Mercedes-Benz E Class E400d 4Matic AMG Line Premium 5dr 9G-Tronic

  • Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 40.9 mpg
  • 5 door estate
  • 181 g/km CO2

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.

  • 2 USB ports in centre console
  • Aerial integrated in rear window
  • 2 USB ports in the rear
  • High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Driver and adaptive front passenger airbags
  • Window airbags
  • Chrome pins diamond radiator grille, surround in high gloss black, single louvre in chrome with insert in high gloss black and integral star
  • Visible twin pipe exhaust system integrated into bumper
  • Illuminated front door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Chrome roof rails
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side sill panels
  • Stowage pack - E Class Estate
  • Seat comfort pack - E Class
  • Keyless Go comfort pack - E Class
  • Parking package including 360 degree camera - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • 3 spoke multifunction flat bottom AMG steering wheel with chrome inserts and touch control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather
  • Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
  • Front centre armrest with stowage compartment
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
  • Black door pins
  • Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
  • Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
  • Black roof lining
  • Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Leather upholstery
  • Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
  • Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console, USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Remote boot release
  • Easy-pack tailgate - Powered opening/closing automatically
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Badge Power: 330
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 77
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Coin Description: d 4Matic
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 90
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 44E
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 62
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Premium
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • AdBlue: True
  • Based On ID: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 26.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 48.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 45.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.9
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 38.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.9
  • Height (including roof rails): 1467
  • Wheelbase: 2939
  • Height: N
  • Width (including mirrors): 2065
  • Width: 1852
  • Length: 4945
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 71.4
  • Engine Power - BHP: 330
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 516
  • Engine Torque - NM: 700
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1200
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.3
  • Engine Power - KW: 243
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3600
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • CC: 2925
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 181
  • Particles: 0.0006
  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.033
  • HC+NOx: 0.051
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.035
  • HC: N
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R19
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/35 R19
  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Alloys: True
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 640
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2695
  • Max. Loading Weight: 680
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.9
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2015
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1820
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2