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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is now on sale and the E 220 CDI Estate emits just 150 g/km which is a significant 38 g/km less than the previous generation. Fuel economy of this model also improves by almost 10 mpg to 49.6 mpg.

The improvements translate to reductions of up to 33 per cent on company car tax. The range also includes the first BlueTEC engine for the UK, which already meets EU-6 standards.

From launch there will be a choice of seven engines: three diesel and four petrol. Weight reduction, efficient energy management systems as well as improved aerodynamics are standard – all of which have a positive effect on the fuel economy and emissions of the new car.

The E 220 CDI Estate returns 49.6 mpg, an improvement of 9.8 mpg, and emits just 150 g/km, 38 g/km less than the previous generation. These improvements also have a positive impact for company car users. The P11D value for a company car driver using an E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Avantgarde is £30,935. With the car now in the 21 per cent tax band for 2009/10, a seven band fall from 28 per cent, the benefit in kind would be £6,496.35. Therefore those paying 40 per cent tax would be charged £2,598.54 a year, £216.55 a month, equating to a 33 per cent reduction over the previous E-Class Estate.

The diesel line-up also includes the E 250 CDI and the V6 E 350 CDI Estate.

June 2010 sees the arrival of a fourth diesel engine, the E 350 BlueTEC – the world’s cleanest diesel engine, which already meets EU-6 standards that come in to effect in 2014. BlueTEC technology has been developed by Mercedes-Benz to improve diesel emissions, especially nitrogen oxides, the only exhaust gas constituent that is inherently higher in diesel engines than petrol engines. Water based urea solution, AdBlue, is injected into the exhaust flow reducing 80 per cent of nitrogen oxides to harmless nitrogen and water.

The petrol line-up starts with the E 200 CGI which returns 35.8 mpg and emits 184 g/km. The E 250 CGI, E 350 CGI and E 500 complete the range at launch.

The new E-Class Estate comes with an Easy-Pack electronic tailgate which can be activated at the press of a button on the key, opening the tailgate and automatically raising the load compartment cover making up to 695 litres available with the rear seats in place. The rear seats can be folded down using just one finger thanks to the Easy-Pack Quickfold system, opening the load capacity up to 1,950 litres. In addition to this a further 112 litres of load space can be found in the folding load compartment under the floor. To cope with the likely heavy loads, the E-Class Estate is fitted with rear self-levelling air suspension as standard.

Model lines for the E-Class Estate will be SE, Avantgarde and Sport, and all feature much higher levels of standard equipment than the outgoing models.

The E-Class Estate costs £1,750 more than the Saloon but pricing for the Estate is four per cent lower than the outgoing model, resulting in the range starting from £29,785 for the E 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY SE.