Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Review 2022

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate At A Glance

5/5
Honest John Overall Rating
For a premium estate car that sets a new benchmark for luxury, practicality and is on par with its rivals when it comes to handling, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class might just be worth the extra.

+Stylish and well-equipped, impressive official fuel economy, has one of the biggest boots in its class.

-More expensive to buy than any of its premium rivals, powerful models are pricey and thirsty, Premium package required

New prices start from £42,715
Insurance Groups are between 28–50
On average it achieves 89% of the official MPG figure

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is often regarded as the benchmark large premium estate cars, intended to compete with rivals such as the BMW 5 Series Touring, Audi A6 Avant and the Volvo V90. As with the E-Class saloon, the Estate offers the latest in Mercedes-Benz technology and quality, with the additional space that estate buyers are looking for.

It also comes with a large range of engine options including diesel hybrids, and four-wheel-drive on the most powerful diesel option. Comfortable, refined and well equipped, the E-Class Estate is a desirable option - if you can afford it.

If you’ve already read our review on the excellent new Mercedes E-Class saloon, then you could be forgiven for thinking the estate variant is more of the same only with a bit more space. And you’d be right – although there’s much more to this premium German estate than its capacity to devour your Louis Vuitton luggage.

But we’ll get to that later. First of all, we do need to talk about the load space – all 1820 litres of it (or 640 litres with the seats up). That’s impressive. It will take a pallet. Or your golf bag(s). And it's better than its main rivals, the BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant. In fact, we reckon only the Skoda Superb Estate is able to offer more space.

The E-Class Estate also looks fantastic. Gone are the days when creating an estate variant just meant randomly tacking on some more metal from the rear pillars backwards.

For the E-Class wagon, the designers kept the saloon’s front end with its long snout, but from the centre pillar it’s all estate. Like the Audi A6, it uses steeply raked windows and a short rear overhang to create an impression of sportiness.

So is the Mercedes-Benz load lugger all show and no go? Not at all. Even though the UK only gets diesel power, both (there are only two) engines are excellent. The 220 d is powered by a brand new 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that’s good for 194PS while returning an official 67mpg. The 350d uses a 3.0-litre V6 that produces 258PS and returns a claimed 52mpg.

If you want a petrol, then you’ll have to opt for the AMG version. The E43 AMG engine has already appeared in the C-Class and here is coupled to a full-time four-wheel drive system to help cope with the 401PS from the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6. An E63 AMG will follow and although no figures are available, you can expect it to put out some serious grunt.

Prices for the AMG start at well over £50,000 while it will cost close to £37,000 for an entry-level version of the E-Class estate. That’s more than its premium rivals, but standard kit includes navigation, LED headlights, automatic tailgate, keyless entry, DAB radio, heated seats and 17-inch alloys.

There are only two trim levels available, so take a step up to AMG Line and you’ll pay around £40,000 for 19-inch wheels, three-spoke steering wheel and some leathery bits and bobs. 

Ask Honest John

What's the best estate car for sale right now?
"What is the best estate caron sale right now?"
If you need a mid-size estate, I'd say Toyota Corolla Touring Sports. For anything larger, I'd go with Skoda Superb Estate or Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best large estate car for under £35,000?
"I have a 2016 Skoda Superb hatchback, which I’ve been really pleased with but now what to change it for a large estate car that's up to two years old and priced under £35,000. I’ve looked at the Superb Estate which would be fine, but wondered what else I should consider? "
The Skoda Superb is one of the best large estate cars on the market right now. However, if you want a more premium experience, you may want to consider the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, which is more comfortable and better to drive than the Superb: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mercedes-benz/e-class-estate-s213-2016/
Answered by Dan Powell
What is the best used estate car to buy?
"What is the best used estate to buy?"
Difficult to give you a recommendation without knowing your budget. But generally, I'd say the best estate cars are: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb, Honda Civic Tourer and the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports.
Answered by Dan Powell
When will the used car market return to normal?
"I’m looking for a post-2016 Mercedes E-Class Estate as my current car is unreliable for a long commute. There appear to be very few available at the moment so I might have to patch up the old car with further repairs. When do you think the used car market will pick up? "
The used car market is suffering from stock shortages at the moment. Over the past three years, the sale of new cars has been falling (which means fewer people have been part-exchanging their cars for new ones). Pandemic-related lockdowns over the past 12 months have also disrupted the supply of new cars, which means people are holding on to their vehicles for longer because they are waiting 6+ months for their next car. Prices are rising and cars are selling very quickly. This is bad news for buyers because everything on sale is being snapped up by dealers and drivers. I think it will take a minimum of 12 months for things to return to normal.
Answered by Dan Powell
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