The big Mercedes rides well on its air-sprung suspension and sops up most of the surface undulations that come its way.
Ride and Handling
The big Mercedes rides well on its air-sprung suspension and sops up most of the surface undulations that come its way. It also handles quite decently, but this is a bulky and heavy car weighing almost two tonnes, and you do feel the weight and the bulk on the bends. This car’s overall weight is up by 110 kg compared with the standard diesel model, due to the added hybrid kit.
With rear-wheel-drive the car is rewarding to drive and feels quite precise and planted. Just be aware of its power through the rear wheels in slippery winter weather, though, and you might want to consider fitting winter tyres for the cold months.
Ease of Use
This is a large estate car, 4.8 metres long and just over two metres wide, with 695 litres of standard boot space that stretches to a whopping 1,950 litres when you fold the rear seats, which you can do via quick-fold releases at the back of the boot as well as using levers on the seats themselves. There is no shortage of room in the E-Class Estate, either for passengers or their luggage, sports kit or other paraphernalia. The tailgate is electrically operated.