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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate is inextricably linked with a bygone era. Long before the rise of the SUV, premium load luggers were the default accessory for leafy driveways in affluent urban districts. They stated, in hushed, discreet tones, that their owner had money, refined taste and a lifestyle that called for a bit of extra practicality.
Sound familiar? Yes, that’s precisely the package that premium SUVs seek to offer, so the posh estate car’s time is far from over. In fact, cars like this have arguably never been more relevant, especially in these times of increasing environmental awareness.
The C Class Estate is the smaller sibling of the Mercedes E-Class estate, with which it shares much technology. Its closest rivals are its fellow Germans, the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Audi A4 Avant, as well as Sweden's entry, the Volvo V60. It’s not without cheaper alternatives, though, and the Skoda Superb Estate and Volkswagen Passat Estate put up a fierce challenge; both have huge boots and more than a touch of class, at a considerably lower price.
The C Class has been kept fresh since its 2015 launch, and its sophisticated infotainment and long list of safety equipment is testament to that. The same is true of its engine range, which offers lots of choice; there’s diesel, petrol or hybrid power, including that rarest of combinations – a diesel plug-in hybrid. All engines operate though a nine-speed automatic gearbox, with rear- or four-wheel drive available.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines. And when you've decided on your next new car, our New Car Buying service is here to help; we can offer fantastic discounts on the C-Class Estate and hundreds of other great cars, and all without the hassle of haggling.
At a glance
|Number of trims||5 see more|
|Number of engines||8 see more|
|Available fuel types||diesel/plugin elec hybrid, diesel, petrol, hybrid|
|MPG range across all versions||176.6 - 54.3|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£840.28 / £5,869.09|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,680.56 / £11,738.18|
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