MERCEDES-BENZ E Class Estate

E220d Sport 5dr 9G-Tronic

MERCEDES-BENZ E Class Estate - E220d Sport 5dr 9G-Tronic

Vehicle Information

List Price
£42,620.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
7.8 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
148 g/km
By Line

The most practical full-sized Executive estate you can buy is now even better. Jonathan Crouch checks out the improved version of the tenth generation Mercedes E-Class Estate

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes E-Class Estate has always been a very classy way to carry rather a lot. These days though, it's cleverer and more efficient than ever. A focus on downsized engines will be a big draw, there's a frugal base diesel, a plug-in hybrid and fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG models add some excitement. Overall, the whole range just feels slicker and more desirable than ever. It's all very impressive, particularly as you can carry up to 1,820-litres.

Background

It used to be that if you wanted a large, plush practical estate, you bought a big Volvo. For some years now though, that role has been only fully filled by the Mercedes E-Class Estate. Rivals trade space for a bit of style but this car continues to prioritise practicality, with 670-litres of room on offer even before you start folding seats. This tenth generation E-Class Estate of course enjoys all the advantages developed for its saloon counterpart, a car offering efficient engines, astonishing technology and luxurious comfort. This updated model gets a smarter look and quite a bit of extra technology to keep it current in the face of fresh or updated rivals introduced since the original launch. There are also cutting-edge driver assistance features that even allow owners to take a step closer to fully autonomous driving.

Driving Experience

On the move, you quickly find that Mercedes has achieved an excellent balance between comfort, refinement and agility with this E-Class Estate. It's as happy easing through town as it is covering great highway distances - but then you'd expect that. More surprising is how at home it feels on twistier roads, particularly if you've got a model fitted with the impressive 'AIR BODY CONTROL' pneumatic suspension that can be fine-tuned with the 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes controller. More technology is provided by the optional 'DRIVE PILOT' system that when activated, allows the car to pretty much drive itself, working with the adaptive cruise control and active steering systems to keep the E-Class rolling in its chosen lane at any chosen speed up to 130mph. Electrification is the theme with this revised tenth generation model, with plug-in hybrid technology now available right across the range on the diesel engines as well as the petrol ones, plus as before, there's a choice of rear-driven or 4MATIC AWD drivetrain options. All models come with 9G-Tronic 9-speed auto transmission. The volume unit is the 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol powerplant that features on the base E200 variant, an engine which now features an improved 48-volt mild hybrid system now integrated into the casing of the nine-speed automatic gearbox. This lightly electrified set-up can produce up to 20bhp and 180Nm of extra torque to reduce the load on the petrol engine. Completely new to the E-Class Estate line-up is the six cylinder petrol unit of the new E450 (borrowed from the CLS 450). In the diesel range, things kick off with the 194hp 2.0-litre E220d with 400Nm of torque. At the top of the diesel line-up is the six cylinder E400d 4MATIC, which produces 340hp and 700Nm. If you want a sporting E-Class Estate with a potent petrol powerplant, there's also a revised version of the 3.0-litre biturbo mild hybrid six cylinder engine used in the potent Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ variant, which benefits from slightly more electrified assistance, though the total output (435hp) is the same as before. Beyond that, there's the 4.0-litre V8 E 63 4MATIC+ S model which offers 612hp. Even on mainstream E-Class Estate models, handling should be sharper than you might expect, thanks to various 'Direct Control' suspension systems with selective damping. There's also the option of an 'Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension' set-up offering the kind of pillowy ride that will remind you of the larger Mercedes S-Class saloon. A 'Dynamic Select' switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from four 'Air Body Control' modes: 'Comfort', 'ECO', 'Sport' and 'Sport+'. The additional 'Individual' option allows drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.

Design and Build

As facelift restyles go, this is quite a significant one. The front end features softer, re-shaped headlamps with full-LED beams and the grille's been revised too, as has the front bumper. Despite this model's sleek looks, with a capacity of 670 to 1820-litres, the E-Class Estate's load compartment is one of the biggest in the segment. As standard, the rear bench seat has new cargo-related functionality: it is possible to position the backrest at an approximately 10-degree steeper angle. This creates an additional 30 litres of cargo volume while continuing to enable full use to be made of five seats. In addition, the rear seat backrest folds down in a 40:20:40 split as standard, opening up plenty of potential configurations between transport capacity and seats. To release the backrests, there are electric switches located in the load compartment and to the right and left next to the backrests. The developers paid particular attention to practical dimensions and innovative management of the load space: for instance, the new E-Class Estate is one of the few car models that can accommodate a Europallet. With a minimum load compartment width between the wheel arches of 1100 millimetres, it was possible to retain the preceding model's very good measurement. If you want to carry extra people, there's the option of a rear-facing folding bench seat for children that makes this car into a full seven-seater. The proven combined cargo cover and net is back, offering both security from prying eyes and safety. The EASY-PACK tailgate provided as part of the standard equipment can be opened and closed very easily at the touch of a button for comfortable loading and unloading. Operation is electromechanical. We'd also want the optional EASY-PACK load-securing kit which allows the load compartment to be used in a versatile and safe manner.

Market and Model

Expect to allow a premium of £2,330 over the saloon model, which means pricing starting from around £41,500 for E-Class Estate ownership. Overall, that's pretty competitive against rivals like the Audi A6 Avant and the BMW 5 Series Touring. There's a choice of either standard 'Sport' trim or, for around £2,800 more, various sportier 'AMG Line' packages. Across the range, the standard specification is as complete as you'd have a right to expect for the prices being asked. All models feature a centre-dash 10.25-inch display, Parktronic parking sensors with a reversing camera and a Park Pilot self-parking system. There's also leather upholstery with heated front seats, LED headlights and taillights, 64-colour selectable LED interior lighting, two-zone automatic climate control, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with dual touchpads, electrically folding mirrors and 17-inch wheels. The 'AMG Line' models come with AMG exterior styling including unique bumpers and side skirts, larger 19-inch alloy wheels, perforated front brake discs, a three-spoke AMG steering wheel and Artico leather and Dynamica microfiber upholstery with a seat comfort package. The E400d model comes with Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension as standard, as well as COMAND satellite navigation with 12.3-inch display and remote online services. Safety-wise, a whole range of next-generation camera systems have now been introduced, including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist - now also with an exit warning feature.

Cost of Ownership

For a car that performs as broad a remit as the E-Class Estate, encompassing everything from German domestic market taxi fleets to family transport, company cars and all points in between, there's a pressing requirement for the car to turn in some great efficiency measures. To that end, Mercedes has worked hard to improve running costs this time round, which are aided by the increased emphasis on electrification across the range. Let's look at the WLTP-rated figures. The E200 petrol manages up to 37.2mpg on the combined cycle and 174g/km of CO2. And the diesels? Well the efficient 2.0-litre biturbo diesel engine in the volume E220d model manages up to 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 148g/km of CO2. If you go for the six cylinder E400d diesel, the estate version of that variant manages up to 38.7mpg and up to 181g/km - not bad for a 4WD high performance diesel full-sized executive model. And otherwise? Well this model series is designed for the long haul. There's plenty of proof of that: Greek taxi driver Gregorios Sachinidis clocked up 2.9 million miles in his 1976 240D and though build quality took a bit of a dip with the W120 series range we had between 1995 and 2003, it's now better than ever with this tenth generation version. This car will easily out-last you, one reason why all-important residual values have traditionally been strong with diesel and lower-order petrol engines. Unless you do something silly like specify an overly bright colour scheme, you can expect to get over 60% of your initial purchase price back after three years.

Summary

Before this tenth generation E-Class Estate appeared, the Mercedes of executive station wagons was perceived as a practical but slightly over-sensible choice in this sector. These days though, it's a much smarter choice - in more ways than one. Today, it feels like a car that's pricey but which offers a compelling value proposition. It drives with genuine polish, yet is capable of stepping from cruiser to carouser without breaking a sweat. Operating the car is relatively easy and you rarely feel as if this Mercedes is imposing its will on you, unlike certain rivals we could mention. The abiding impression is that this is a very carefully considered vehicle, developed by a company steeped in a proud engineering tradition. If you want to carry properly hefty loads in a car of this kind yet want to do so with more than a modicum of style, this is one to place right up there with its premium rivals. Better by design.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Green tinted glass
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
BRAKES
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Hill start assist
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Velour floor mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Agility control sports suspension with selective damping system and lowering by 15mm
  • Rear air suspension with level control
COMMUNICATION
  • Smartphone integration via Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, USB and Bluetooth interface
  • Wireless charging
DRIVER AIDS
  • Attention assist
  • Blind spot assist
  • Cruise control with variable speed limiter
  • Direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport and Individual)
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Easy-pack tailgate - Powered opening/closing automatically
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Remote boot release
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
  • MBUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • MBUX voice control activated by keywords ''Hey Mercedes''
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Touchpad with controller
  • Traffic sign assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Brown high glass ash wood trim and centre console in high gloss brown ash wood
ENGINE
  • 25 litre AdBlue tank
  • 66 litre fuel tank
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 2 USB ports in centre console
  • 2 USB ports in the rear
  • Aerial integrated in rear window
  • High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome trim on the front bumper and high gloss black trim on the rear bumper
  • Illuminated front door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Radiator grille with chrome surround, two chrome louvres plus vertical bars with high-gloss black front edge and integral Mercedes star
  • Solid paint
  • Visible twin pipe exhaust system integrated into bumper
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED High Performance headlamps including integral LED daytime running lamps
  • LED rear lights
  • Tail lights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Auto dual-zone climate control system
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 3 spoke multifunction steering wheel trimmed in nappa leather with touch control buttons
  • Black door pins
  • Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console, USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Front centre armrest with stowage compartment
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
  • Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
  • Leather upholstery
  • Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
  • Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Courtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
PACKS
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • Parking package with reversing camera - E Class
  • Seat comfort pack - E Class
  • Stowage pack - E Class Estate
SAFETY
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Driver and adaptive front passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags
SEATS
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Four way partially front electric seat adjustment
  • Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
SECURITY
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Keyless entry go starting function
TRANSMISSION
  • 9G TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 17" 5 spoke alloy wheels painted in black with a high-sheen finish
WHEELS - SPARE
  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO: 0.021
  • HC: 35E
  • HC+NOx: 0.035
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • NOx: 0.029
  • Particles: 0.0013
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Bore: 82
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1950
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: COMMON RAIL
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 92.3
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 4.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 6.2
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: d
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 62
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 5
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 194
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 2.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 95
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 77
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 90
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 7.8
  • BHP: 194
  • Engine Power KW: 143
  • Engine Power RPM: 3800
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque MKG: 40.8
  • Engine Torque NM: 400
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1600
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 142
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1460
  • Length: 4945
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6
  • Wheelbase: 2939
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1852
  • Width (including mirrors): 2065
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 640
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2525
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1820
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1845
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 680
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£3,375.43 inc VAT
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Annual Mileage
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Free UK mainland
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TBC
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Personal lease
£375.05
Initial payment (Inc VAT)
£3,375.43
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£312.54
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£2,812.86
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£375.05
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,375.43 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£312.54
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,812.86 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
42,620.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£42,620.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
7.8 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
148 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£375.05
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,375.43 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£312.54
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,812.86 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

MERCEDES-BENZ E Class Estate

E220d Sport 5dr 9G-Tronic

MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS ESTATE *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£375.05
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,375.43 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£312.54
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,812.86 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC