The Mercedes E-Class Estate has always had an ace up its sleeve: space. Vast quantities of space. Indeed, in its 38 years on the market, its always been the most commodious station wagon there is.
This new sixth-generation E-Class estate continues the tradition, though the swoopy new styling means there’s a bit of give and take. With the rear seats in place, there’s an extra 25 litres of boot space, up to a whopping 670 litres. By contrast, the Audi A6 Avant only has 565 litres; the BMW 5-Series Touring, a measly 560 litres.
Rear bench folded (it splits 40/20/40), the E-Class swallows 1820 litres of stuff, down 130 litres on the outgoing car. Thank the sloping roofline for that. Still, there’s an interrupted 1.1m of floor between the rear suspension towers, making the big E the only car capable of taking a standard Europallet, claims Mercedes.
Self-levelling rear air suspension comes as standard, along with electric tailgate opening/closing and an electric load bay blind – hands-free access is optional, as is a system of load floor rails, tie-downs and luggage holders. Payload is up to 745kg depending on the model, with towing capacity of 2.1 tons.
Forward of the boot, the E-Class estate is identical to its saloon-shaped sibling. It’s a handsome Hector, and has an interior that is just about peerless, either in standard form or with the optional, stunning dual screen dashboard layout.
There’s a choice of two diesels: the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder 194bhp 220d, or the 3.0 V6, 258bhp 350d. The lone petrol option is the AMG E43 4MATIC, complete with a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 producing 401bhp and 384lb/ft of torque. Mercedes claims a 0-62mph time of 4.7secs, with top speed pegged at 155mph. 4MATIC four-wheel-drive comes as standard.
Sales are slated to begin in July; prices will be announced at that time. A seven-seat version with a pair of rear-facing seats in the boot will become available at a later date.
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By Only Motors