The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate has been voted used car of the year by WhatCar?, an award rarely taken by an estate car.

Alex Robbins, used cars editor at What Car? commented: “Rarely does an estate take the overall win in any What Car? awards; this time, though, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate has done it.

“That’s because it isn’t just a great used estate; it’s a terrific used car, full stop. From the way its interior wows you to the way its ride cossets at all speeds, via its efficient engines and overflowing standard equipment list, the E-Class Estate is a truly desirable bit of kit.”

How much does a used E-Class Estate cost?

According to WhatCar?, for a late 2016 car, with average mileage and full service history, you will be looking at around £27,000 from a franchised dealership chain. Between £32,000 and £40,000 you will get a good 2017 car with all the same criteria.

Which Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate should I buy?

The 192bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel in the E 220 is WhatCar?’s pick. A lower-power 148bhp E 200 D is also available, but according to WhatCar? is slower with no benefit in emissions or economy.

Once above 1500rpm the E220 can match a BMW 520d Touring and Volvo V90, whisking you up to 70mph with relative ease, then settle itself into an effortless cruise.