With all of the car's five seat in place, there is still room at the back for a very generous 600 litres of luggage...
Ride and Handling
The car comes on big 18-inch wheels and meaty tyres that are great for looks because they fill the wheel arches well, but the downside is quite a firm ride and some road noise. You wouldn’t want spongy cushioning in an estate car, though, and the ride calibre is perfectly acceptable for this type of car, for most tastes it is set just the right side of the comfort line.
This big estate, weighing in at almost two tonnes, has poised behaviour into the bends and it feels well planted on the road and reassuringly sure-footed on a twisty route across country. It is a prestige model and it feels it. On a long motorway haul it gallops along with an easy gait, making it excellent for low-fatigue driving over a distance.
Ease of Use
This is a very practical estate car, big and spacious with a huge boot, enormous carrying capacity with the rear seats folded, and thoughtful details that make it all very easy to use. With all of the car’s five seat in place, there is still room at the back for a very generous 600 litres of luggage, leisure gear, sports kit, or whatever other kind of on-the-move paraphernalia you might want to carry. With the rear seats stowed into the floor, the cargo capacity increases to 1,833 litres.
Thoughtful touches include the rear seat release levers at the back of the boot near the tailgate, where they are easily accessible for quick-fold action when you want to load bulkier than normal cargo. The traditional Mercedes foot-operated parking brake is a bit annoying, but you get used to it. It does seem a mite old-fashioned when compared with modern electronic handbrakes though.
The E-Class Estate makes a superb tow car, with a maximum towing capacity of over two tonnes.