For The C-Class Estate has a seriously classy cabin, while low CO2 emissions mean attractive company car tax bills. You get plenty of kit, too – even a powered tailgate comes as standard.
Against None of the engines is particularly refined, and you need to add the optional air suspension to make the C-Class ride well at high speeds. The boot isn’t huge, either.
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The Mercedes C-Class Estate is a good estate, but not one of the very best.
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There are 16 Mercedes-Benz C-Class versions available
Target Price team says:
There are certainly more practical estates available for this sort of money, so if a big boot is your priority, then you’re better off looking at larger executive models such as the BMW 5 Series or Audi A6 Avant.
If you’re willing to trade outright boot space for more compact dimensions, however, the C-Class has plenty going for it. It’s well equipped and has a seriously plush cabin, while the standard powered tailgate and the simple way the rear seats fold down help make up for its average-sized boot.
The trouble is, an equivalent BMW 3 Series Touring is better to drive, just as spacious and costs significantly less to buy – and that’s before you’ve added air suspension to the C-Class, which you’ll want to do. In automatic form, the BMW also emits less CO2, making it cheaper to run as a company car.
In the end, then, as with the C-Class saloon, this estate version lags just behind its key rivals.