The E-Class All-Terrain is the last remaining station wagon in the non-AMG-badged Mercedes range. It is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine that thrums out 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This is directed to a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Riding on 19-inch wheels, the wagon comes equipped with an adaptive air suspension that guarantees comfort and allows for some off-roading potential. Other standard equipment includes LED headlights, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, another 12.3-inch screen for the infotainment, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Safety tech includes forward collision mitigation, blind-spot assist, and attention assist, although there is a whole lot more to be had if you are willing to spend on optional packages.
The price of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain starts at $67,600 for the E450 4Matic, excluding the destination charge of $1,050. This is some $40k cheaper than the only other wagon Mercedes sells - the AMG E63 Wagon - but that deficit can quickly be made up if you're liberal with the options. So, in the best interest of good consumer reporting, we specced an E450 All-Terrain to the max, and it nearly reached six figures. Fully loaded, it carries an MSRP of $96,910 including destination - nearly 50% more than the base price.
Merc's options menu is a combination of packages and standalone options and is too long to mention in full here without sounding like a brochure. However, there are two key packages worth opting for. The Premium Package costs $2,300 and adds a six-month SiriusXM subscription, active parking assist, a surround-view camera system, rear cross-traffic assist, and a Burmester surround-sound system with 13 speakers. The Driver Assistance Package ($1,950) dynamic cruise control, active and evasive steering assist, lane keep and change assist, speed limit assist, congestion emergency braking, and active brake assist to name just a few. There are also a handful of worthwhile standalone items, and while we'd forego the $550 soft-close doors, the $1,320 massaging front seats are something special. We also like the idea of the $1,100 head-up display, $760 tri-zone climate control, $350 augmented reality navigation, and the $1,000 panoramic sunroof, although if we were spending lots of time off the beaten path, we're not sure it'd do too well in the long term.
We love the AMG E63 S Wagon. It's impossible not to. But at $112K, you don't get double the utility for almost double the price of this E450. So this just makes so much sense. The paint colors are boring except for the Cardinal Red Metallic at $1,080 which gets our nod of approval. We'd stick to the standard 19-inch wheels but select the $900 Exterior Lighting Package for the intelligent LED lighting and adaptive high beam headlights. On the inside, we'd stick with a no-cost wood-look trim and choose one of the $1,620 leather upholstery options - not the $4,900 designo Nappa leather. Throw in massaging seats, a heated steering wheel, the Driver Assistance Package, Premium Package, and head-up display and you're all-in on a great package deal for less than $80,000 including destination.