Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Motoring Review
The re-styled Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate brings an attractive blend of class and comfort. Updated in looks, the Estate appears somewhat younger and fresher but still very elegant. With class leading interior space, a list of updated engine options and excellent driver assist packages, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate will not disappoint those looking at buying a car in the MPV/ family-wagon segment.
The revised exterior shows a redesigned front end. The most noticeable feature is an update to the old E-Class signature 'quad' headlamp arrangement. This has been replaced with a singular and neater front cluster. The headlamps are fitted with LED low beam and LED daytime running lamps as standard, while all-LED technology is available for the first time in this class as an option. The bonnet is a pronounced V-shape with the headlights, grille and front air intakes all pointing towards the centre focal point of the three-pointed Mercedes star emblem. Looking from the side, there is an enhanced character line in the rear door which gives the car a forward stance. The elegant rear section, with its outstanding loading functionality, offers extra space and adds to the vehicle's muscular and imposing road presence.
Looking inside, there's a new 3-dial instrument cluster, a dashboard with an integral colour display as well as new-look central air vents and a traditional-looking analogue clock. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel is also a defining feature. The vast boot (695 litres), with its handy electric tailgate is standard on all Estate models. Drop the rear seats and the loading space increases to a huge 1950 litres. The EASY-PACK intelligent load-compartment management system (FIXKIT) includes special loading rails and a load sill guard. The telescopic bar and cargo rails can divide the load compartment into variable zones. Bulky objects can be secured to the sides of the luggage compartment using the retractable load-restraining belt, making those family weekend camping trips a breeze. A panoramic sliding sunroof is also available as an option, giving great lighting conditions and all-round visibility. There are new interior options available with contrasting colours – no fewer than eight different contrasting colour blends as well as trim elements in wood or aluminium. The E-Class Estate comes jam-packed with specifications including: electrically adjustable front seats (with memory), folding wing mirrors, electric steering wheel adjustment, cruise control, climate control, USB connectivity and Bluetooth.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class range is offered with a choice of six petrol engines with a power output ranging from 135kW to 300kW, and three diesel engines with power outputs rated at 125kW to 195kW. Transmission comes in the form of either a six-speed manual or the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission.
State-of-the-art and advanced safety features are abundant in this model. The list is long with Mercedes-Benz's 'Intelligent Drive' safety features including: Mercedes-Benz's Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, BAS PLUS, PRE-SAFE Brake, PRE-SAFE PLUS, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist PLUS, Active Parking Assist, Traffic Sign Assist and a 360-degree camera.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is the perfect cruising car, from everyday operation to leisure driving and long-distance travelling. Its huge well-shaped boot, together with several thoughtful and practical finishing-touches, makes doing life in this car just that little bit easier. Pricing starts at R645 594 for the Mercedes-Benz E250 Estate in Elegance trim. (Prices may go up or down according to various factors, please consult your dealer for the latest price.)