Mercedes E-Class Estate review

Category: Estate car

Section: Interior

Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 front cornering
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 rear cornering
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 front left cornering
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 rear left cornering
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior front seats
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 boot open
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 front cornering
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 rear cornering
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 front left cornering
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 rear left cornering
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior front seats
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Driving position and dashboard
  • Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
  • Sat nav and infotainment
  • Quality

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

The driver's seat of the Mercedes E-Class Estate has part-electric adjustment unless you go for the top-spec trim. That's the AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus (for brevity we’ll call it the 'AMG Line Premium Plus' from now on), which includes a fully electrically operated seat and steering column with memory settings. There's not a lot of shoulder support through corners, but the driver's seat is comfortable on a long drive and every trim comes with adjustable lumbar support.

It's a pity that every E-Class has two big flaws: a steering wheel that's offset to the left and a bulge in the transmission tunnel. The bulge pushes against your left leg and offsets the pedals to the right. The Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series Touring have offset pedals, too, but they're not as skewed.

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

Over-the-shoulder visibility is as good as it is in the A6 Avant, and the E-Class Estate is easier to see out the back of than the 5 Series Touring. The windscreen pillars are also slimmer than on the 5 Series Touring, so you get a decent forward view, although in this respect the A6 Avant is even better.

As a bonus, all versions come with lots of parking aids, including front and rear sensors, a rear-view camera and park assist, which will park the car semi-autonomously. AMG Line Premium trim, which is one of the higher ones but is well priced, adds a 360-degree camera. 

All E-Classes come with bright LED headlights, which from the mid-spec AMG Line trim are adaptive. You can leave the headlights on main beams and they'll shape their light around any cars in front so they don't dazzle other drivers.