For The Mercedes C-Class Estate has a spacious cabin and the biggest boot in its class. Most versions have plenty of power, while even the cheapest models are well equipped and come with lots of safety kit.
Against The four-cylinder diesel engines are horribly rough, and all-round refinement is poor. Interior quality is disappointing, prices are high and contract hire rates are similarly steep. Sport models have a rather firm ride.
The Mercedes C-Class Estate is a great estate car, but it’s also rather disappointing in a number of areas, most notably refinement.
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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.
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