Mercedes C-Class Estate - Practicality & boot space

The Mercedes C-Class Estate boasts a large and practical boot

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The Mercedes C-Class Estate is an estate car, so practicality is the name of the game. Larger estate cars with more spacious boots are available, but you have to either look to bigger, more expensive models or sacrifice the Mercedes’ badge appeal and settle for a less upmarket car with more room. The C-Class Estate is very much on a level pegging with its core competitors for boot space and practicality, though.

Mercedes C-Class Estate interior space & storage

The new Mercedes C-Class Estate is longer between the front and rear wheels than the previous model, which means legroom is improved for rear passengers. A reversing camera is standard on Sport and AMG Line trim levels, which is particularly helpful given the extra bulk of an estate car. ISOFIX child-seat mounts are standard on all models.

Boot space

Boot size is good compared to rivals in the class. The C-Class Estate has 490 litres of space with the rear seats up – the Audi A4 Avant has the same, while the BMW 3 Series Touring has five litres more. With the rear seats folded flat, the Mercedes offers 1,510 litres of space, beating the 1,500 litres of the BMW and the 1,430 litres of the Audi.

Not only is the boot big, it’s also very practical, with an electronic tailgate as standard as well as rear seats that split 40:20:40 and fold at the touch of a button. You can also select an optional hands-free boot – a system that allows you to open the boot by waving your foot under the rear bumper. This is particularly useful if your hands are full or you have the key in your pocket.

Towing

Diesel versions of the C-Class Estate are a good choice for towing, not least because of their punchy engines and rear-wheel-drive layout. Its maximum braked towing weight is 1,800kg, regardless of the exact engine you go for.

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