What used Mercedes E-Class estate will I get for my budget?
The cheapest 2010-2016 Mercedes E-Class Estates can be bought for around £8000, but for that you’ll end up with a very high-mileage car, possibly an ex-taxi or perhaps even a Category C or D write-off.
As you’d expect, then, we’d look to pay a little more; solid, early examples with reasonable mileage and a full service history will cost £10,000 nowadays.
The E-Class Estate was facelifted in 2013, gaining smoother styling and a host of extra safety kit. A tidy example of this later model with average mileage can be yours for around £16,000.
If it’s the V8-powered E63 AMG you’re after, expect to pay around £25,000 for a high-mileage example, or anywhere from £30,000 for a historied low-miler.
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes E-Class estate?
Servicing costs on an E-Class Estate will never be as cheap as they will on a car with a less prestigious badge on it, but you can keep the costs down by using an independent Mercedes specialist rather than a dealer – there are plenty around.
The good news is that diesel versions of the E-Class Estate are relatively economical and capable of as much as 60mpg, depending on the model you choose. There’s also a diesel-electric hybrid model, although the extra you’ll have to pay to get hold of one of these will likely cancel out any fuel savings you’ll make.
If you don’t fancy a diesel, the 2.0-litre petrol versions manage respectable economy figures, averaging 45mpg. Avoid the 1.8-litre, though, which is both less efficient and less powerful. Larger-engined petrol versions are, as you might expect, less impressive, with the E63 AMG in particular being very thirsty.