Mercedes-Benz has launched the estate version of its all-new E-Class mid-size premium saloon. The sixth-generation E-Class Estate boasts all the extravagance and wizbangery that the saloon has, including the dual-display setup dashboard and a luxurious cabin but adds oodles of extra space for cargo and for passengers. In fact, Ola Källenius, board member at Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales calls it the “most intelligent executive sedan in the world.”

So if you’re not a big fan of the ever-growing portfolio of Mercedes SUVs, the E-Class Estate comes with lots of room for your family and luggage, minus all the added bulk and weight of an SUV. Behind the estate’s rear hatch is a cavernous 670 litre boot, which expands into a whopping 1,820 litres with the rear seats folded down. For additional flexibility in carrying load and passengers together at the same time, the three rear seats fold independently in a 40:20:40 split. As you’d expect, the tailgate is electrically operated, but Mercedes adds an optional keyless function which lets you open and close the tailgate by just making a “kicking motion” under the rear bumper.

And if all that room isn’t enough for you, the E-Class Estate can tow up to 2,100kg If there's not enough room in the boot for whatever you're trying to carry, the Estate is capable of towing up to 2,100 kg, and comes with power retractable coupling and trailer stabilisation.

The E-Class estate has been announced with seven different engines including a bunch of diesels. The petrol range starts with the E 200, making 184 horsepower and 300Nm of torque from a 2.0-litre engine, while the same engine squeezes out 27 horses and 50Nm more in the E 250, while the E 400 4Matic is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 that’s good for 333bhp and 480Nm. But if you are someone who won’t settle for anything less than a combination of practicality, technology, luxury and outright performance, then the 401bhp, 520Nm 3.0-litre V6 biturbo-powered E43 AMG should be right up your alley.