door mirrors and the optional 360-degree camera system for precision manoeuvres in tighter spaces.
Regardless of height, drivers shouldn’t struggle to achieve a perfect seating position either, with a fine range of adjustment of both the seat and steering column.
- Spacious, comfortable cabin
- Air suspension a worthwhile feature
- Quiet interior, especially with double-glazing
Few cars are bestowed with such inherent levels of comfort as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. It barely loses anything out to its Saloon counterpart save for a slight echo from the cargo area when driving over particularly rutted or cobbled surfaces.
We would strongly recommend specifying the Air Body Control adaptive suspension option on lower-spec SE trims of E 200 d and E 220 d Estates – it is standard on the other models – for a sophisticated yet very comfortable ride quality. Being adaptive you can adjust how firm you and your passengers prefer it, varying the degree of body roll, too.
The cabin itself is as luxurious as it is spacious, all models featuring soft leather seats and a wide range of adjustment for the front two.
Rear seat passengers don’t get a raw deal either with ample room for heads, legs and elbows, although inevitably the centre passenger has less width for their posterior.
From the end of 2016 Mercedes made a pair of occasional rear-facing child seats in the boot optionally available. These accommodate two kids up to 115cm tall and fold seamlessly away into the boot floor when not required.
Those who’ve experienced the previous-generation of E-Class Estate will find the new interior especially quiet, in large part courtesy of the new engine in the E 200 d and E 220 d which is appreciably less gruff than the motor it ousted.
Depending upon the model and options you comfort will be boosted further by heated and ventilated seats, pneumatic lumbar adjustment, double-glazing and, of course, the self-driving function to reduce stress levels.