Which used Mercedes E-Class estate should I buy?
Of the eight engines available, the diesels are by far the best options.
The 168bhp E220 CDI is a great starting point to the range, and the most common on the used market. Although it's not fast, it has enough power for a car of this size. The 187bhp E280 CDI is more enjoyable to drive, and a good trade-off between power and economy. There's also an E320 CDI with 221bhp, but it's not that common.
If you really want a petrol E-Class, consider the supercharged 182bhp E200K or the 228bhp E280. There is also a 255bhp E350 and a 388bhp E500. The fuel-efficient 288bhp E350 CGI was introduced in 2008.
The majority of E-Class examples are automatics; manuals are less desirable unless fitted to the smaller-capacity engines.
Classic models get climate control, wood trim, cruise control and alloys, while Elegance adds chrome detailing and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Avantgardes have xenon headlamps, part-leather seats and window glass that reflects bright sunlight.
Sport models get lowered and tuned suspension, upgraded alloys and full leather trim. In mid-2008 the Executive SE edition was added, based on the Classic but including upgraded wheels, exterior and cabin trim.
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