Mercedes E-Class Estate - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Mercedes E-Class estate is capable of up to 72mpg in its most efficient guise

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Mercedes knows the importance of economy and low emissions, not just for reasons of environmental responsibility, but also because good headline figures sell cars. A key feature of the latest model is a 2.0-litre diesel engine that offers the best fuel consumption an E-Class Estate has ever offered, while servicing costs are easy to predict.

Mercedes E-Class Estate MPG & CO2

The E-Class Estate engine range opens with a 2.0-litre diesel in the E200d and E220d, both of which achieve 67.3mpg in SE trim, and along with the car’s large fuel tank this gives a very generous range fill-to-fill. Also impressive is the E220d SE’s CO2 output; at 109g/km, company car drivers will be liable for a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate of just 23% - that’s low for such a powerful car. Bear in mind, though, that AMG Line models give off a higher 120g/km due to the extra drag and friction of their bigger wheels and tyres.

Increased fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are also a consequence of choosing the 4MATIC four-wheel drive system on the E220d. It takes the fuel consumption down from 67.3mpg to 57.7mpg and ups CO2 emissions to 126g/km, as well as adding 4% to the (BIK) rate. Of further concern is that we struggled to break 40mpg during a week of relatively gentle driving in an E220d AMG Line 4MATIC.

The high-performance AMG E43 petrol is capable of returning 32.8mpg while emitting 197g/km of CO2. These figures beat those of the Audi S6, which returns 30.7mpg, but is slightly down on the Jaguar XF S, which claims 34mpg. In the real world, however, all three are cars a likely to be very similar.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), every version of E-Class Estate costs £140 a year to tax. Those with a list price (including options) of more than £40,000 are liable for an additional surcharge of £310 a year in years two to six, bringing the annual bill to £450 during that period.

Insurance group

The cheapest E Class estate to insure is the entry-level E200d, which starts in group 28. The E220d starts in 31, while the E350d is rated in group 41. The high-performance E43 falls into groups 42 and 43, depending on spec.

Warranty

All Mercedes models sold in the UK are covered by a three year/unlimited-mileage warranty. This can be extended yearly – owners can arrange warranty extensions by contacting the company directly via the Mercedes website.

Servicing

Every E-Class needs servicing once every year or every 15,500 miles, whichever happens first. Services alternate between minor and major, with additional operations occasionally due depending on model. Brake fluid will need to be changed every two years, as will the air-conditioning filter.

A Service Care plan can be arranged for either two, three or four years depending on your average mileage. Any Mercedes dealership can provide you with details. Service costs are set by the manufacturer, and precise quotes can be obtained on the Mercedes website.

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