Mercedes E-Class hybrid practicality & boot space
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The Mercedes E-Class is generally a spacious car, whether in saloon or Estate form. Passengers should be comfortable wherever they're sitting, but the hybrid system does take up some of the generous luggage space found in the pure petrol and diesel models.
Mercedes E-Class hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
Neither the driver nor the passengers are likely to have complaints about comfort in a Mercedes E-Class. Both the saloon and Estate can reasonably be described as full five-seaters, although as always the middle rear seat isn't going to be the most comfortable spot for an adult on longer journeys.
Storage-wise, there's a deep central cubbyhole between the front seats, giving you plenty of room to keep items, while a large trinket tray in front of the multimedia controller is the perfect spot for a smartphone. In fact, this is where the wireless charging option is located if specified. Good-sized door bins running the full length of the doors and a generous glovebox feature as well.
This is the one area where you pay a penalty for choosing a plug-in hybrid E-Class over a purely petrol or diesel one. The four-door saloon has a luggage capacity of 400 litres, but that's around 100 less than the diesel and petrol cars. What's more, that 100-litre loss takes the form of an awkward box-shaped intrusion into the hybrid's boot.
If you need more space, go for the estate (although note this is available only with the E 300 de diesel engine and not the E 300 e petrol). Here you've got 480 litres to fill, though that’s only measured to the luggage cover – retracting this and using the full height gives you far more space to play with.