Mercedes C-Class estate
Price £28,470 - £74,700
- Comfortable suspension
- Big boot and practical interior
- Luxurious cabin
- Diesel engines can be noisy
- BMW 3 Series Touring is better to drive
- Air suspension bumpy at low speeds
At a glance
“The Mercedes C-Class estate is a stylish, comfortable and practical family car.”
The Mercedes C-Class estate enters a class that already contains upmarket estate cars such as the Audi A4 Avant and the brilliant BMW 3 Series Touring. It's good looking – arguably more so than its two main rivals – with a swish exterior and has the usual Mercedes qualities of excellent build quality and a luxurious cabin.
With the rear seats in place, the estate's boot is 40 litres larger than the C-Class saloon's, offering a total capacity of 490 litres that expands to a huge 1,510 litres when you fold down the back seats. Bigger estate cars aren’t hard to find, but not really in this class, and in any case, that's still a lot of space and there's a decent amount of legroom for rear passengers.
There's a large choice of engines, with something to suit every buyer, starting with the most affordable C200 2.0-litre petrol version and including a range of clean, economical and powerful diesel engines. The line-up tops out with the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid, which is powered by both a diesel engine and an electric motor. The hybrid is also the most economical C-Class, returning up to 76.3mpg, but it's also very expensive to buy. The much cheaper diesel models aren’t that far behind it, managing up to 68.9mpg.
There's a choice of two transmissions – a six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic. The manual gearbox is fine and usually represents the cheaper option (although some versions are automatic only), but we’d recommend the automatic, which suits the C-Class’ relaxed and comfortable nature.
This is a great long-distance motorway car, mainly due to the quiet cabin and the plush ride. However, although the estate is a big car, anything this comfy to sit in is bound to make town journeys easier, even if it hasn’t exactly been designed to tackle tight city streets.
Equipment is on par with the C-Class’ chief rivals such as the BMW 3 Series Touring – and you’re paying for premium model, so standard kit isn’t bad. Even entry-level cars come with things like a power-operated boot opening and a reversing camera, plus there's plenty of scope to add to that on the options list.
Diesel engines offer low running costs, but the Mercedes C-Class estate Hybrid is the best of all in this area
The Mercedes C-Class estate is quick, but a BMW 3 Series is more fun
As you'd expect, the Mercedes C-Class estate comes with a classy, upmarket interior
The Mercedes C-Class estate boasts a large and practical boot
Plenty of safety technology comes as standard on every Mercedes C-Class estate