Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2010 – 2016) Review

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2010 – 2016) At A Glance


+Huge and useful boot space. Well-built and solid interior. Comfortable long distance cruiser. Excellent diesels. Very refined.

-Doesn't deal with corners as well as other premium estates. Disappointing smaller petrol engines. Still has foot-operated parking brake.

Insurance Groups are between 32–48
On average it achieves 78% of the official MPG figure

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is a large and luxurious family car that majors on limo-like refinement with van-rivalling carrying capacity. Admittedly, the E-Class is not the most fun estate to drive, but its handling shortcomings are far outweighed by its low running costs, outstanding comfort and day-to-day practicality. 

The E-Class Estate is one of the largest cars in its class, surpassing both the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series Touring for boot space. Most models will provide a maximum of 1950 litres with the rear seats down and almost 700 litres with them in place. Access is easy too, thanks to the powered tailgate and load-retaining nets. Both of which are fitted as standard. 

All models get leather trim and interior build quality feels reassuringly solid, although the dashboard layout does feel a little dated compared to the Audi and BMW. There is lots of space for four adults though, with plenty of head and leg room. However, as a five-seater, the cabin struggles, with the raised transmission tunnel limiting space for those in the middle rear seat.

There's a good choice of engines, spanning frugal diesels to potent AMG petrols. The E350 BlueTec is the pick of the bunch, with its 3.0-litre V6 covering 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds and returning an official 51.4mpg and 143g/km of CO2. The 2.1-litre E220 BlueTec is cheaper to buy and slightly more cost effective to run over the long-term - with a claimed 60.1mpg - but lacks the refinement and mid-gear acceleration of the V6. 

Driving reward is not the highpoint of E-Class Estate ownership, with most models prioritising comfort and refinement over dynamism and fun. As a result the lower-powered models feel a little sluggish and slow compared to their the Audi and BMW rivals. That said, the ride is almost always smooth and comfortable. The rear self-levelling air suspension also ensures heavy loads don't affect the handling. 

Owing to its high levels of refinement and comfort, the E-Class feels more like an elongated limo than a family load lugger. It's comfortable, practical, easy to live with and a great long distance cruiser. Some might be put off by the slightly dated interior and mundane drive, but if you prioritise comfort and practicality over cutting infotainment and handling then the E-Class Estate will be the perfect estate for you.

Real MPG average for a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2010 – 2016)


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Average performance


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19–60 mpg

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Could you recommend a reliable, premium estate?
"Please can you suggest a reliable, medium or large estate, preferably automatic. I don't mind if it has a bit of luxury."
If buying used, I'd recommend the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (built from 2010-2016). It's hugely practical and was rated as one of the UK's best cars for reliability in our latest Satisfaction Index: A stylish and newer alternative would be the Volvo V90. The cabin is wonderfully refined and standard equipment levels are very high across the range:
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you suggest a specialist to service my Mercedes?
"I am a new owner of a 2015 Mercedes-Benz E220 Estate which is coming up for a B5 service. The cost of this service at a Mercedes dealership is a checking fee of £850, hourly rate of £200 and parts on top, all likely to cost £1500 for a service. In contrast, Halfords would be about £300 for a full service. Would you stick to Mercedes servicing or could you recommend a specialist trusted Mercedes servicing specialist in the Epsom /Surrey area? "
We'd suggest finding a Mercedes-Benz specialist who will be able to do a major service up to Mercedes standards. Try DDR in Ashtead -
Answered by David Ross
My E-Class Estate wheels are corroding - should Mercedes-Benz honour my warranty to repair them?
"I have a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, which I've had from new since December 2015. The front wheels are corroding from beneath the lacquer around the centre caps. As the lacquer is not damaged/broken I have concluded that the wheels must have been faulty when manufactured. The wheels have not been treated with anything since I owned the car and there are no stone chips near the corroded areas. Mercedes-Benz of Derby have taken a month to decide that 'the wheels must have been treated with something' and are refusing to honour the warranty. What advice would you offer in helping me to get a satisfactory resolution to this problem?"
Extremely common. Will be due to stone chips that you can't see that have allowed moisture under the lacquer. Utterly stupid ever to expect lacquer to adhere indefinitely to polished alloy and protect the alloy beneath. Alloys need to be painted before being lacquered to protect them adequately. Mercedes-Benz is countering that the wheels must have been cleaned at some time with an acid based wheel cleaner (hand car washes often use this for speed). That eats into the lacquer. All you can do is threaten to sue for the cost of refurbishment using Small Claims, but Mercedes-Benz may use the same defence in court.
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Is it advisable to have my tyres below the recommended PSI?
"I've just taken the plunge and bought 4 Michelin Cross Climates for my 2011 Mercedes E250 CDI Estate.Tyre size is 225/55 R16 99W. Mercedes Benz recommends 38PSI all round unladen, more when 5 up with luggage. I see that you regularly suggest running at lower pressures would you recommend the same for me and, if so, how is it likely to affect tyre wear as Mercedes suggested pressures would indicate I'd be running expensive tyres under-inflated?"
I ran 215/55 R17s at 31PSI cold pressures all round in a Honda HR-V. Excellent comfort. Low noise. Good steering feel. No adverse effects of economy or wear. Probably not as low as that in the heavier E250 CDI, but cold pressures of 35 all round should be okay. As soon as they heat up they'll be 38 anyway.
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