Which used Mercedes E-Class estate should I buy?
For most buyers the 192bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel in the E 220 d will be the default choice, and it's our pick of the range, too. Why? Well it’s pretty punchy once you get above 1500rpm, enough that it’ll match a BMW 520d Touring and Volvo V90 in whisking you up to 70mph with relative ease, then settle itself into an effortless cruise. A lower-power 148bhp E 200 d is also available, but it’s slower with no benefit in emissions or economy, hence why we’d seek out the E 220 d instead.
If you fancy something silkier in an E-Class you need to move up to the six-cylinder E 350 d. This is a super-refined engine and pretty quick too - enough that it’ll breeze you past slower traffic - but the trade-off is it’s quite pricey to buy and run.
In terms of the trim, stick with the entry-level SE version. It comes with enough goodies to make life easy, such as power-folding door mirrors, parking sensors and a rear-view camera, with some agreeable luxuries too, including heated seats and leather trim.
AMG Line models are less easy to justify. The styling upgrades, including 19in wheels and sports suspension harm the ride and, oddly, man-made leather replaces the real cowhide you get in the SE.
Check out the Premium package option if you want more toys, which adds keyless entry, fully electrically operated front seats with lumbar support and memory settings, and a panoramic roof. A pricier Premium Plus package adds a 13-speaker sound system and adaptive LED headlights.
Our favourite Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: E 220d SE