The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is arriving in Ireland next week, with pricing from €55,700.

Visually, it has a longer, sleeker, less upright look than the E-Class Saloon, and you can still choose between two different grilles. The Exclusive line has a classic radiator grille with bonnet-mounted star, while more sporty Avantgarde and AMG lines have the star motif centred within the grille.

A load sill guard in stainless steel and integrated roof rails are standard.

Practical features inside include rear seat backrests that split fold 40:20:40 and a 670 litre boot that can expand to 1,820 litres. The rear backrests can be tilted forwards to create an extra 30 litres of boot space. Towing capacity is up to 2100kg.

There is also a backwards-facing rear seat within the luggage area. When needed, it can be folded open to accommodate two children, increasing passenger carrying space to seven, and then folded into the floor when not in use.

In Ireland, the E-Class Estate range kicks off with the E220d Avantgarde Automatic at €55,700. Models in Exclusive trim start at €58,085 and an AMG line at €61,415, and they will both be available to order.

Following in time will be a E350d, E350e Hybrid and a powerful E43 AMG.

Caroline Kidd