2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Al- Terrain reader test team review
Mercedes' jacked-up E-Class Estate is aimed at off-road adventurers who don't want an SUV. So, will it be a tempting proposition for our readers?...
Age: 54Job: IT directorDrives: BMW 3 Series
"I want a car that will ride over speed humps well, because there are lots near to where I live. It also needs to be spacious enough for the kids.
"I like the detailing on the interior, and it's rare that I find a seat that's so comfortable. There's a good feeling of quality inside, and I can sit behind my driving position and still have plenty of space. And if you sit in the boot, the tailgate doesn't hit you on the head. Having a proper covered picnic area is rare for an estate car these days.
"I don't like the side armrests in the front of the car – they don't go back far enough – and I prefer the higher dimensions of the old E-Class rather than this super-aerodynamic shape. There's not a lot I don't like, though; it's not as garish as some rivals.
"The main thing putting me off buying this car is what's going to happen with diesel and whether I'm going to be penalised for driving one. I need to know what's going to happen there before I decide."
Rated 4 out of 5
Age: 71Job: RetiredDrives: Skoda Superb
"I've been looking for a car that has decent space inside, an automatic gearbox, a diesel engine and four-wheel drive. I've always been keen on Mercedes as a brand – I've owned nine previously – but until now there wasn't a lot that satisfied those criteria.
"The build quality is extremely good, as are some of the features inside, such as the electric seats, which are useful if lots of people are going to drive it. The diesel engine is a good match for the car, especially if you're going to be carrying a lot of luggage over rough terrain.
"The panoramic sunroof does reduce the height on offer; I'm not a tall person and my head wasn't far from the ceiling. The fact that there's a tyre repair kit rather than a spare tyre is also not good, because if a tyre is shredded then you're stuck."
Rated 4 out of 5
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