First drive – The new Mercedes E-Class Estate
Almost exactly 50 years after the debut of their very first production estate car, based on the W110 ‘fintail’ saloon, Mercedes has rolled out their new E-Class estate, which they claim to be the best car of its type they have ever built.
It is not uncommon for a modern estate car to be aesthetically superior to the saloon on which it is based, and that is the case here. While the new E-Class saloon is an elegant and well-proportioned car that successfully role-plays business and family use, the new E-Class estate (S213) has a less formal mission in life and so takes formality down a notch to raise its lifestyle game even further.
Once glance at the new cars profile tells you that the rear overhang has been shortened. The elegantly shaped D-pillars that take their styling cue from the C-pillars of the classic W111 S-Class and C215 Coupes do a lot to reduce the perceived bulk of the rear quarter, and the new estate looks both tauter and sportier as a result.
With more of the cars load inside its wheelbase, the reduced rear overhang is also a positive development for weight distribution and handling. Self-levelling air suspension is standard at the rear, with Air Body Control a cost option.