For This diesel engine delivers the best balance of performance and affordability. Executive SE trim comes with most of the kit you want, and keeps purchase prices down.
Against The engine is horribly unrefined, especially when compared with the smoother, quieter units in most of the car’s rivals. Executive SE trim misses some of the kit you expect at this money.
What Car? says
The best car in the range, but still not up to the high standards of the C-Class' excellent rivals.
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Target Price team says:
The Mercedes C-Class Estate is one of the biggest, most practical estate cars in its class. Sadly, it’s badly flawed in some other key areas. By far the biggest disappointment is the car’s refinement. All models have too much wind and road noise, while manual models have a horribly springy clutch pedal and a notchy gearshift. The four-cylinder petrols sound breathless, while the four-cylinder diesels, which make up the vast majority of sales, are horribly clattery and give off way too much vibration. The six-cylinder engine is much better, but it’s way too pricey to recommend and only comes with sport suspension that scuppers the ride comfort.
That’s not the only area where the C-Class disappoints. A good exec should be classy inside, but the materials aren’t classy enough and the design is bland, so the cabin has a very drab feel.
Reader test team says:
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