If you want a spacious car that can also go off road, but you don't want an SUV, logic might quickly lead you to the driver's door of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain.
Just like its closest rivals, the Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country, the E-Class All-Terrain is a high-riding estate car that has been sprinkled with some of the attributes SUV buyers love – namely chunky styling, a punchy diesel engine and, crucially, four-wheel drive.
Priced from £58,880, the E-Class All-Terrain is available with just one engine option: the 254bhp E350d diesel. We've already been impressed with the regular E-Class Estate, so hopes are high for this All Terrain version. You can read our full review of the All Terrain here, but what will our What Car? readers make of it?
Age: 61 Job: Company director Drives: Audi A8
"I'm looking to change my car and I've always run Audis. I need something to carry dogs, and it needs an ability to go off road, because I shoot. My natural next step would be an Audi A6 Allroad, so I wanted to see how the Mercedes option compares.
"I think it's a very good-looking car. One of the things I would have preferred is to get colour-coded cladding around the edges, but I like the new-style grille, as it links in with some of Mercedes' SUVs.
"There's not as much head room inside as I thought there would be, but that might be down to the panoramic roof. Having said that, I think the interior is brilliant and the dashboard looks really good.
"I think there should be a seven-seat option, as there is on the E-Class Estate. There could also be a greater choice of engines and trim levels.
"The price puts me off, though; I'm not sure whether that's competitive enough with what other people can offer."
Age: 39 Job: Company director Drives: Volvo S60
"I've always liked Mercedes as a brand, but the Scottish roads near to where I live aren't suited to rear-wheel drive in winter, so I've always brought front or four-wheel-drive cars. The E-Class All-Terrain offers most of what I'm looking for: its four-wheel drive will be good in winter, it's spacious and it's from a prestigious brand with a good reputation for reliability.
"It's a very elegant car, but it's not raised as much as I thought it was going to be; a Volvo V90 Cross Country has better ground clearance. It feels like a quality product, and the engine feels very smooth when you start it up.
"I'm into my gadgets, so the digital instrument cluster in the E-Class is great. It's over-engineered to a degree: you can zoom out to see the entire planet Earth on the sat-nav map. It's a very sophisticated car and it's advanced enough that in two years' time it will still be up to date.
"I'm not sure how well the carpets in the boot would hold up to dogs and shopping or mountain bikes. They look fantastic, but after two years of daily use they could be looking worse for wear. This model also doesn't have a spare tyre, and having had a couple of blowouts, I would be very hesitant to buy a car that didn't have a spare tyre.
"It's a car I would definitely be interested in buying. From what I've seen, it ticks every box."
Find out what our other two readers thought of the E-Class All-Terrain on the next page.
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