Mercedes E-Class estate: new look and expanded engine line-up
Order books have opened for the new E-Class Estate, that gets a stylish new appearance and an expanded engine range.
Set to take on the BMW 5 Series Touring, Audi A6 Avant and the Volvo V90, the E-Class Estate will add a big boot to the new saloon’s long list of talents.
Despite the ‘shooting brake’ styling of the tailgate, the Estate’s load bay is 150 litres larger than that of the equivalent 5 Series, at 1,820 litres when the rear seats are folded. It’s so large, in fact, that Mercedes has announced an optional third row of seats.
Self-levelling air suspension will be offered for those wanting to carry large loads, while a trailer assistance pack will be available for those who tow heavy trailers and caravans. An autonomous drive mode is also available, while the car can be driven short distances via remote control, enabling easier manoeuvring in, say, tight car parks.
Like its saloon counterpart, a new entry-level C200d engine is now available and will most likely be the fleet manager’s preferred choice. Producing 148bhp, it can muster over 70mpg and while producing as little as 102g/km of CO2.
A 2.0-litre 192bhp diesel is found under the bonnet of the E220d variant. It still returns 67.3mpg and produces a mere 109g/km CO2 emissions, but can sprint from rest to 62mph in an impressive 7.5 seconds. It’s available in four-wheel-drive guise for the first time, too.
AMG E43 variant now available
Those after the most torque will be happy to see an E350d-badged V6 diesel on offer. It gets 255bhp and will return 48.7 mpg. If you want ultimate performance however, it’s the E 43 AMG that you’ll want. Thanks to a twin turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine’s 400bhp, it can manages 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.
Inside, the Estate shares a classy cabin with the saloon, including the massive infotainment screens and the touchpad control system on the centre console.
The Estate gets Mercedes’ usual line of trims, with entry-level SE variants coming generously equipped. Standard features include a Garmin Map Pilot navigation system, automatic powered tail gate, reversing camera, chrome roof rails, a 64-colour selectable LED interior lighting, a keyless start system, heated front seats and 17in alloy wheels.
For £2,495 extra, AMG-Line trim adds 19in alloy wheels, leather interior, black ash wood trim, sports pedals and a three-spoke sports steering wheel.
As is the norm with Mercedes, a number of optional packages can be added to either model, including the Premium Plus package (£2,795), Lane Tracking Package (£595), and the Driving Assist Package (£1,695). Mercedes’ Comand infotainment system is available for a £1,495 premium, which also increases the car’s touchscreen interface from 8.2 to 12.3 inches in diameter.
Orders are being taken now, with Mercedes expecting first deliveries to begin in December 2016. Don’t forget to check out the very best personal lease and business deals available on the new E Class Estate.