The Mercedes E-Class Saloon has a 540-litre, square-shaped boot that can swallow about the same amount of luggage as an equivalent BMW 5 Series. The Mercedes, though, has a trick up its sleeve, with a cavernous under-floor storage area which has enough additional space to hold a full carry-on suitcase or a clever little fold-up crate that you can drop your groceries into, and then lift the crate in and out.
Lease an EQ Power mild-hybrid model and you’ll have to sacrifice a bit of luggage space owing to the size of the battery – a large hump in the middle of the boot floor makes it harder to pack certain items and the overall capacity is reduced to 400 litres.
The E-Class Estate, by comparison, gets a massive boot, almost as big as that of the Volvo V90, and the rear seats fold down with the push of a button. With the seats up, the estate holds 680 litres, rising to 1820 litres when the 2nd row is folded flat.