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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class (09-) Estate
17 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.
  • E250 CDI BlueEFF. Avantgarde 5dr

    Nicholas Lowther , West Sussex . Date: 18/09/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    My car is one of the last of the old models, being registered in Sep 2013. I got a great deal on the car and have never regretted my purchase. It has been totally reliable, feels securely planted to the road, is relaxing to drive, performs pretty well, is superbly equipped (far better than rivals of similar price), has a huge luggage space and has averaged just under 48mpg in a year of mixed driving. I love the technology - 10GB hard disk-drive, excellent COMAND system/sat-nav that is easy to use once used to it, auto-adjusting xenons, DAB radio, DVD player, perfectly working bluetooth (unlike most cars I have had) etc. Totally unlike other reviewers, I find the car's high quality leather (the real stuff - not Artico imitation) seats the most comfortable that I have ever experienced in a car. Downside? Not many really. It is slightly cumbersome with slowish steering, but then again it is a large estate so that's perhaps to be expected, the 2.1 litre diesel engine is not as quiet as it could be, but is fine when up to speed and the parking sensors are not brilliant. It is also a bit mean that although most of the seat functions are electric, the fore and aft movement is manual - odd. Anyway, overall a great car and I intend to keep it for a few more years.

  • E250 CDI AMG Line 5dr

    julia szajdzicka , WEST YORKSHIRE . Date: 29/07/2014
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    The most uncomfortable car I have ever driven. Seats and seat backs hard. Suspension hard. Accelerator offset at 45 degrees so right leg/hip twisted round to right with torso arms facing forwards. At the same time ridges of hard padding on the sides of the seats dig into thighs particularly on right thigh as this is at 45 degrees to reach accelerator and ridge of padding is lined up straight ahead. Ridge of padding on seat back impinges onto arms which have to be held up and out otherwise some steering is not possible. The foot rest for the left leg is lower than depressed position of accelerator pedal so while hips are twisted to the right to reach off set accelerator pedal the right leg/hip is also higher than the left OR the left foot has to support itself on tiptoe. I hired this car for the weekend prior to purchasing one which I will now not be doing. Am writing this review in the early hours after being woken by hip pain caused by the driving position in this car. Despite all the adjustments of seat position possible it is not possible to find one that is comfortable. It is very distracting to be so uncomfortable. Detracts from all the work they've done on safety.

  • E350 Bluetec AMG Line 5dr

    Robert Bourne , London . Date: 10/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    I bought a new E350 Estate in January 2014. The front passenger and driver's seat are by far the most uncomfortable in any car I have ever experienced. The infinite variations in the electronic seats make it impossible to adjust comfortably. The seats are too hard, and Mercedes has skimped on the padding The side bolsters to the seat pad have no flexibility and the back rest sent me to the consultant with a false alarm about kidney cancer. The dealer's (and Mercedes Benz customer service's) response is to say = can't make seats to fit everyone but we can sell you a new C class. My advice unless you are prepared to have the seats reupholstered (thereby avoiding the warranty) don't buy one.

  • E250 CDI AMG Line 5dr

    Mark Rees , Berkshire . Date: 24/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    I have now owned this particular 2013 (63) model for 6 months covering 5500 miles. My average fuel consumption since delivery is 37mpg with a mix of local driving but mainly motorway use. My best run measured 48mpg over 100 miles. I opted for the AMG model for its looks. The aggressive front spoiler really sets the car off and being aged 38 the SE I felt was for the older gentlemen. The air suspension really helps with the ride of which is very comfortable. I also particularly like Alcantara seats rather than full leather but it is a shame the Alcantara is synthetic and not as hard wearing as the real material. I have 3 dogs of which are swallowed up by the huge boot on this load lugger. The electric boot lid is very handy indeed. I have always had an Audi with my last model being the Q7. This car is every bit as good as the Q7 but with much better economy. I also opted for the service pack which helps with the running costs of the vehicle over 3 years before I change my car again. If ownership continues like it is now I will certainly stick with Mercedes. I have had the privacy glass added to the vehicle as I carry dogs but I also think it improves the looks considerably. I had mine carried out independently as it is twice the price on the Mercedes options list. Other than that, the standard vehicle has such a high specification there really is little need to visit the options list. If I had a spare £1800 I would opt for the upgraded headlights but is not necessary.

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