The Mercedes E-Class Estate has received the top award at the annual What Car? used car awards, with BMW and Skoda also performing well with multiple wins across categories.
The E-Class Estate – which first went on sale in 2017 – was crowned the best used estate car alongside the top honour. The popular estate model was praised by the judges for its luxurious and spacious interior and ‘remarkable’ value for money.
New prices for the E-Class Estate start from £39,565, but used examples are available from just £24,000, even after just 18 months on sale.
The E-Class Estate beat both the Skoda Octavia Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring in the estate category.
Mercedes received another award for its S-Class saloon, too, which was awarded used luxury car of the year. The Mercedes E350e plug-in hybrid was also shortlisted in the best used green car category, as well as the Mercedes-AMG GT appearing in the standing for the best used sports car under £120,000 category.
Alex Robbins, used car editor at What Car?, said: “It isn’t often that the winner of one of our overall awards comes from the estate category, but this year the Mercedes E-Class Estate proved impossible to resist.
“It’s a master of all trades in its own right, but what really gives the E-Class the overall win here is that it combines this all-round excellence with terrific value on the used market.
“It is, in short, today’s best-kept used car secret, and a worthy winner of our overall award.”
BMW also performed excellently in the awards – receiving three category winners for its 4 Series Grand Coupe (used executive car of the year), M135i (used hot hatch of the year) and 6 Series Convertible (used convertible of the year).
Elsewhere, Skoda scooped the city car and supermini categories with the Czech firm’s Citigo and Fabia respectively, with Hyundai winning used green car of the year for its Ioniq, which is available with three different electrified powertrains.