Mercedes-Benz’s vaunted E-Class wagon (what the Europeans call an estate) debuted back in 1977, and in 2017 it enters its fifth generation. The E wagon's sedan sibling is the best-selling midsize luxury car in the world, so the bones of the estate are already among the industry’s best.
We sampled the Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC wagon on Germany’s legendary Autobahn. What we discovered was an incredibly advanced technological machine, loaded with massive hi-res displays, autonomous driving packages that actually work, and even a handy smartphone app. We also realized it makes a capable, functional, and surprisingly agile alternative to the ubiquitous SUV.