Front cabin space is generous and there are plenty of handy places to store oddments, including a hinged compartment ahead of the infotainment dial, a central cubby beneath the splitting armrest and well-sized door bins. Very tall drivers may find their head room is marginal when the panoramic roof is fitted, but for most people there will be plenty of head and leg room.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate rear space
While the C-Class Estate is a five-seater, only two six-footers can occupy the rear seats in comfort, though again the panoramic roof squeezes head room slightly for the very tall. Anyone using the middle seat will find themselves shoulder-to-shoulder with other occupants and their legs splayed around the wide transmission tunnel. This contrasts with the comparatively wide cabin of the Audi A4 Avant and the generous rear space in the BMW 3 Series Touring, which offers reasonable comfort even for the middle passenger. The door bins are usefully large, too.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate seating flexibility
Unlike the C-Class saloon, the Estate gets 40:20:40-splitting rear seats as standard on all trim levels, and there are handy switches in the rear cabin and at the boot opening that drop the rear seats at a touch. They fold almost flat and click back into place easily when flipped up.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate boot space
An electric tailgate gives easy access to the C-Class Estate’s boot, and the motorised luggage cover also rises automatically. Boot space is 490 litres with the rear seats up, extending to 1510 litres when they’re folded, which is largely on par with the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring. The Mercedes has a smaller lip to the boot floor than those rivals, and also benefits from a little under-floor storage. Just remember that the hybrid versions of the C-Class estate have smaller boots than the normal versions.