What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Refined, stylish, and impressively spacious

Against Running costs; reliability questions

Verdict A great estate car with bags of class

Go for… E280 CDI Avantgarde

Avoid… E500 Sport

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
  • 1. The Mercedes is one of the best estates available, with up to 1950 litres of boot space and easy-to-fold rear seats
  • 2. The majority of E-Class examples are automatics; manuals are less desirable unless fitted to the smaller-capacity engines
  • 3. Only consider a petrol model if it’s cheap and you don’t intend to cover many miles
  • 4. The automatic gearbox can be temperamental and, in the worst cases, owners could face a substantial replacement fee
  • 5. Some E-Class suffer mystery electrical issues, which can affect anything from the alarm to the parking sensors. The tailgate mechanism can also cause problems
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