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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.
  • 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Xenons can’t be easily switched for foreign use; Nav has 5-digit postcode entry so need road/house number; some POIs out of date; engine a bit harsh at high revs but high torque means that’s rarely needed; parking sensor LEDs look 1980’s; Parking Guidance instructs full steering lock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.

  • E200 CGI BlueEFF. SE 5dr

    Tony Kemp , Surrey . Date: 21/06/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37.7

    My car

    Firstly the model I have is not listed here but it's the E220 Executive SE which I have to say is great value for money including things like Audio 50 which is a quality radio and sat nav combination. I upgraded this for £600 to the full Ucommand system with Lingatronics voice command and I find the voice control a great safety feature as I can use the sat nav, change the radio or telephone without moving my hands from the wheel. The interior of this car is very comfortable although I do find the bolsters on the seat a little uncomfortable if you have something in your back pocket like change. The drive is great and I have already clocked up 1600 miles in about 3 weeks of owning the vehicle as I just love to drive it. I will say though on rough roads the lowered suspension can be a bit hard so I would seriously recommend the comfort suspension if ride quality is important to you. Of course the lowered suspension does improve the handling of the vehicle as you would suspect. The leg room and comfort in the rear is very good and passengers will enjoy the ride. The boot is very versatile with a crate and floor organiser that can be used for holding items like a laptop bag, umbrella etc very well and stops them roling around. Of course this cars best part is the size of the boot, the only thing to add is if you cant fit it in here you need a van. The running costs are very good and I have averaged 38 MPG but lets just say I do like to drive my cars.

  • E220 CDI BlueEFF. Avantgarde 5dr

    Peter Taylor , N E Lincs . Date: 02/05/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      36.1

    My car

    Best car I ever had, excellent attention to detail in almost everything except for the SatNav. Here I am disapointed as it does not accept the full UK postcodes, only te first 4 digits, gets you to the town but not the street that has to be found and entered manually. Otherwise, the car has been reliable and no issues in 18 months. Does not achieve the combined cycle MPG, average is 36.1 mpg.

    Overall - very good car, lots of space and comfort

  • E220 CDI BlueEFF. Sport 5dr

    George Everard Date: 14/04/2012
    • 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
      39

    My car

    Great car. Mine is 'Executive SE' which is not listed. First car I've owned in 25 years where after 6000 miles I cannot find anything less than perfect in terms of build quality. Handling is better than expected, and performance is good. 7gTronic+ auto can be reluctant to change down but torque is so good it doesn't really matter. Seats are comfortable for me and I'm growing to really love the car. Motorways are it's natural habitat where the ride quality and lack of wind noise are noticeable. Mine has the firmer suspension which helps handling but I'd probably go for the Comfort Suspension next time to make it a little softer in town, though its still comfortable. Nativation 50 APS is standard but has 5 digit postcode entry only. I use it daily and find as long as I have the road and house number then its no problem. The traffic system usually works well routing around blockages too. A TomTom would probably do more for a lot less but it's so convenient and fast to use that I'd definately have it again. Music interface works well with my iPod & USB stick and I find music quality very good. Slight niggles are: central display can't show outside temperature at same time as mpg figures; parktonic LEDs look outdated; visibility from standard headlight system is not great (I would go for adaptive light system next time); whilst economy is great on motorways (48mpg) it drops a lot in town (35mpg). All told this is a spacious, comfortable car which feels like its built to last.

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