What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Comfortable, refined and classy, but a decent workhorse, too

Against It's not as much fun to drive as a 3 Series, and it's only comfortable for four

Verdict C-Class makes a better estate car than most compact executives

Go for… The C200 Elegance - best value engine and decent specification

Avoid… The hot AMG version is too pricey, and insurance costs are steep

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate
  • 1. Don't worry if you hear clonks when turning the wheel. It's a sign of worn bushes in the anti-roll bars and steering joints, but they're cheap to fix
  • 2. Unlike most compact executive-based estates, the C-Class estate is genuinely spacious and practical
  • 3. Electrical faults aren't unknown, so make sure that all the gadgets work before you buy
  • 4. The C180 and C200 both perform well, but we'd have the C200 given the choice
  • 5. Go for Elegance trim, and avoid any car that doesn't have the automatic gearbox
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