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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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14 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.
  • E320 CDI Avantgarde 5dr

    Steven Purvis Date: 23/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Excellent in all respects apart from running costs. Servicing is a bit on the steep side but what do you expect. Brake pad life seems short but a heavy automatic car is never easy on these.

    Over 25,000 miles to date in the UK & Europe and not a single problem, around 38/40mpg depending on speed & load. A couple of recalls to deal with battery charging issues and a brake safety check but actually experienced neither. This car is built for charging autobahns and the huge torque coupled with high gearing means effortless long distance cruising at high average speed. Drove to Milan & back with the greatest of ease.

    Not really a town car though: too big and heavy for urban use.

  • E320 CDI Avantgarde 5dr

    Chris Harrison Date: 30/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What an amazing disappointment this car is - it's a piece of automotive 'bling'.

    Mercedes cannot offer any worse service than one would get from buying a mainstream car and probably worse. They just do not seem to care.

    I had my car stacked up with plenty of toys (dynamic comfort seats with air-conditioning, distronic radar cruise control, full leather seats, parking sensors and so on).

    The car sounds like a tractor and I have lost count of the comments from strangers at the noise. It drives like a barge and the lag from the diesel engine becomes very annoying.

    The build quality is not up to the premium price tag. The gear surround had a dent in it when delivered. How can this get past quality control? As for recalls, I have to wonder if the car was built in deepest Siberia by workers paid with Vodka.

    Running costs are horrendous, and service costs are difficult to manage because of the variable service intervals. The last service fleeced me for nearly £600.

    As for the extras, if you really must buy a Mercedes, think carefully. These extras are expensive and some do not function anywhere near effectively. The air-conditioning in the seats is just about useless and the massage function almost invisible to the touch. Distronic cruise control is not bad, but it does not work in heavy rain at all. Also, it occasionally gets flustered and suddenly loses track and speeds up to the rear of the vehicle in front.

    If you have money to burn... then do so and

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