There’s a good range of adjustability to the C-Class Estate’s driving position, with electric height, backrest and lumbar adjustment fitted as standard to all models, while the steering wheel can be moved both vertically and horizontally. The man-made leather seats are comfortable, and switchgear is sensibly laid-out, including the thigh-level infotainment controls to the driver's left.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate visibility
The forward view from the C-Class Estate is good, and while the car has a relatively high waistline and thick rear pillars, all-round visibility is acceptable and is boosted by the standard-fit rear camera. Sport and AMG Line models also get front parking sensors and park-assist technology to make kerbside manoeuvres easier.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate infotainment
A good-quality 7.0in infotainment screen comes as standard and is operated via a small, clickable touchpad and rotary dial between the front seats. The dial is the more usable choice, though - it is intuitive to use and gives more sensory feedback. There are also supplementary controls on the steering wheel. All models get Bluetooth and DAB radio, but unlike the BMW 3 Series, sat-nav is not standard across the range - it is only included with Sport and AMG Line trim, and even then it's a fairly basic Garmin system that’s not very slick. A much better navigation facility is available with those two trim choices as part of the extensive but pricey Premium Plus pack that also brings other goodies such as an 8.4in, high resolution screen and 13-speaker Burmester sound system.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate build quality
There’s an air of luxury to the C-Class Estate’s interior, with stylish design and an attractive mix of high-quality materials. You’ll struggle to find hard plastics anywhere above floor level, and the switchgear feels well made and precise. A small flaw lies with the large central fascia, which creaks to the touch, and the overall feeling of solidity can’t quite match the Audi A4 Avant’s.