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Overall reader verdict 3 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
16 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.
  • E220 CDI SE 5dr

    Steve Marston , Hampshire . Date: 02/01/2014
    • 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
      38.7

    My car

    The other reviews posted here (below) all seem to be for the old model E-Class estate. I bought mine new in May 2013 and it is the current model. I've now covered 8,000 miles and it has been a real pleasure to drive. In fact I would say it is one of the best cars that I've ever owned. It's quiet and smooth and it is surprisingly quick for a large diesel estate that weighs almost two tons. The level of standard equipment is impressive. About the only thing that it doesn't have is a sunroof. I've averaged 38.7 MPG over the past eight months on a mixture of short runs and motorway driving. On a long run I've achieved 48 MPG. I recommend the SE model mainly because the suspension is far more comfortable for day-to-day driving and it comes with a real leather interior. Unlike the AMG Sport which has much harder suspension and Mercedes man-made Artico "leather". I don't agree with the comments about the four cylinder engines being harsh. I had an Audi A6 before and that was not as good as the Mercedes engine in any respect. My only slight criticism of the E-Class is that you tend to get some rear wheel spin on quick standing starts, but again my Audi was far worse. If you are looking for a large, comfortable, executive cruiser with a cavernous boot this has to be on the list of cars to test drive.

  • E250 CDI BlueEFF. Sport 5dr

    Martyn Jones , Ayrshire . Date: 09/06/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    I bought this car in Ayr during October 2012 and the personal leasing deal was second to none. Here lies the issue. I admit that I bought on price and yes you know what I am about to say now - I then repenting at my leisure. I have owned 9 Mercedes previously and apart from the notorious rear wheel drive/automatic issue during Scottish winters (you put the car in the garage and drive your daughters VW Polo if you want to go anywhere) I have been happy. The issue - the seats. In my opinion and I can see a few comments buried in the text from other reviewers, you cannot adjust them easily and if you get the car serviced please ask the dealer NOT to move them. The main gripe is the firmness of the lower bolsters, the back rest bolsters are also a little firm to say the least, I felt like I was placing my right thigh on a very firm piece of foam with a metal bar running up the length of my leg. We experience changes physically as we get older and I guess my body (in my 50's) is not a supple as it once was, but I just could not get comfortable. The dealer did work with me to solve the issue, they fitted a new seat base, tried a cushion or we can sell you a new car, more £ per month and a C Class! The discomfort continued. So what did I do to rectify the issue? I lost £4,000 and traded the Mercedes for a very nice Audi A6 2.0L TDI S Line Avant and I am comfortable again. My experience says that I will never buy Mercedes again so make sure you test out the seat comfort thoroughly.

  • E220 CDI BlueEFF. Sport 5dr

    Matthew Price , Powys . Date: 21/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      200

    My car

    Having just bought this car within the last week I thought I would post some early thoughts. Firstly reviews I've read so far make a point of criticising the engine noise of the four cylinder diesel. This has not been an issue for me, in fact I would go so far as to say that it sounds not dissimilar to my last car, a Mercedes ML320 diesel. It certainly an excellent match when paired with the 7g tronic gearbox as on mine.

    I bought mine as a two month old Mercedes Direct vehicle with 6000 miles on the clock. I was slightly apprehensive about the change from the ML, but I have to add that although its early days, the signs are looking good.

    Of particular note equipment wise are the intelligent lighting and adaptive main beam assistants. They are quite remarkable in the way they operate and the lighting quality is second to none, seemingly melting the Tarmac with the amount of light when on main beam.

    The only concern I have and this is not confined to Mercedes alone, is the diesel particulate filter, which as the majority of my journeys are under 7 miles each way, I will need to monitor. As it states in the handbook that a run of twenty minutes will be needed on a regular basis to facilitate the cleaning process that my journeys don't allow.

    Little bit disappointed with the fuel consumption so far, averaging 47 mpg on the motorway at an average of 75 mph and currently only 25 around town. Hopefully as the miles build up and then engine beds in, this will improv

  • E220 CDI BlueEFF. Avantgarde 5dr

    George Everard Date: 07/07/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    Mine is E220CDI Executive SE – same spec. as Avantgarde + Navigation 50 APS less Xenon lights. I’ve had it 8 months/10k miles. Great leasing deal, smooth engine/auto gearbox; easy to live with- side windows stay clean & spoiler/alloys don’t easily catch kerbs; Nav is easy to use on the go when plans change & TMC avoids most traffic hold-ups; superb build quality - no visible imperfections/faults; self-levelling great for ramps/speed humps when laden; quiet at speed on most surfaces; economical on main roads (53mpg @ 60mph/48mpg @70mph); good seats; lowered suspension comfortable at speed but I’d get ‘comfort suspension’ if used mainly in town; media system great with iPod & Bluetooth phone system very clear. Not So Good: Longer than many parking spaces; need COMAND upgrade for voice control; halogen headlights not great & unlike Xenons can’t be easily switched for foreign use; Nav has 5-digit postcode entry so need road/house number; some POIs out of date; engine a bit harsh at high revs but high torque means that’s rarely needed; parking sensor LEDs look 1980’s; Parking Guidance instructs full steering lock standing still which can’t help tyre wear so I don’t use it; iPod album covers can’t be shown & DVDs are audio only without COMAND. Finally, if you want the approved tow bar then order it for factory-fitment at £675 as it’s over £2,000 with the cooling system upgrade afterwards! All-in-all a superb car that feels like it’s built to last a very long time.

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