New Mercedes E-Class Estate hits UK showroomsMerc's premium load-lugger now bigger and cheaper
22 January 2010
Mercedes has announced the UK pricing for its new Estate - which comes complete with class-leading load space and self-levelling air suspension as standard.
The big news about the new Mercedes E-Class Estate isn’t just the load area, which at a maximum of 1,950 litres comfortably leads the premium sector; with entry-level prices from £29,785, the new E-Class Estate starts 4% cheaper than the model it replaces.
And with CO2 emissions from just 150g/km, it is also far more efficient.
‘Easy-Pack’ practicality, massive load space
Practicality is paramount in the new Mercedes E-Class Estate. ‘Easy-Pack’ features include an electric tailgate that can be activated via the keyfob, one-touch ‘Quickfold’ rear seats that can also be collapsed from the load area via levers in the D-pillars (the vertical frame between the boot and the final rear window), and underfloor storage that totals 112 litres, in addition to the regular boot space.
Even with the rear seats in place the boot has 695 litres of space, while other clever touches include a soft load cover that automatically moves out of the way when you open the tailgate. With rear seats folded, the absolute maximum load length is 320cm and Mercedes reckons you’ll easily fit in a moderately sized fridge-freezer, 50-inch flatscreen television or 5ft sideboard undismantled.
You can even have an extra pair of rear facing seats for the boot area, though these are designed only for small children.
Three diesel and four petrol engines will be offered at launch, with 98% of sales predicted to include Mercedes’ BlueEfficiency fuel-saving measures.
Greenest of all is the entry E 220 CDI diesel. This 2.2-litre twin-turbo returns an official combined fuel economy figure of 49.6mpg and produces 150g/km CO2 emissions - an improvement of 9.8mpg and 38g/km CO2 over the previous generation. E 250 CDI and E 350 CDI V6 turbodiesels are also offered.
The petrol range comprises E 200 CGI, E 250 CGi, E 350 CGi V6 and E 500 V8 - with an E 63 AMG performance variant arriving in March.
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Come June the E 350 CDI V6 will also be offered in BlueTec guise. This powerplant is already Euro 6 emissions compliant, thanks to reduced levels of environmentally damaging nitrogen oxide or ‘NOx’ emissions, leading Mercedes to claim it is the cleanest diesel engine in the world.
Higher levels of standard equipment
Trim levels for the new E-Class Estate comprise SE, Avantgarde and Sport, each better equipped than their predecessors.
Highlights including ‘Advanced parking Guidance and Parktronic’ on the SE; leather upholstery, Bi-Xenons and LED running lights, lowered suspension and 17-inch alloys for the £2,495 extra you’ll pay for Avantgarde; AMG bodystyling, sports suspension, sports seats and 18-inch AMG alloys on Sport at £3,995.
Safest in class?
All of the advanced safety equipment is carried over from the E-Class Saloon into the E-Class Estate, including ‘Attention Assist’, which monitors the driver for drowsiness.
You also get nine airbags, an Active Bonnet to protect pedestrians in case of impact, and ‘Pre-Safe’ anticipatory passenger protection. Adaptive headlights are also standard on Avantgarde and Sport, giving a better view of the road ahead at night.
The new Mercedes E-Class Estate starts from £29,785 for the E200 CGI, which is a £1,750 premium over the Saloon, accounting not only for the extra bodywork but also the Easy-Pack standard equipment. The top spec AMG E63 AMG version will cost £73,855.
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