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4 out of 5 stars

For The C-Class is practical, stylish, reliable, great to drive and well equipped

Against It's expensive, and many dislike the foot-operated parking brake

Verdict Very satisfying to own and to drive, but not as roomy as its predecessor

Go for… C180 Kompressor Classic SE

Avoid… You'll need big pockets for any C350

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate
  • 1. Fold down the rear seats and the boot capacity stretches to an impressive 1384 litres
  • 2. There are widespread reports of problems with the electronics and software
  • 3. The car's basically sound, but you should keep an ear out for odd noises from the suspension
  • 4. There's no shortage of choice, but the C180K with Classic or Classic SE trim is the pick of the range
  • 5. The C-Class estate is everything you could want - practical and good to drive
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