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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.
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Even this entry-level Sport trim is brimming with kit. You get cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, two-zone climate control, 17in alloy wheels, ambient lighting, heated front seats, four-way electric front seats with lumbar adjustment, leather seat trim, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, LED headlights, automatic lights and wipers, a 12.3in digital instrument screen, a 12.3in infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring, sat-nav, wireless phone-charging and a host of safety aids, including traffic sign recognition and blind-spot monitoring. If you want any extras you have to jump up a trim because you cannot add options.
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.
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