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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.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate
22 5stars

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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There are 7 Mercedes-Benz C-Class versions available

Estate C180 Executive SE 5dr £27,785
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Estate C200 CDI Executive SE 5dr £29,095
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Estate C220 CDI Executive SE 5dr £30,170
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Estate C220 CDI AMG Sport Edition 5dr £31,370
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Estate C250 CDI AMG Sport Edition 5dr £32,535
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Estate C63 AMG 5dr £58,475
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate C63 AMG Edition 507 5dr £68,470
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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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.

Reader test team says:

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate C220 CDI Executive SE 5dr

I recently bought a C220 CDI Exec Estate Auto with Premium package. Having owned an E class for the last 5 years, I was concerned that I may be…

Jonathan Carlton-Gray

4 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate C180 Executive SE 5dr

I disagree with the overall negative tone of this review, and I'm wondering if we're talking about the same car. I have a 2011 C180 estate since…

Mark McCullagh

5 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate C350 CDI AMG Sport 5dr

I have traded from the left field choice of an Infiniti M diesel. As such I didn't want to lose performance or too much specification. So far I am…

mark davies

4 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate C180 CGI BlueEFF. SE 5dr

Totally disagree with your review. The Amg sport plus is a great car. I've just traded down from a 525d 5-series. Sure refinement is not quite as…

Gerry Arcari

4 out of 5 stars
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