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Life with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: 6 Months
Saying goodbye to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate – April 18, 2018
Last summer, editor-at-large Matt Before presenting our Mercedes-Benz E220d 4Matic AMG Line of succession with the list of things not to like – all two of ’em, that is to say the four-wheel-drive system of binding at full steering lock, and a minor issue relating to the use of sat-nav and Apple CarPlay at the same time.
After 22,000 miles and three seasons in the car, I know that we are able to add only one or two in the same way insignificant quibbles to this list, which says a lot about his immense charm. This is an excellent all-rounder.
Consider the following image of our E220d, together with its Class And range companions at Brooklands: you can get, if you want to, And the Classes that are longer, faster, more economical, more robust, or, er, more drop-toppy than ours. Yet, if you were to ask me to choose one to spend many months, I decided to make a beeline for the E220d.
Why? Because the type of riding that does not mean that I put the comfort, the frugality and practicality at the top of my priority list.
Our 2.0-litre diesel has come to the high-spec AMG Line. A handful of options swelled the-road price of almost £ 10,000. We could have done without the additional expense?
Not really, as it turned out. L’ £3895 Premium package includes comfortable upgraded seats and brilliant (in the true sense of the word) LED lights. The package Driving Assistance (£1695) combined, the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist to offer a semi-automatic, that has made long trips much less tiring.
The 360deg camera (£395) has proved to be very useful when negotiating the 4933mm car in tight parking spaces. Perhaps by specifying up-to-date 12.3 in infotainment system with screen (£1495) and widescreen tools (£495) was a touch decadent, but they are very easy to use and read and underline and a technological tour-de-force of this S213 age And Class.
You may be thinking hard as if the 4Matic four-wheel drive system is a necessity. Opting for the two-wheel drive instead would have saved £1600, some of which may be spent for a decent set of winter tyres, as a handful of teeth whitening at the drive in February, snow storms on the standard Goodyear Eagles pointed out.
We were very happy with the fuel economy we achieved in the course of our long-term test. Most of our trips were on the highway, where over 50mpg was easy to achieve and the E-Class excels. Navigate with competence below 1500rpm, and when you have the driving mode set to Comfort, the nine-speed automatic gearbox, stir gently through his relationships.
I have rarely heard much call to involve the more raucous Sport or Sport+ driving mode – is not only what kind of car – nor do I feel inclined to use the steering-wheel-mounted paddles very often. The constant speed of cruise, there is so little of the noise generated by the engine or the body that you’d be forgiven for thinking that the powertrain is electrified, the bar street buzz generated by the run-flat tyres.
We used our E220d for travel to the Island of Mull, Cornwall and Paris. He felt right at home, in sparsely populated areas, the motorways of northern France, where his sublime cruising capability and useful semi-automated driving system, is made to travel without the stress – but also excels in the more remote rural areas.
The last was a surprise, because I was concerned that the size of the car might make it heavy on the country roads, but always weighted steering and excellent all-round visibility make it easy to maneuver on narrow, winding roads.
The cost of the property was reasonable, with the proviso that our machine above average mileage, after nine months contributed to above-average amortization. Rich the E220d with the diesel it was not cheap, but it was nice to fill the car and see the driving range go over 600 miles.
So, those complaints, then. Our car suffered a problem with the driver’s side window, which occasionally refuses to stay completely closed. A reader has written in with a successful solution. I found the wheel of the association on the full steering lock on low-grip surfaces irritating. Several readers have written to tell us that they had complained to the dealers about the problem; some had received spare tires of a different compound that seemed to relieve it. Sure, it feels unfortunately less than premium.
And that’s it. It is really a good thing. The E220d not thrill us with apex-cutter dynamics or a spine-tingling engine note, but mixed exceptionally refined, with a smart cabin layout and flexible powertrain. Its advanced, but the common sense, the technology ensures that feels utterly contemporary, but also fulfils the mandate of a premium load lugger, perhaps more than any previous generation of the large Mercedes estate.
I have a lot of time for this car. It is the ‘ right’ size for the family’s daily life, while the Mercedes makes great interiors, at the time, and the engine is smooth and efficient. If you do not need the towing or off-road capability of an SUV, I don’t know why one is on something like this.
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Life with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: 5 Month
Traction stations – March 14, 2018
The recent snow has made me regret not pass the Class And the Goodyear Eagle F1s for a winter-specific compound. Even if our car is equipped with Merc’s 4Matic+ – wheel-drive system, I slipped on the three miles of untreated roads from my street to the highway. Once on the deleted M3, however, the big Merc felt safe as always.
A cure for our window of boredom – 28 February 2018
Our readers are a savvy group. Rob Quinn was one of many to write with thoughts on the curious window closing problem that plagues our Merc. Based on a similar glitch on his W208-gen CLK, his proposal – press and hold the button in the middle closed to restore the window to the electric function – seems to have cured the problem.
Life with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: 5 Month
All kinds of surprises – 14 February 2018
Even if the 20,000 mile mark is fast approaching, I feel like I’m still learning useful things about our great Merc.
In a recent drive of the M3, the remaining fuel indicator stopped to give me a mileage countdown to empty, and instead a threat to the red fuel pump on the TFT instrument panel. I was keen to tease out the remaining fuel in order to return to my local filling station. In fact, I was mainly determined to avoid stopping at Fleet services, the E220d useful on the screen of the fuel price indicator said I was charging 141 pence per litre for diesel, so I engaged Eco mode Dynamic Select rocker switch.
I do appreciate that the Eco mode, which I rarely used, until now, has a coasting function, so that when you lift your foot from the accelerator pedal to speed from the motorway, take the machine tools for the saving of fuel up to accelerate again.
Obviously you’re still pull together a nice bit of weight, so that our four-wheel drive, tight body, And of Class not slip away or — and some cars with coasting function, but a little attention to the butterfly anticipation and rewards you with a remarkable fuel economy figures.
The ‘service’ indicator on the dash illuminated during Christmas time and so I organized our Class to go out and put in order the day after the day of santo stefano. Using Merc is pleasantly simple online portal, you will need your vehicle identification number and some personal details – I booked the E220d in Mercedes-Benz Basingstoke, part of the Sandown Group of dealerships.
The service has a cost of £378.37 covered and the type of controls and the replacement of the parts that is normal in the first service: fresh oil and filter, and so on. The AdBlue tank is filled again; I’ve already poured into 20 liters of diesel exhaust additive given that our car arrived the autumn, and the technicians seem to have added another 20 litres to the service.
The attentive staff have done an effective job, it keeps me informed of the progress and also gives me a lift to the city, so I could while away the hours until the car was ready for collection.
I’m going to go back in the dealership soon and the attention to the curious peculiarities of the drivers electric side window, refusing to return to a fully closed position. I’ve talked about this before, but it is still raising the head on occasion. If repeatedly the button on the armrest the door, the window closes completely, but then returns automatically to partially open and remains there. How to solve the problem, you need to close the window inches with a few short stabs of the button, stopping the sense that the glass has met the seal of the door – but if you linger on the button, the window opens again.
It’s one of those insignificant, but a bit maddening intermittent problems, so what is the bet that I can’t replicate when I finally get around to visiting the dealership?
In other news, since I mentioned in a previous report the front tire to ‘skip’ that afflicts the Merc acute block at low speed on a slippery road surface., the readers have got in touch to expand their experiences of the problem, which seems to be a feature of many premium cars.
Many suggested that the adoption of a winter or all-season tires, designed with a softer compound and with lower temperatures in mind, able to cure the problem. What’s more, some have reported their car tires replaced under warranty after consulting their Mercedes dealership.
Life with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: Month 4
Cracks in the Merc Class, And the’ armor – January 24, 2018
Two odd and defects. First, the drivers electric window refused to stay fully closed when I pressed the switch, instead of returning to three-quarters closed.
Second, the infotainment system froze for 10 mins when my partner and I connected our phones to the USB ports at the same time.
The first problem seems to be cured. The second is, so far, a one-off.
The Merc is a roadtrip to Dinseyland Paris – January 10, 2018
Our E-Class estate can also be packed to the roof with trinkets of technology, but there is a possibility that has not been used a great deal – the driver Assistance Plus Package.
This adds a semi-autonomous driving features radar cruise control and steering assist capable of following a white line, the car in front and also the guard rails.
That was the excuse I needed to blag the key from the appointed keeper Matt Burt for a holiday to Disneyland Paris. Even without the ” self-driving tech, the thought that spreads through France in a luxuriously furnished holdall capable of around 50mpg was the most interesting.
Setting off at sparrow fart, E220d initially a bit disappointing. While it is certainly comfortable, smooth, but corrugated, highways, rougher surfaces caused the car to squirm a surprising amount, something that you won’t find the equivalent of the 5 Series Touring.
Things improved considerably once we got to the French side of the Tunnel under the English channel. Not only the fluidity of the roads allow the E220d to settle in for a comfortable cruise, with very little traffic and well-visible roads has shown the independent guide feature in its best light.
@Matt_Burt_ in the long term, has managed to get from West Sussex to our hotel at @DisneylandParis on just half a tank of diesel. 49.6 mpg average. pic.twitter.com/wx1nb6kNaB
— Alan Taylor-Jones (@alantaylorjones) November 28, 2017
As soon as I got on the highway, I set the cruise control to 130 km/h, made in such a way that the steering assist and has comfortable. It is always necessary to hold the wheel (let it go and it will beep at you after a couple of seconds and then turn off the automatic driving), but you would be amazed how few inputs you actually have to do.
With clear white lines, you hear the steering wheel to twist in your hands, as you will be guided through gentle bends, with the minimum of effort. There is no ‘pinballing’ between the white lines that occur with some rival systems, instead, is held in the center of the lane, most of the time.
You should approach another car, you get notified in the instrument cluster before the car starts tightening the brakes. I found that a flick of the indicators for the first warning has been sufficient to maintain the constant speed, with the Class And lane change, would automatically no other car.
While a lot of people (including my nervous wife in the passenger seat) still have reservations with regards to the car intelligent, in any point of the journey made me feel at all worried that the machine was going to spear me off the road or do anything remotely in the field. Given that the majority of the route was dull as ditchwater, I was more than happy to let the Merc do the work.
Of course, there are a lot of other things that our E220d summer is good: the global economy was in the high 40’s for the trip and there was a lot of space for some cheap red wine.
Meet the Merc AdBlue – requests- 03 January 2018
The Merc was thirsty for more AdBlue, that spoke to me through a message on the dashboard.
The last time it was low on diesel exhaust fluid), I’m sure that gave me a ‘miles to empty’ countdown, but this time it went straight to Defcon 1 without notice.
A further 10 litres of AdBlue have given me a range of 4700 km.
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Life with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: 3 Month
The cut of the lottery to fill – December 28, 2017
The Merc sat-nav map shows the price of a litre of oil every fueling station along the route.
Rather, it is a very useful function, especially when the Shell at Fleet services M3 is showing 139.9 pence per litre and Texaco in nearby Hartley Wintney is 120.9 ppl and I need to tense the large estate of 66 litres, the fuel tank almost empty.
Mull-ing over to the E-Class Estate, and gloss – 29 November 2017
Reader Michael Williams accused me of a ‘double fail’ apparently pitiful the average fuel consumption that I got in on a 567-mile trek from the Island of Mull in Basingstoke.
Michael pointed out that my indicated 47.8 mpg average pales in comparison with 53.3 mpg had achieved in his E350 Estate on a total of 453 km away, and fell in comparison with the new World-wide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) figure of 67.3 mpg for the E220d.
I would like to argue my learned friend has failed to notice that our car is a 4Matic four-wheel-drive E220d, which rates the official claimed combined economy figure of 57.7 km.
In any case, I don’t think the average achieved over a variety of roads, weather, traffic conditions and states of mind, it was too shabby, but I greet Michael’s parsimonious efforts.
My drive to the island of the inner hebrides to stay in a static mobile home to watch the Mull rally was an opportunity to really test the E220d on a long car journey.
First, a practice he says-the-flower-the obvious fact: this is a nice car. I was tickled by the view from the top deck of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to the island of Mull, where the Merc is 4933mm seemed to outstretch most of the other cars on the lower deck.
When we set off on our trip, this was a cause of concern. Most of Mull’s roads are narrow and winding – the ferry carries the characteristic leaflets advising the use of passing places on single-track lanes – and I was worried that our Class And may prove to be too cumbersome.
That was unfounded; for a large and fairly heavy car, this Merc is surprisingly light, precise (and still feelsome) steering, in particular in the driving mode in Comfort, and once you’ve worked in that measure it is possible to ignore the more sensitive proximity sensors, it is easy to place on narrow roads.
The impressive headlamps are useful when driving in the dark on the remote road.
Our car is equipped with Multibeam LED headlights that come as part of the £3895 Premium Plus pack. Each projector has 84 individually controlled Leds arranged in a grid pattern, which is adjustable in a multitude of ways to provide better illumination around corners, in the rain, and so on. They provide an excellent depth and the diffusion of bright white lighting, which is particularly useful on an island inhabited by deer with a death wish.
The other factor that comes into play in the case of long journeys in comfort. I realized during our long, steep back in the car that you really notice like cuddling or otherwise a car is when you’re stuck in solid traffic.
When not in movement, the body and the mind get restless, but, like Baby Bear’s porridge, I find that our car AMG Line driving seat, the right is supportive, but does not stop.
A couple of new loopholes do not arise. The first is partial obstruction of the traffic coming from the right A pillar, although this is probably down to the directions of my driving position, which is that of a person who is short of leg.
Second, I have noticed that during our bumper to bumper crawl that our Merc’s stop-start system switches the engine off very quickly.
Sometimes you react when you don’t want, because the traffic is moving and you are getting ready to take the gas. I am reluctant to release the stop-start, though.Mr Williams would never forgive me.
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Life with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: Month 2
Gaining the E-Class Estate attention – 08 November 2017
When the Attention Assist, which switches on a warning message when it recognizes that the driver may be tired, it appeared in the course of a recent long car trip, don’t make me turn toward the nearest of the services for a triple espresso, but do not require a conversation between me and my travel buddy when you could be the next stop. Job done, then.
Valence E-Class Estate legs – October 25, 2017
If you wake up in Basingstoke and to be on the Island of Mull in time to grab dinner from the Prince Charles-approved) fish ‘n’ chip van on Tobermory harbour, you need a machine like this.
A large diesel tank means that you stop more regularly for the supply of fuel to the occupants of the car, and its blend of space, comfort, safety, performance and useful tech make it ideal for a 556-mile trek.
We travel from Merc too… pic.twitter.com/LdUAIMceWC
— Matt Burt (@Matt_Burt_), 12 October, 2017
Do the math with the Class And real Estate – October 18, 2017
One of the vehicles in the photo above is of a people-carrier and load lugger extraordinary, a go-anywhere, in practice the German machine designed to tackle everything that life can throw at it. The other is a Volkswagen Type 2. Titter.
Seriously, if I were asked to choose one of these vehicles, where to spend a trip with a companion, I would choose the red (I’m sorry, that’s ‘hyacinth red metallic, to you and me). In fact, I’m about to embark on an adventure to the Hebrides. More on that in a future report.
I took the photo below in a car park in the New Forest, in a day when our E220d was pressed father-chauffeuring duties.
That day, he had a little of everything, but if you have a fast cruise on the M3 or pootling past the ponies and donkeys through the village of Beaulieu, which he performed with ease.
The blurb at the head of this article explains that we propose to evaluate this E220d ‘sports sections, but I’m not sure if that is something of a misnomer. That is not to say that he reacts badly to being pushed – on the contrary – but if this car has some sports are characterized by quiet, ruthless efficiency and unflappability.
Think Stephen Hendry or Don Bradman, in their pride, rather than the type of rhetoric the word “sporting” means.
Spend a couple of weeks, E220d has caused me to ponder this philosophy of “sportsmanship” that car manufacturers in general, perhaps spurred on by buyers – and seems to have an obsession.
For the most part, are quite content bowling around with Comfort engaged on the big Merc’s Dynamic Select driving mode controller. Even without engaging Sport mode, the E220d is not left wanting, with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system of the prodigious levels of grip even on the fat, the roads and the air suspension while maintaining flawless composure on winding, narrow alleys.
Our car is specified in terms of performance-biased AMG Line trim (€2495 premium over the model below it) so in and out is equipped with shimmering from Affalterbach shop cabinets. But even with all this, it still feels like a worn-out, laid-back cruiser, and all the better for it, in my opinion.
Our E220d it is difficult to find a flaw so far. I found myself wondering if the street noise can be a pinch less in a two-wheel-drive variant, or if it is down for the 19in tires mounted in place of the 17in or 18in available on the SE-trim models.
As excellent as the cabin, some of the pictures could be better organized. I’d also like the fan control of the air and the Dynamic Select button, to be closer to the driver, rather than on the passenger’s side of the center console.
Something else? Well, the engine and transmission impact slightly on where I like to position my left leg in the footwell. Do you think these niggles are insignificant, but, so far, the identification of significant demerits is proving to be a challenge.
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Life with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: 1 Month
Welcoming the E220d Estate to our fleet – August 23, 2017
The four-wheel-drive system binds slightly on full lock. The car navigation disappears, and only uses the phone for navigation if you are using Apple CarPlay.
And that, friends, is the sum total of the things that so far do not like the Mercedes-Benz E220d 4Matic AMG Line Estate.
This is unusual. Oh, sure, there are things that I have justified in other long-term test cars.
Things that you think: “well, it’s a bit annoying, but I can understand why they did it, and does not bother me much”, and you let it go.
But the E-Class? Well, it’s just polished to the extent that there are very few imperfections.
Unusual, then, but probably should not be a surprise. The last Class, And is fairly new to the executive car class and has joined in a moment he said the class has never been more competitive.
The Audi A6 Avant, the grey of his beard, if it is, it is still nice for its dim but solid. The latest generation of the Volvo V90 is more sympathetic still mainly for its non-dim and still solid – there is a new BMW 5 Series, also.
The amount that these cars sell in – much bigger luxury cars above their means their manufacturers tend to throw the whole lot of them. I doubt that there is a class of car in the world in which it is in the game.
For this Class, And, therefore, Mercedes is restored to the tradition. The And was at times – most times – solid, reliable and comfortable. A bit like you wish your home: there, right there, where it was when you left it, not tiring to sit in, so that it is easy to get out of it, as it was to get into it several hours before.
The new And that ago. Oh, yes, new And never do it.
Semi-autonomous of the loan in-Class: adaptive cruise and lane keep. Not bad. Keeps the lane pos; front gap is understandably conservative. pic.twitter.com/FW7eddq4kO
— Matt Prior (@matty_prior) August 11, 2017
Seats: great, comfortable support. The position: large, adjustable, easy reach of the wheel. This machine has (as an option) electric chairs, and you can tell that some buyers will be the fact that I can push a button to adjust the front passenger seat from my driving position; to give, say, a payment for the passengers and more space for the legs.
Has the infotainment system, too. Has infotainment coming out of its ears. All singing, all dancing show to this are optional – there are a lot of options to hear, über-swish, unfortunately, but if you spec them, this feels every inch a junior S-Class.
The controls are sensitive. There is a touchscreen, which is good, and there are two large control pad on the transmission tunnel. Usually, that would occupy the space that you want for the cup holders and such, but the Class And the gearlever is on a column stalk, allowing the swivel, pressed the knob, the more the multi-function pad above it – you can write on it, or you can press the button – the space they need to work.
And if you’re looking at the pad and think that you might press accidentally if you rest the wrist on it, you are having the same thoughts that the Mercedes’ engineers have done. If you push with the wrist, nothing happens. Two fingers, three, four, with the closed fist: nothing happens. But press on it with a diddy finger, when you want to do something, and does not respond. Perhaps witchcraft is at work.
However, here is one of my complaints. The buddy system, immediately, with my phone. Apple CarPlay starts and gives me my music is immediate. But if I want to use the nav, and there is every possibility – Mercedes, inexplicably, crashes, navigation system and only opens Apple Maps, which I don’t use. Maybe there is a way around it, but the internet suggests not.
Finally worked on how to get all the screens you want in a class And at once. speed, rev, music, apps, Merc nav, phone/voice texts. Phew pic.twitter.com/W18rhV8Lvo
— Matt Prior (@matty_prior) 6 September 2017
Still, a small gripe. Oh, yes, what else. This Mercedes is a E220d 4Matic, which means that it has a 191bhp 2.0-liter diesel that drives all four wheels (with a 45:55 front and rear power split) through a nine-speed transmission.
To tell the truth, most of the time, it was four-wheel drive. Driving smoothly and elegantly, and with the kind of soft ride that an E-Class should have.
And if you don’t pay attention, you can not fail to note the association of four-wheel drive, complete locking system, which is only particularly widespread on the gravel anyway. But, then, four-wheel-drive system will help me to get out of my way, and on a busy street, because the traction is brilliant. Swings and rides.
Also I’d like to feel more comfortable trying to pull things that weigh near And 2100kg towing limit on the grass, with four-wheel drive.
With the options listed below, in this Class, And weighs in at £52,820. It is in AMG Line trim. Mercedes offers it, too. The AMG Line is apparently the most athletic, but in reality sportif in any way and by any means. And this is absolutely fine by me. This, so far, is proving to be a very easy machine to live. Matt Prior
As a journalist, I always have my ear twisted by the road testers on the transport too kit.
For a recent shoot in Snowdonia, I packed up the cameras, tripods, sliders, jib… you get the point. However, I don’t even need to bend the E220d rear seats. Maybe I should buy a drone.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate costs & specific
Prices: list price new £42,855; List price now £43,455; Price as tested £52,820; Dealer value of £33,395; the Private value is now £29,695; Commercial value now £27,575 Options: Premium package (power/memory seat, keyless go, sunroof, Burmester stereo, LED lights) £3895, package, Driving Assistance blindspot, lane keep, brake and lane change assist, adaptive cruise, the pre-safe plus) £1695, automatic climate control £750, 360deg camera £395, 12.3 in the monitor £1495, widescreen tools £495, privacy glass £345, metallic paint £895
Fuel consumption and range: the Claimed economy 57.7 mpg; fuel tank 66 litres; Test average of 49.2 mpg; best Test, 53.3 mpg; Test worst 46.5 mpg; in the Real world range of 648 km
Tech highlights: 0-62mph 7.8 sec; maximum speed 145mph; Engine 4 cyls, 1950cc Max power 191bhp; Max torque 295lb ft; Transmission of 9-spd automatic; Boot capacity 640-1820 litres; Wheels 19in alloy; Tyres 245/40 R19 (f), 275/35 R19 (r) Goodyear Eagle; weight in running order 1855kg
The service and the cost of management: the Contract of hire rate of £548.17 (30k miles/36mth); CO2 137g/km; the cost of Service of £378.37; Other costs of the AdBlue top-ups, £30; Fuel costs £2798.61; management costs inc fuel £3206.98; Cost per mile 13 pence; Depreciation of £25,245; Cost per mile inc dep n £1.22; Fault Intermittent, power windows, glitch (solved)
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