What is it like?

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (02 - 06) review

(2002 - 2006)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (02 - 06)
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What's the used Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate like?

Behind those swish, upmarket looks is a practical, working estate. The Mercedes E-Class Estate's loadbay is huge - far bigger than that of an Audi A6 Avant or BMW 5 Series Touring. You're unlikely to need more than its 690 litres in everyday use, but when you do, the rear seats fold flat to free up a gargantuan 1950 litres.

The quality of the roomy cabin shines through, and most drivers should find it easy to make themselves comfortable behind the wheel. All the controls are well sited and operate with a satisfying action.

Ultimately, it's handling isn't a match for the 5 Series, but it's surefooted and tidy nonetheless. In town, too, it's surprisingly practical for such a big car, with a lovely tight turning circle. However, the E-Class wagon really excels on motorways, where it chomps through the miles in complete, refined hush.

It's almost completely silent, except for the E320 CDI engine, which is noisier than you'd like if you rev it hard.