How you grade the spaciousness of the E-Class Estate depends on which section of it you’re examining. In the front, six-footers will find head and leg room absolutely fine, but, if you’re pushing well over six-feet tall, the V90 is slightly bigger still.
You get plenty of storage options: bigger items such as a bottle of water will fit in the large door bins, the glovebox will take a sizeable tin of sweets and there are big cubbies in the dashboard and under the centre armrest, both with USB ports for charging devices.
Move to the back seats and space is okay but not outstanding. Head room isn’t the issue, but leg room is slightly disappointing: taller folk might find their knees digging into the seat in front, and the lack of under-seat foot space will be annoying for many. Swap into the rear of the 5 Series Touring and both concerns are improved, while the V90 is truly cavernous.
Opening up the boot, which is electrically operated on all models, shines a light on one of the E-Class Estate’s main attributes: its massive 640-litre load area. That's big enough for eight carry-on travel suitcases. And while the 5 Series Touring may match that amount at a push, lift up the floor of the E-Class and there’s room for a ninth case in the well beneath.
You'll also find tucked away under the floor a fold-up crate that you can use to keep loose items from rolling around, while the E-Class’s trump card is that you can specify two extra seats to fill that under-floor void. These unfurl to make it the only seven-seat estate in the class. Just bear in mind that those two rearmost seats are for kids up to six-years old only.
If you need more space, the second-row seats fold down easily using electric release buttons by the boot opening or inside the rear doors. They’re split in a 40/20/40 arrangement, which gives you more options for people and luggage than the 60/40 seats you get in a V90.
Another option is a retractable tow hitch that’s able to support a bike rack with a loaded weight of up to 100kg.