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Mercedes E-Class hybrid boot space & seating

The Mercedes E-Class hybrid's battery reduces boot space quite considerably, but the E 300 de is at least available as an estate

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

3.5 out of 5

LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up)
4,923mm1,852mm1,468mm370 litres

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 purely petrol and diesel models.

Mercedes E-Class hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

Neither the driver nor their 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.

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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.

Boot space

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 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.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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