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£58,025 when new
Not quite SUV, not quite estate? Yep, we’ve seen this before in cars like the Audi Allroad variants, Volvo Cross Countrys, Skoda Scouts and VW Alltracks, and the recipe is the same here: a decent wagon lightly jacked up, slightly butched and with all-wheel drive. A kind of halfway house for those who don’t want/need an SUV, but might need a bit more off-roadability and general versatility. These are not rock crawlers or endowed with savage-but-unused off-road nous - but they can cope with muddy farm tracks and towing a horsebox out of a field without much trouble. Sensible all-rounders, in other words. So what is it? An E-Class Estate, essentially, with all the load-carrying capacity and general excellence that entails. Except in this case it’s got some plastic wheelarches and body cladding to define it, bigger wheels and an extra setting for the Air Body Control air springs. It sits 29mm higher than the normal E - bigger tyres accounting for 14mm, the remaining 15mm due to the higher-riding suspension.