- E 200 d and E 220 d claim 67.3mpg
- AMG models are dearest to run
- Strong residual values expected
You don’t buy a large, premium-badged wagon expecting running costs to be low, but that’s exactly what you get with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, particularly if you stick with the entry-level E 200 d and E 220 d.
Their 2.0-litre diesel engine has a claimed efficiency of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km in E 220 d guise, yet it produces an impressive 194hp. This easily makes it the pick of the range for us.
If you crave something sportier, then the Mercedes-AMG E 43, E 63 and E 63 S all depreciate far worse than the diesels. Expect to pay for the performance privilege in fuel, too: official figures put E 43 at 32.5mpg and 197g/km of CO2 so best avoid that one unless your pockets are on the deeper end of the scale. The E 63 and E 63 S are worse still, at 30.1mpg/214g/km for either model.
As ever with Mercedes estates, expect strong resale values, especially if you stick to the E 220 d and specify sensible options.
- Low 109g/km of CO2 for smaller diesels
- AMG E 43 most polluting at 197g/km
- All feature start/stop to reduce emissions
Despite the 4,933mm length of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate it is possible to buy one with impressively low CO2 emissions, even without a hybrid powertrain.
With emissions of just 109g/km of CO2, both the E 200 d and E 220 d lead the way for the range and is the one to go for to minimise running costs all round, not just VED car tax.
Steer clear of all AMG models if this is a concern.
- Reliability expected to be strong
- Newer electronics shouldn’t pose a problem
- Fresh 2.0-litre diesel likely to be bulletproof
It’s too early to have a clear idea about how bulletproof reliability of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate will be but it’s fair to say most of the electronics and mechanical components on board are already seeing service in other models.
While it’s unlikely to prove to be a problem, the 2.0-litre diesel in the E 200 d and E 220 d is the company’s newest powerplant but it has been painstaking developed over the past few years so we’re not envisaging anything traumatic there.
So far there have been no VOSA vehicle inspectorate recalls for the E-Class range and we’ve found no anecdotal evidence of inherent problems with this car.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,492 - £2,238 *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,045 - £1,418 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|Diesel/PlugIn Elec Hybrid||44 g/km (Min)||£455|
|4.0 Petrol||246 g/km (Max)||£465|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||
£20 - £465
See tax rates for all versions
28 - 49
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.