What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For This refined, classy estate drives as well as the saloon and takes huge loads

Against Very little, but the manual gearbox doesn't suit the car, so stick to automatics

Verdict Upmarket, comfortable executive car that's also very practical

Go for… E280 CDI Avantgarde

Avoid… 200K

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
  • 1. The loadbay is huge - far bigger than that of an Audi A6 Avant or BMW 5 Series Touring
  • 2. The cabin is solidly screwed together and should stay rattle-free
  • 3. If you want a diesel, avoid the E320 CDI (which can occasionally suffer starting problems) in favour of the E270CDi
  • 4. The basic Classic trim has enough toys for most, so there's no need to buy anything dearer
  • 5. There are some electrical problems with the automatic gearbox, so make sure it works smoothly before you buy
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