Category winner

IF YOU’VE READ through all of our categories already, you’ll know just how many strong contenders were in the running for Used Car of the Year. This made picking a single, overall champion tougher than ever.

In the end, our winner came from a surprising category. Rarely does an estate take the overall win in any What Car? awards; this time, though, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate has done it.

That’s because it isn’t just a great used estate; it’s a terrific used car, full stop. From the way its interior wows you to the way its ride cossets at all speeds, via its efficient engines and overflowing standard equipment list, the E-Class Estate is a truly desirable bit of kit. It even wears its miles well; buy one that’s a couple of years old and you’ll struggle to tell the difference from a new one. And of course, that’s before we’ve even discussed that vast, flexible boot.

You might think you’d have to pay the Earth for such a thing. Not so. A one-year-old example of the widely available E220d SE – our favourite version – can be had for as little as £26,000, saving you around £14,000 on a new one. For such a luxurious estate, that’s stonking value.

Is it time to rethink that SUV you were planning to buy, then? Absolutely. After all, this car proves that a good used estate has a lot to offer. Opulent yet practical, powerful yet efficient, classy yet affordable, the E-Class Estate is deservedly our 2019 Used Car of the Year.

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