The E-Class All-Terrain Estate is a one-model range that features a raised ride height, some tastefully applied plastic cladding around the bodywork, some other styling touches and an all-wheel drive system that adds a new dimension to the car’s already formidable complement of talents.
Like the similar models from Audi (A6 estate), Volvo (V90), Subaru (Levorg), it delivers let’s say 60 or 70 per cent of the kind of all-out off-road agility you’d get from a full-on SUV, but with only the slightest loss of normal driving characteristics, which demand a lower centre of gravity for stability.
Even the smartest of the SUV engineers – and even with all their achievements in such automotive superlatives as the Range Rover, Bentley Bentayga and, I dare say, the forthcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan pluto-SUV – can’t abolish the laws of physics.
Two huge (12.4-inch) screens present the driver, and passengers for that matter, with the usual information, and the car is fitted with most of the high-tech driver aids you’d expect (though it seems to me that Audi has the slight edge here, on “autonomous” features).
The V6 is the only engine option for the terrain, in what is their sole entrant in a niche market for 4x4 estates.