Mercedes C-Class saloon - Practicality & boot space
Boot space in the Mercedes C-Class is better than before, but some might find the rear seats tight
The latest C-Class is longer and wider than its predecessors – this is no nippy city car. It’s now almost 4.7 metres long – fractionally larger than the BMW 3 Series and just smaller than the Audi A4. This has brought improvements to interior space, which is now excellent in the front and the pedals are not as far offset as they were in the old model.
Mercedes C-Class interior space & storage
Leg and shoulder room in the back should be enough for most adults, but the C-Class' sloping roofline eats into rear-seat headroom, and the back could do with a little more foot space. Storage spaces include door bins and a number of useful cubbyholes in the dashboard. The glovebox is large, and there are two cup-holders in the rear armrest.
All-round visibility is good, though, and every C-Class comes with a reversing camera to help with parking.
Boot space varies across the range, with the C 220 d and C 300 d offering 455 litres behind the back seats. This drops to 435 litres for the C 200 and just 300 litres for the plug-in hybrid models, owing to their large battery packs. The Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series offer up to 480 litres for luggage. Split-folding 40:20:40 rear seats are fitted as standard across the range.
As with most saloons, the Mercedes has a high boot lip that you have to lift heavy items over. The boot opening is large, but not as big as that offered by the Audi A5 Sportback.
To tow with a C-Class, you need to order the optional tow bar from the factory. It can be fitted after you take delivery, but this is a costly and time-consuming process. The C-Class has a maximum braked-trailer towing weight of 1,800kg.