The Mercedes E-Class has a roomy cabin and a bigger boot than most large executive cars but the curved boot opening can make it a pain to load bulky items
The Mercedes E-Class is a favourite among luxury taxi drivers, so you won’t be surprised to learn it is spacious. In the front you get four-way adjustable electric heated front seats, and they slide so far back on their runners that even really, really tall adults can get seated with room to spare. The seats are height-adjustable and you can adjust the steering wheel for height and reach too.
Space in the back is also pretty good. The back doors open wide to make it easier for your passengers to get in, and there’s even an optional £435 system that will close the doors automatically for that ultimate chauffeur experience. The rear seats are slightly reclined so your passengers will feel nice and relaxed, and there’s loads of knee room. Headroom is also fine, but if you’ll regularly carry tall adults then BMW 5 Series has even more space. The Mercedes E-Class is better if you’ll be carrying three people, though – the middle seat feels flatter than the BMW 5 Series’ and your passengers also get more foot room.
You’ll find fitting a child seat is easy thanks to the big door openings and the clearly marked Isofix points. There’s more than enough room to get the base onto the back seats and it’s easy to slot into the Isofix points before you fit the seat in on top.
The Mercedes E-Class is crammed full of storage areas so you’ll have no excuse for spoiling the cabin with clutter. All the doors can carry a 1.5-litre bottle of water and the glovebox does the same. The lidded cubby under the front centre armrest has room for a one-litre bottle of water, but it’s best left for phones because there’s a USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You can have wireless charging for £250, but it can only be fitted in conjunction with the expensive Comand Online infotainment system.
Both the front and the back seats get a couple of cupholders each and the backs of the front seats have aircraft-style pockets that won’t sag like the ones in older Mercedes models.
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The Mercedes E-Class has a 540-litre boot that’s 10-litres bigger than the ones you get in the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, although the Mercedes curved opening means it is harder to load. It has enough space for two large and two small suitcases. Annoyingly, Mercedes will charge you an extra £300 for rear seats that’ll fold down 40:20:40 – otherwise the seatbacks are fixed. Fold the optional seats down, then, and a bike will fit in with both its wheels attached, although getting it in isn’t helped by the curved boot opening.
The boot doesn’t exactly bowl you over with handy features but under the flimsy floor cover, which has a cheap plastic handle and feels very un-Mercedes, there’s a sizeable storage area that can hide bulky valuables such as cameras. You also get a flip-down hook that can hold your shopping and a smaller, netted storage area on the side of the boot.