It's not cheap, but the Mercedes E-Class Estate is classy and impressively refined. It's also generally comfortable, easy to drive, well equipped and a compelling option in the luxury estate car sector. Crucially, its boot beats the BMW 5 Series Touring's and Volvo V90's for luggage room, although the V90 does have more spacious rear seats. The E300de plug-in hybrid has the best fuel economy of any equivalent PHEV once the battery is depleted.
The trimSee full equipment
On top of the AMG Line Edition, this adds adaptive LED headlights and a gesture-controlled powered boot lid.
The engineSee full engine specs
The idea of a 2.0-litre petrol engine might appeal, but it's nowhere as economical as the E220d diesel and not as gutsy so you have to rev it harder. Ultimately, it's just as quick, with 0-62mph in 7.7sec.
Estate has bland handling and average performance, but majors...
Competitive in lots of areas but not outstanding