Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

E-Class Is Bang on the Money

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

E-Class Is Bang on the Money

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Byline: Patrick James

TO many, owning a car with the iconic three-pointed star is a sign you have arrived.

Unless of course, you are driving a battered 15-year-old taxi, with a dodgy diesel engine and bodywork that has seen better days, but even these veteran wagons offer comfort and refinement.

Owning one is still a sign of being pretty well-heeled, but the German prestige car maker is now in a tough battle for supremacy within the executive/luxury sector, so their cars have to offer something special.

The new E-Class estate offers plenty.

It is big. Big on size, big on quality and big on practicality.

Capable of accommodating five adults with comfort, the already cavernous load space of 695 litres is supplemented by folding split rear seats, increasing this to 1,950 litres.

Van-like proportions, but certainly not van-like refinement. The Merc, for an estate, is quite a looker.

For added practicality, there is a net and bag hooks in the boot, drink holders and side pockets galore.

The interior too is of the highest quality, taking a minimalist approach.

This means instrumentation is simple, concise and precise. Controls are excellent and are constructed from the highest-quality materials, which is the least you should expect from a car costing pounds 30,000-plus.

For that layout of cash it comes with a comprehensive array of comforts, luxuries and safety equipment which includes climate control, cruise control and parking sensors, hand-made leather seats and excellent sound system.

Pretty much standard stuff on expensive cars, but it adds neat stuff like an automatic, powered tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, folding load compartment floor with a collapsible crate, quick-release buttons for the fold-down seats on the pillars, rear, self-leveling air suspension and roof rails, to name just a few. …

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