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C-Class Estate
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Driving

Price (on the road)

Β£30,240-Β£72,960

Target Price (cash)

Β£30,240-Β£67,635

What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Airmatic suspension

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

Β£384.79-Β£1,055.41/month

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Engines

C43 4Matic 9G-Tronic
We are yet to try out this variant
C220d 9G-Tronic
We are yet to try out this variant
C200 9G-Tronic
We are yet to try out this variant
C43 4Matic Auto
Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, the four-wheel drive C 43 is quick regardless of the weather conditions, managing 0-62mph in less than 5.0 seconds. It’s also less thirsty than the C 63, but not by a vast amount.
C350e Auto
We haven’t yet tested the petrol-electric C350e, but of the two hybrids available in the C-Class Estate it stacks up best on paper. As a plug-in hybrid, it is able to offer vastly superior economy to the diesel-electric C300h, slashing fuel costs and company car tax liability. Available only with an auto gearbox, it’s also faster than the C300h - and any other C-Class Estate this side of the high-performance C63 AMG - but boot space is significantly compromised due to its more substantial hybrid hardware.
C63 S Auto
In case the regular Mercedes-AMG C 63 isn’t quite enough for you, Mercedes also offers the β€˜S’ variant with more turbo boost pressure. It has a colossal 503bhp and 516lb ft – enough to endow the humble C-Class with performance that will match a supercar’s in all but the most extreme situations. It’s debatable whether you need the extra punch over a regular C 63, though.
C63 Auto
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 gets a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, producing a mighty 469bhp and 479lb ft of torque. That’s enough to take this C-Class from 0-62mph in a little over four seconds. Running costs are pretty high, though, with average fuel economy unlikely to crack 30mpg and CO2 emissions of nearly 200g/km.
C300 BlueTEC Hybrid Auto
The auto-only C300h uses the diesel engine seen in the C220d and C250d, but this time in parallel with a small electric motor. It can operate in silent, electric-only mode, but it doesn’t take much throttle for the diesel engine to chime in with its familiar industrial growl. The C300h beats the conventional diesels in the range for fuel consumption and emissions, but it’s expensive to buy, and is easily outgunned for both economy and performance by the C350e plug-in hybrid.
C200 BlueTEC
Available with either transmission, the C200d uses a 1.6-litre diesel engine that makes 134bhp. It’s the slowest of the C-Class Estates by some margin, but is more refined than the 2.1 found in the other diesel models. It fails to improve on the economy figures of the C220d, however.
C250 BlueTEC Auto
Using the same 2.1-litre engine as the 220d, the 250d has yet more power, but for the small gain in performance it’s hard to justify the higher fuel consumption, emissions and sticker price. This version is only available with the seven-speed automatic gearbox.
C220 BlueTEC
Offering the best combination of performance and economy, the C220d is our preferred engine choice in the C-Class Estate. Although it sounds quite coarse at idle and when going through the gears, the engine settles down when cruising on the motorway. It also offers plenty of shove without the need to rev it hard. The C220d engine uses slightly less fuel when paired with the manual gearbox, but the slick automatic transmission is the better choice for comfort.
C200
The least expensive way into C-Class Estate ownership is via this 181bhp, 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, which can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Though quieter than the diesel options, this engine isn’t especially smooth for a petrol. It needs to be revved to get the best out of it, but performance is respectable, as is economy.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

122.8-68.9 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

104-53 g/km

VED Tax band

How much will it cost you?

F-D

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1510 litres

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