The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is now on sale, priced from £57,930. Buyers have the choice of three engine variants, with power outputs ranging from 197hp to 313hp. The least powerful model is the mild-hybrid diesel, the E 220 d. This version has a kerbweight of 1995kg, giving caravanners an 85% match figure of 1696kg.

The E 200 petrol has a little more power (204hp), but less torque. Its kerbweight of 1905kg means caravans weighing 1619kg make an 85% match.

For more power, customers can choose the 313hp E 300 e. This plug-in hybrid tow car combines petrol and electric power, with an all-electric range of up to 69 miles. This model has a hefty kerbweight of 2285kg, for an 85% match figure of 1942kg. All three versions have the same 2100kg towing limit.

For generations, the E-Class Estate has been among the best caravan tow cars on the market. The new model has a boot capacity of 615 litres with the seats upright, if you choose the E 200 or the E 220 d. That compares well with the 565 litres of the Audi A6 Avant.

The E-Class plug-in hybrid has 460 litres, rising to 1830 litres (petrol/diesel) or 1675 litres (plug-in hybrid) with the seats folded.

  • Price: From £57,930
  • Kerbweight: 1905-2285kg
  • 85% match: From 1619kg
  • Max towing weight: 2100kg

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