What's the used Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate like?
Lift up the rear hatch of the Mercedes E-Class Estate and there's an auditorium-sized load bay, which can be expanded to full concert mode by folding down the easily tipped rear seats. With them up, there's generous space for three in the back, while those in the front are treated to firmly padded but comfortable seats.
The smallest petrol is the 163bhp 2.0-litre but you're more likely to find an E240, E280 or E320 with 2.6, 2.8 and 3.2-litre V6 petrol engines respectively. Most of these have auto 'boxes, as do the superb E320 CDi models with a strong six-cylinder diesel. The E220 CDi uses an economical four-cylinder 2.2 turbodiesel. Topping the range are muscular V8 petrols.
The E-Class Estate majors on comfort and is a great long-distance machine thanks to its excellent refinement and smooth ride. And, while it's certainly a good drive, if you expect the kind of handling or steering responses that will match a BMW 5-Series', you'll be disappointed.