Independent, impartial advice for car buyers and car owners

Find an Expert Rating: 

Mercedes All-Terrain joins off-road party

New large estate offers ride height increase of up to 35mm.

Our Expert Partners

Motorway 600x300

Sell your car with Motorway
Find out more

Motors 600x300

Find your next car with Motors
Find out more

Cazoo 600x300

Find your next car with Cazoo
Find out more

ALA Insurance logo 2022 600x300

Warranty and GAP from ALA Insurance
Find out more

MotorEasy logo 300x150

Warranty, servicing and tyres from MotorEasy
Find out more

Mycardirect subscriptions – 600x300

Carsubscriptions from Mycardirect
Find out more


Mercedes-Benz is directly targeting the Audi A6 Allroad and newly-announced Volvo V90 Cross Country with its new E-Class All-Terrain.

The off-road version of the large estate will be unveiled at the Paris motor show on 29th September, and will arrive in UK showrooms in the Spring of 2017.

The car follows the now traditional formula for such vehicles of adding extra body panels to give it an SUV-style look, raising the ride height by 35mm and specifying the 4Matic all-wheel-drive transmission as standard.

“The All-Terrain-is a flexible all-rounder – for unpaved roads, family and leisure time,” says Mercedes-Benz Cars sales and marketing head Ola Källenius.

Most notable visual feature of the car is the two-fin grille, in the style of Mercedes SUVs, with the brand’s three-pointed star badge integrated into it. There is a three-part front bumper with the top section in body colour and the lower formed from grained black plastic, while the silver chrome colour also incorporated is repeated in extra lower panels. The body colour/black combination also features on the rear bumper.

Black wheel arches and side skirts are included, the former enclosing the wheels and higher-sidewall tyres, in either 18 or 19-inch sizing and with a choice of three alloy designs.

Inside the All-Terrain gets its own aluminium-carbon trim, with stainless steel pedals and bespoke floor mats. It is modeled on Avantgarde trim levels, though there are likely to be extra options available.

Initially the car will be available in E 220d form with the four-cylinder diesel engine of 194hp. Mercedes also intends to launch a six-cylinder version, both power plants paired with a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.

Standard on the All-Terrain is the Dynamic Select driving programme controlling engine, transmission, ESP and steering characteristics, and this includes a fifth All-Terrain mode developed from that fitted to the Mercedes GLE.

By selecting the mode the air suspension raises the car’s ride height by 20mm, a process that can be carried out on the move at speeds up to around 20mph. Three levels from 0 to 35mm higher can be selected manually using a button on the centre console.

The car’s electronic aids are adjusted to suit off-road driving, and an information panel on the dash shows steering angle, vehicle level, slope and incline angle, where the throttle and brake are positioned and a compass.

UK prices for the All-Terrain will be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date. Industry sources predict a starting price of around £45,000, £5,000 above a standard E-Class estate, which would put the car between its two rivals.


The latest from The Car Expert

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.