£29,495 - £48,655 Price range
34 - 134 MPG
The Mercedes C-Class Estate needs no introduction as it has been with us since 1993 and has always been the comfortable choice of the holy trio consisting of the Audi A4 Avant and the BMW 3 Series Touring.
Prices start from £29,495 and if you buy your new C-Class Estate using carwow you can save £4,780 on average.
The interior of the new C-Class Estate is arguably the best in class with it’s metal switchgear and piano-black trim. The airy cabin is a great place to spend a lot of time and the seats offer superb support and comfort.
Being lighter than the previous model means the new C-Class Estate feels more lively and nimble to drive, but is still a long way from the best-in-class BMW 3 Series. Where the C-Class excels at is devouring mile after mile on the motorway in perfect comfort and silence.
The engine choices for the C-Class Estate is truly broad. From a 1.6-litre diesel, through a diesel-electric hybrid all the way to a 5.5-litre twin turbocharged petrol in the C63 AMG. All engines are efficient as well as quiet (except the glorious-sounding AMG) and the diesels offer great fuel economy.
The C-Class Estate is priced competitively with rivals and although it is a bit dearer in entry level form, the top of the range costs less then the most expensive rivals. The feature list is generous with additions like a new Touchpad controller, the standard DAB (digital radio) and Bluetooth-enabled multimedia system, and the ability to control the car’s features via smartphone apps.
Cheapest to buy: 2.0-litre C200 SE petrol
Cheapest to run: 2.0-litre C350 e diesel
Fastest model: 5.5-litre AMG C63 S petrol
Most popular: 2.0-litre C200 SE petrol
Clearly inspired by the bigger and more luxurious S-Class, the C-Class has a cabin that no one will be scrabbling to leave in a hurry. The clean but equally classy layout of the dashboard, the circular air-conditioning vents, and airy feel makes this car worthy of the badge it wears, while the large infotainment screen gives it a high-tech edge.
Mercedes C-Class Estate passenger space
The increase in space justifies the added bodywork this version carries. With an 80mm longer wheelbase (compared to the previous C-estate), there’s more space inside. That means there is plenty of space for adults and in the back, too.
Mercedes C-Class Estate boot space
In raw figures, the estate’s 490-litre boot is just 10 litres bigger than the saloon’s, but that figure fails to take account of the added space above the bottom edge of the rear windows. It gives the estate’s load bay a much more practical shape and, combined with its wide-opening rear door, makes it much easier to load. With the rear seats folded down (a feature you’ll have to pay extra for in the saloon), the estate’s maximum load capacity tops out at 1,510 litres.
Mercedes has done a good effort to find the best balance between handling and ride quality, but if you’re looking for an outright performance estate then the C-Class Estate might, with the exception of the ridiculously quick C63, have problems living up to that expectation. As a result the BMW 3 Series remains the go-to choice for people that enjoy their driving.
Where the C-Class really excels is in comfort. Its suspension soaks up bumps in the road with ease, particularly if you opt for the optional air suspension, something only the C-Class offers in class. Meanwhile the cabin is not only extremely comfortable, but also quiet — stopping the worst road, wind and engine noise from entering the cabin.
The C-Class Estate gets a total of five engine options to choose from: a petrol, three diesels (the same engine but in different tunes), and a diesel hybrid. The diesels are certainly the ones most buyers would be interested in, especially with the frugality they offer.
All of these are four-cylinder engines, and as the specs suggest, they’re more than adequate for everyday driving. Both six-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic gearboxes are available, but the latter (Merc’s 7G-Tronic unit) is going to be the more likely choice of the two.
Mercedes C-Class Estate petrol engines
The C200 petrol develops 181hp and 221 lb ft of torque while being able to return a reasonable fuel economy of 51.4mpg and emit 128 g/km CO2 resulting in a £110 annual tax bill. It’s the cheapest model in the range to buy, but only makes sense if you have a low annual mileage.
Mercedes C-Class Estate diesel engines
The diesels range from 134hp and 221 lb ft in the entry-level C200 BlueTEC and go up to 210hp and 368 lb ft in the C250 BlueTEC.
The intermediate C220 BlueTEC diesel develops a maximum of 168hp and 295 lb ft, while the diesel-hybrid C300 adds a 27hp electric motor to the existing C250 setup.
The C200 and C220 BlueTEC will also please you with their efficiency figures, claimed to be upwards of 70mpg, which is really impressive for a car this big!
It’s a Mercedes, and like other Mercs, it makes sure its passengers are priority.
A total of seven airbags come as standard, while the added systems like Collision Prevention Assist Plus help the driver by offering autonomous braking when a stationary or slow vehicle is detected in the car’s path. There’s also the automated parking mode, which can prove to be a boon for those who are terrified by the idea of parking in tight spaces.
Pedestrian safety is given a boost by the active bonnet – if you crash, it moves upwards by 80mm, so as to reduce the impact of an unfortunate soul landing head-first where the engine is.
It’ll take a significant wad of cash to get any C-Class estate on your driveway, but Mercedes counters the financial outlay by giving even the basic model a decent amount of standard equipment. All models get alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, electrically adjustable lumber support for the driver and front passenger seat, auto lights and wipers, artificial leather seats, a reversing camera and automatic emergency braking.
Mercedes C-Class C 220 d and C 250 d Estate 4Matic
Mercedes will offer its 4Matic four-wheel-drive system on C 220 d and C 250 d estate models. The optional system, priced at £1,500, offers significantly improved traction over standard rear-wheel-drive versions.
Mercedes C-Class estate Sport
The Sport model makes a strong case for its self, though. As you’ve probably guessed from the name, it gives the C-Class more visual presence thanks to lowered suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels (rather than the basic car’s 16-inch alternatives), roof rails and LED headlights. There are numerous go-faster additions on the inside, too, including sports seats, a sports steering wheel and flash LED interior lighting. For us, though, the biggest plus is the model’s standard Garmin sat-nav system.
The C-Class Estate has some of the best bits of the Mercedes Benz’s current line-up. It’s lighter and more spacious than before, and what really stands out is that it does its job well. Comfort, safety, space, frugality, and style – the C-Class Estate scores good points there.
Much like the C-Class saloon, it’s not much of a driver’s car and you would still be wise to look at the BMW 3-series Touring to fulfil those needs. The Merc, on the other hand, arguably looks better, and impresses massively with its simple yet charming interior.
It appears to be the more rounded package, if you aren’t too keen on attacking corners.
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