Mercedes E-Class hybrid practicality & boot space
The Mercedes E-Class hybrid’s battery reduces boot space quite considerably, but the E 300 de is at least available as an estate
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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 370 litres, but that's 170 litres less than the diesel and petrol cars. What's more, that 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest Mercedes E-Class hybrid is available with petrol or diesel power, and is a comfortable alternative to the sportier BMW 530e
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid has a decent electric range and impressive CO2 and MPG figures, on paper at least
- 3Running costsFor company-car drivers and those with relatively short commutes, the Mercedes E-Class hybrid will be extremely cheap to run
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Mercedes E-Class plug-in hybrids are powerful, but can feel a bit less dynamic due to their added weight
- 5Interior & comfortInterior comfort, luxury and technology is a Mercedes E-Class speciality and the latest model doesn't let the side down
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid’s battery reduces boot space quite considerably, but the E 300 de is at least available as an estate
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid's excellent safety score and the company’s reputation for reliability should give buyers confidence