Review: Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain (2017)

Rating:

More rugged version of the E-Class Estate with increased ground clearance. Great performance. Wonderfully refined and comfortable.

Expensive list prices, even compared to the Audi A6 Allroad. Diesel only.

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22 August 2018 E 350 d 4Matic All-terrain replaced by the E 400 d 4Matic All-terrain

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain (2017): At A Glance

The laziest way to introduce the E-Class All Terrain is to call it Mercedes-Benz’s posh answer to the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack. There, we said it.

So what we’re looking at here is an E-Class Estate that’s raised a bit and has a four-wheel drive system of sorts – 4Matic simply directs torque across front and rear axles depending on grip conditions – ergo giving it limited off-road capability and improved towing ability.

We know these things to be true because during our UK road test of the All-Terrain we towed a one-tonne horsebox up a quite steep and very muddy hill. Because why wouldn't you...

We were using normal road tyres too, making the feat all the more impressive and giving you an idea of the sort of market Mercedes-Benz is pitching this car at: horse fancying countryside types, but narrowed down to those who don’t necessarily need the do-it-all, foliage dispatching might of a proper 4x4, all locking differentials and that.

There’s nothing on the inside to distinguish the All Terrain as anything other than a very well specced E-Class, though on the outside you’ll notice the model-specific three-piece rear bumper, as well as, perhaps, the thicker sidewalls of the tyres – that’s where a good half of the extra height comes from, as it happens.

The upshot is a £58,880 list price, a good ten grand more than an E350 d AMG Line Estate and roughly the same as a E43 AMG Estate proper. Ouch.

And that causes a few problems. For a start, the Audi A6 Allroad has a wider choice, with the range kicking off £10,000 or so below this, while the Volvo V60 Cross Country might feel old now but can be yours for around half the price. As can the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack. Or even, if you're a hardcore countrysider, a Subaru Levorg. 

The E-Class All Terrain is the newest, plushest and the best of the bunch, but with such a prohibitively high cost it's likely to be a little more exclusive than Mercedes-Benz would probably like it to be. Shame. 

What does a Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain (2017) cost?

List Price from £36,075
Buy new from £28,454
Contract hire from £311.89 per month
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain (2017): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4933–4947 mm
Width 2065 mm
Height 1482–1497 mm
Wheelbase 2939 mm

Full specifications

The specification includes all the stuff that turns the E-Class from a nice car into a truly luxurious one, including twin 12-inch colour displays, the one nearest to you acting as a digital instrument panel, as well as a top end Burmeister surround sound system, proper LED headlights, and a panoramic glass sunroof.

It’s all probably too posh to be shoving your labrador into the back of before heading to the stables as the crow flies, but then again, that’s a big part of its charm. The vast majority of the time, when you’re not doing the over-the-hills-and-faraway stuff, this is a beautifully composed estate that has mastered of all the trades it’s a jack of..

It’s also spacious and practical. The boot is 640 litres and a 40:20:40 split folding rear bench is standard.

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What's the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain (2017) like to drive?

Thanks to the selectable driving modes of the All-Terrain, it both rides like a luxury car and can make a decent fist of being sporty. It’s quick - going from 0-62mph happens in 6.2 seconds, but more importantly, there's 620Nm of torque.

Instead, this is an E-Class Estate whose ride height is 29mm higher than standard, and which will raise a further 20mm upon selecting the ‘All Terrain’ setting of the (also standard) switchable air suspension. It does that at speeds of up to 19mph, above which it’ll lower itself on the go, presumably to prevent the car bouncing around the streets like a runaway Swiss ball.

Aside from its on-mud maneuverability and its Samson-like towing capacity (up to 2100Kg) the All Terrain is an E-Class Estate-as-per-usual, meaning it’s one of the most refined, most spacious and most generally pleasing executive cargo carriers on the market.

And it’s a very well specified one at that. You can only buy the All Terrain with one engine and in one trim level. And they’re both of the top-end persuasion. The engine is the 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel badged E 350 d and packing 258PS, while the specification appears to have been finalised by an over-enthusiastic product planner brandishing an options list, a biro and a large bottle of something potent.

Still, this feels like one very plush and capable estate, with no loss of practicality over the standard car (as you’d expect) and a feeling of real quality throughout. This V6 diesel is a stunner - quick and quiet, no matter where you are in the rev range – and while the standard 9G Tronic automatic transmission might have as many gears as Chris Froome’s company wheels, it always seems to find the right one. And smoothly.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
E 350 d 4Matic Automatic 42–43 mpg 6.0–6.2 s 174–179 g/km

Real MPG average for a Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain (2017)

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Average performance

81%

Real MPG

33–36 mpg

MPGs submitted

5

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What have we been asked about the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain (2017)?

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What is better for towing a caravan - an estate or an SUV?

My wife and I have owned a succession of four-wheel drive estate cars as we do a lot of camping and live in remote countryside. We are considering the purchase of a caravan, we're not getting any younger. I would like a new Mercedes E-Class All Terrain but my caravan dealer says that a large SUV cuts a bigger hole in the air and that makes towing a caravan easier. Is she making sense and if so, how do you rate the Audi Q7?
The aerodynamics argument makes sense but I don't think you'll notice a huge difference between a capable estate car and an SUV. SUVs are usually heavier which helps with towing. Having said that, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain has a kerb weight of 2010kg - just as heavy as many SUVs. Generally, we advise that you tow no more than 85 per cent of the car's weight, so that'll leave you around 1700kg - enough for a small four-berth caravan. If that's enough, I think the E-Class All Terrain would be a superb choice - it's a really lovely car. The Q7 is very good but, surprisingly, not much heavier than the E-Class.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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