Mercedes C-Class Estate review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 front right tracking
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 rear right tracking
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 front detail
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior front seats
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior driver display
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 boot open
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 front right tracking
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 rear right tracking
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 front detail
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior front seats
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 interior driver display
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Pricing for the Mercedes C-Class Estate is a bit more than the equivalent BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant, and a lot more than the Volvo V60

That means a higher P11D value, which affects costs for company car drivers. However, on the plus side, the C220d stacks up well against the 3 Series Touring, A4 and V60 for CO2 emissions. Overall, company car tax is likely to be more to run a C-Class than a 3 Series, though.

Stepping up to AMG Line Premium means you get a 360-degree camera system, keyless entry and go, augmented reality navigation and the previously mentioned electrically adjustable front seats with three position memory.

Going for the range-topping AMG line Premium Plus adds three-zone climate control, a panoramic glass sunroof and an excellent Burmester surround-sound system.

Reliability

The latest C-Class Estate is too new to feature in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. Mercedes as a brand didn’t do very well, coming in joint 22nd place out of 30 manufacturers, below BMW in 13th and Audi in 18th.

Overview

If you're looking for the most practical estate, you'll be better off looking at the Skoda Superb, but against rivals such as the Audi A4 Avant and Volvo V60, the Mercedes C-Class stacks up rather well. It can’t quite match the driving fun of the best in class, though, and a disappointing step down in interior quality means we’d still recommend a BMW 3 Series Touring overall.

  • Adaptive suspension has impressive ride
  • Fuel economy and emissions compare well with rivals
  • Forthcoming plug-in hybrid likely to have low BIK tax rate
  • Disappointing interior quality
  • Not as much fun to drive as a 3 Series Touring
  • There are more practical estates around
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