Mercedes likes to put its electric seat adjustment switches in a shape that mimics the seat itself...
Comfort and Refinement
Perhaps the most important piece of kit on an upmarket estate car is an electrically-operated tailgate that lets you open or shut the boot in hands-free mode. On the E350 Estate this nicety comes as standard kit, rather than an option that you have to pay extra for.
Mercedes likes to put its electric seat adjustment switches in a shape that mimics the seat itself, and the seat-shaped clusters are located on the doors. This puts them close at hand in an easily understandable form, and is in our view much preferable to switches on the sides of the seats that you have to grope about to use.
General refinement is pretty reasonable, although there is some road rumble and at motorway pace you also notice a slight touch of wind noise around the front pillars. It is pretty subdued though and the car is mostly pleasantly quiet in operation.
Safety and Security
The E-Class Estate is built to five-star Euro NCAP standard. That was the score awarded on the pre-2013, pre-facelift version of this car, and although it has not been re-tested, nothing fundamental has changed. A range of electronic driver safety aids are fitted, including collision prevention assist, drowsiness detection, electronic stability programme and traction control.
The bonnet is engineered to pop upwards in a collision as a measure to minimise injury to a pedestrian impacting against it. A tyre pressure loss warning system is standard kit. There are seven airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees. The outer rear seats have Isofix child safety seat tethers installed.
The car comes with a high-quality stereo system with DAB digital radio, CD/DVD/SD facility, a 10 GB hard drive, aux and USB connectivity, and Bluetooth with audio streaming. The system can be operated via steering wheel controls. Satellite navigation is fitted, and it is a sophisticated setup with excellent calibre mapping. There are front and rear parking sensors to ensure safe manoeuvring of what is quite a long and wide car.
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What We Liked
- Smart styling, good looking
- Strong performance
- Feels solid on the road
- Expensive but fair price for a lot of car
- Good level of equipment
- Big boot, cavernous load bay with rear seats folded
- Can tow over two tonnes
- High build quality
- Image, the cachet of that three-pointed star on the front
What We Disliked
- Rear-wheel-drive not ideal in slippery winter conditions
- Clumsy foot-operated parking brake
- Some road noise to contend with
- Single stalk for both indicators and wipers
What We Would Like To See
- A different type of parking brake from Mercedes’ traditional foot-operated one
This is a high-class estate car that looks good, has stylish swept-back body lines, is roomy and practical and drives well. If you are looking for a prestige estate car in this price bracket, it should certainly be on the list for a test drive.18 December 2013
Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mercedes Benz E350 BlueTec AMG Sport Estate Auto|
|Body Type||5-door Estate|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||6.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||152 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||52.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 18/12/13)||£43,045|