Mercedes-Benz is known for producing aspirational wagons for over 50 years now, but the newly unveiled E-Class Estate could be the most alluring model yet. The previous generation of E-Class wagons have often been quite sensible and reasonable cars, but the W214 load lugger, which arrives in the European market this fall, has an athletic-looking sleeker roofline, which gives it a very dynamic appearance. The largest of the three Mercedes wagons has an extremely spacious interior, even bigger than the model that preceded it. The wheelbase of the model, code-named S214, has been extended by 22mm to 2,961mm for more legroom, while its breadth has increased by 28mm to 1,880mm for more elbow space. The height of the car has also increased by 1mm and is not 1,469mm. Similarly, the length has grown by 4mm and now sits at 4,949mm. Let's find out more about the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.
New Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate: Increased Legroom
Amidst all the excitement surrounding the sportier and more stylish appearance of the latest E-Class Estate, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that the new wagon has made some compromises in terms of practicality. According to the premium carmaker, the new model boasts significant improvements in rear legroom, thanks to a 22mm increase in wheelbase. Detailed measurements provided by the carmaker support these claims, showcasing fractional increases in interior space across all dimensions, except for the front shoulder room, which remains unchanged.
However, a comparison of trunk sizes between the new and old wagons reveals that the new model has sacrificed some volume for the sake of aesthetics. While the reported increase in capacity with the seats folded down is only slightly noticeable, ranging from 1,820 to 1,830 litres, there is a decrease in capacity from 640 to 615 litres when the rear seats are in place.
New Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate: Powertrain Details
Mercedes will first offer the wagon in Europe in the E200, E220d, and E300e plug-in hybrid variants. A 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 204bhp and 320Nm of torque is used in the gasoline-powered version. The four-pot mill powers the mild-hybrid model, which also has an electric motor to add an extra 23bhp and 205Nm of torque. This combination can reach a peak speed of 231km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds.
The 2.0-litre unit of the E220d diesel variant employs the same 48V system and produces 197bhp of maximum power and 440Nm of peak torque. It can complete the 0 – 100km/h sprint in 7.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 230km/h. Moreover, the automaker has announced that a six-cylinder diesel will soon be available for more power. The nine-speed automatic gearbox, which has been upgraded to improve packaging and reduce weight, is used in all models.
The E300e generates 312bhp overall via the combination of a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. The e-motor churns out 129bhp and 440Nm compared to the ICE's 204bhp and 320Nm. With a 0 – 100km/h sprint time of 6.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 227km/h, it’s claimed to be the fastest of the three. The electric range (WLTP cycle) of the model can reach 100 kilometres, thanks to a 25.4kWh battery pack. The manufacturer has said that a diesel PHEV will be introduced later. There will also be AMG models, but it is unclear if the V8 will be offered with them.
New Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate: Interior Features
With the E-Class Estate, the brand has continued with its digital-focused approach to interior design. It features the most recent third-generation MBUX infotainment system from the company, which includes voice assistance, augmented reality, and online music streaming. A set of digital applications, including TikTok, Angry Birds, and Zoom, is also offered. Further, it also includes a highly developed AI system, capable of learning the driver's routines and habits, which can then be used by the system to make recommendations for the driver.
It is worth mentioning that in countries such as Germany, the E-Class Estate offers an optional driverless valet parking feature, which incorporates level-four autonomous technology. Previously, this feature was only available on the S-Class model.