A car for hauling beer barrels - what's best?

I need a car with a big estate boot to carry barrels of beer - approx. six barrels at a time, weight approximately 55s or 330kg.
Comfortable and reliable are keywords, was looking at a 10-year-old Mercedes-Benz E300 diesel at about £3k.

Any other suggestions or should I just stick to a van and run a car for my private motoring?

Asked on 21 January 2013 by boatinn

Answered by Honest John
W210 Mercedes are Rustbuckets. Yes, van better. But if it has to be an estate, then a Mondeo.
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