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.