Mercedes-Benz E-Class baggage take a look at: how huge is the trunk?


To take you backstage for a second, our first drive assessment of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was ready in fairly an uncommon manner. As an alternative of touring to a location to drive the automotive for the primary time (aka “a press tour”), the automotive was despatched to varied retailers/journalists with a incredible complete press equipment and a digital Webex presentation. In truth the primary drive in the course of the pandemic was completed this manner, and whereas the Webex presentation bit is simply as ineffective and disgusting because it was in these darkish days (it's mainly not possible to ask the mandatory in-depth questions of various consultants), it positively has benefit. Having the automotive at residence for a number of days as a substitute of a number of hours in suburban San Diego or Majorca.

A kind of perks is that I get to check the equipment of the automotive in query! That is what baggage testing has to do with. And because it seems, testing the baggage is fairly essential as a result of the all-new E-Class has a cargo quantity quantity that will elevate Spockian eyebrows.

In accordance with the specs, the brand new E-Class sedan has 19 cubic-feet of house within the trunk. I'm fairly certain it’s going to have the most important trunk of any typical notchback sedan at present on sale. The final automotive I bear in mind in that space was a Ford Taurus. The sedan with the heaviest trunk I've examined is the Honda Accord, each on-paper and through testing.

Right here is the brand new E-Class. So, it's actually higher than the everyday luxurious sedan trunk, however 19 cubic-feet?

One other journalist at that aforementioned digital press presentation really requested concerning the cargo quantity specification and the measurements used to derive it, and the Mercedes consultant merely stated that it was “like filling the trunk with ping pong balls.” Is equal.” I’d have had follow-up questions on that (Mr. Baggage Take a look at, in spite of everything), however there are a number of the explanation why digital press shows are bullshit.

Nonetheless, fortunately I'm Mr. Baggage Take a look at, so let's resolve this. Or moderately, below this…

The E-Class trunk has loads of house below the ground. Is that this a helpful place to retailer stuff? Umm, under no circumstances. Perhaps a grocery bag or two, one thing you don't need wrapped across the trunk, contraband? I don't know, but it surely's not helpful.

It even has an indentation for this little fold-up field that opens to maintain stuff from shifting round within the trunk.

What an ideal little characteristic.

So, my sturdy suspicion right here is that the 19-cubic-foot trunk quantity consists of underfloor trunk quantity. A number of SUVs are measured this manner, and I wouldn't be shocked if the EQS is similar.

I'm probably not going to say conspiracy right here. As much as 19 cubic-feet of quantity could be discovered below the trunk lid. Is there a little bit technicality concerned? Certain, however this as soon as once more speaks to the restrictions of relying solely on quantity measurements. The Mercedes consultant wasn't mistaken when she stated this was the sign to fill the realm with ping pong balls. The difficulty is at all times that nobody fills the trunk with unfastened ping pong balls. Moreover, 19 cubic toes value of ping pong balls can slot in a tube, however not in a suitcase.

Talking of suitcases… like each baggage take a look at, I take advantage of two medium-sized curler suitcases that may should be checked in on the airport (26 inches lengthy, 16 vast, 11 deep), two black roll -Aboard suitcases that hardly match within the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and a small inexperienced roll-board that matches simply (23L x 15W x 10D). To spice issues up a bit I additionally embrace my spouse's fancy in a single day bag (21L x 12W x 12D).

At high left is the E-Class. Above proper is the brand new C-Class, which has a surprisingly helpful trunk. You may see right here that the width between their wheels is similar (and should you haven't heard the information, the inexperienced baggage have changed the smaller blue baggage), however the E-Class has way more depth.

C-Class trunk quantity is 12.6 cubic toes. Is {that a} 6.4-cubic-foot distinction? Umm, in keeping with my bag, no.

All the baggage match contained in the E-Class, which is nice. That is actually uncommon amongst luxurious sedans. Nonetheless, all of those additionally match within the C-Class. The distinction is the quantity of room left and the convenience with which I can load them. I might do a number of Tetris formations within the E-Class, however just one Goldilocks within the C.

Now, if the trunk really has a quantity of 19-cubic-feet, not together with the underfloor space, it ought to be capable of maintain greater than that…

That will be the Honda Accord trunk with all the baggage plus a 38-quart cooler and a great quantity of house left over.

Yep, that cooler isn't going to the E-Class. Nor any of my varied small duffel baggage.

So, the E-Class has the most important, most helpful trunk luxurious I examined a sedan with a standard (not hatchback) trunk design. That is nice! Is its 19-cubic-foot official description a bit deceptive? Sure.

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