What Car? says...
You can get more practical estate cars than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, but there's a lot of cool tech in this posh load-lugger to justify its premium billing.
We’re not kidding. The latest C-Class is fitted with useful hybrid technology, and a large touchscreen from the much pricier Mercedes-Benz S-Class – and you can’t fold down the seats in the S-Class), so it’s more versatile than its costly sibling.
Read on over the next few pages for our full review. We'll give you our in-depth impressions of its capabilities, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines.
We'll also tell you how the C-Class Estate compares with the talented rival cars it's up against. There are quite a few, including the Audi A4 Avant, the BMW 3 Series Touring, the Skoda Superb Estate, the VW Passat Estate and the Volvo V60.
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The current C-Class Estate is too new to have featured in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but Mercedes didn’t do very well, finishing in joint 22nd place out of 30 manufacturers (key rivals Audi and BMW both did better). The C-Class comes with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty with three years of breakdown cover. Read more here
There is no fully electric C-Class Estate but there is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version, called the C300e, with an official electric-only range of an impressive 68 miles. All the other engines have mild-hybrid (MHEV) technology, so they get some electrical assistance. Read more here
Private buyers will appreciate the extra fuel economy and punchy performance of the diesel-powered C220d, while company car drivers should make a beeline for the plug-in hybrid C300e, which has a seriously low benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rate. As for trim, we’d go for AMG Line to get the more desirable, sportier looks that should help keep resale values fairly strong. Read more here
It depends if you go for a mild-hybrid (MHEV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version. An MHEV C-Class Estate has 490 litres of boot capacity, and has some handy underfloor storage for hiding belongings. If you go for the PHEV version (the C300e) you lose that extra space below the floor because of the bigger batteries, and the total volume drops to 360 litres. Read more here
Believe it or not, the estate version is a little bit shorter than the C-Class saloon. The estate is 4755mm in length (just over 4.7 metres), against 4793mm for the saloon, which has a longer front bumper. That should make the estate marginally easier to park. Read more here
|RRP price range||£46,155 - £72,670|
|Number of trims (see all)||2|
|Number of engines (see all)||6|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol, diesel, hybrid|
|MPG range across all versions||31 - 60.1|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£790 / £5,269|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,580 / £10,538|