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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On top of the AMG Line Edition, this adds adaptive LED headlights and a gesture-controlled powered boot lid.
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This 326bhp 2.9-litre straight-six diesel engine is a real treat. It sounds great and fires you along on a wave of torque that makes it effortlessly quick. When you give it some beans, it hits 0-62mph in 5.3sec. Officially it averages more than 40mpg but expect in the region of 35mpg on a motorway run.
Competitive in lots of areas but not outstanding
Estate has bland handling and average performance, but majors...