All-New E-Class Estate Prices And Equipment Announced - Standard Features | Part Two

The New E-Class Estate


Model Capacity, power OTR
E 200 KOMPRESSOR 1796 cc, 163 hp £27,355
E 240 2597 cc, 177 hp £30,535
E 320 3199 cc, 224 hp £36,015
E 500* 4966 cc, 306 hp £44,375
E 55 AMG* 5439 cc, 476 hp TBA
E 220 CDI 2148 cc, 150 hp £28,440
E 270 CDI 2685 cc, 177 hp £29,920
E 320 CDI 3222 cc, 204 hp £35,360
* indicates a September 2003 introduction date. The on the road price includes road fund licence and the £485 additional costs necessary to put each new car on the road. Included are UK delivery (£395 including VAT), new vehicle registration fee (£25), number plates and a full tank of fuel. Customers can instead elect to collect their car from the factory in Germany for no extra cost.

Upgrading from the standard Classic specification to Elegance trim costs an additional £2,100; whilst Avantgarde is £2,600. The price differentials reflect the specification levels in each range. E 320, E 500 and E 320 CDI models are priced at Elegance trim level as standard: upgrading to Avantgarde will cost an additional £500.

Easy-Pack Option Prices

The new range is full of useful features as standard, including a family of Easy-Pack items designed to make life easier. However, a range of optional equipment is also available, to provide a bespoke vehicle for each customer's needs.

The new Fixing Kit, comprising an ingenious system of fixing elements and boot floor-mounted rails costs just £160 (inc. VAT). As well as being easy to use, the optional Fixing Kit will soon become an integral part of living with the car. A fully-powered tailgate is available on all models for £400 (inc. VAT). And the third row of rear-facing child seats, including a specially-strengthened rear end, costs from £630 - £790 (inc. VAT) depending on the cars' upholstery.

All new E-Class Estates bought from an authorised UK retailer include a three-year unlimited mileage warranty and mobilo-life, Mercedes Benz’s industry-leading 30-year anti-corrosion and breakdown package. Also standard is ASSYST PLUS, an advanced variable service interval system. ASSYST PLUS gives remaining time and distance before the next service is needed, and also details the type of work required. It also suggests a date for the next main inspection or emissions check.

Fleet World Honour For New Range

Hot on the heels of the pricing announcement comes the new range's first UK award, in the crucial corporate market. Fleet World magazine has heralded the new E-Class Estate as the Best Estate Car of 2003.

Fleet World editor Ross Durkin said: "Any company executive faced with the need to transport a reasonable load over a long distance would automatically opt for a Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate – almost certainly a diesel. In saloon form the E-Class is a technological masterpiece, while the Estate version simply builds on this formidable platform to offer a higher level of practicality, without compromising looks and style."

Former IBM Fleet Manager George Emmerson, a member of the judging panel, commented: "When you combine the engineering sophistication of the E-Class chassis with a series of superb diesel and petrol engines you already have the basis for an exceptional executive car. The Estate version is simply an extension of this concept… one which it is hard to fault."

With a mix of generous equipment levels, competitive pricing and award-winning design, Mercedes Benz is offering its customers the most desirable new estate car on the road.

Published 16 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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