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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

9/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

£39,555£95,305

On the inside

Layout, finish and space

It’s big. The boot’s 1,820 litres with the seats folded flat, or 640 litres with everything in place, there’s a gap of 1.1 meters between the wheel arches and a maximum payload of 745kg. Then there’s the little hooks, cubbies, securing-rings that Mercedes has scattered about the cabin. You could lose your youngest in one of the door bins. Or you could strap them into the optional rearward facing third-row bench seat, which can accommodate kids no older than six, and no taller than 3ft 9in.

Up front the twin 12.3in screens are an option well worth specifying (£XX in all) and a breeze to operate via the standard-Merc rotary dial on the centre console. We’re not massive fans of the touch-sensitive controls on the wheel, though. Your swipes don’t always register first time, so you have to keep a proper eye on the displays. Seats are great, and the whole thing just oozes quality and style.

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