Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2000 - 2008 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

2000 - 2008 review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (00 - 08)
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (00 - 08)
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (00 - 08)
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What's the used Mercedes C-Class estate like?

The Mercedes C-Class Estate is more lifestyle than worker estate, but it's still extremely practical with a handy 470-litre luggage bay. Drop the rear bench and that stretches to 1384 litres - almost identical to the BMW 3 Series Touring's and roomier than the Audi A4 Avant's.

The range of petrol and diesel engines provide good mid-range pull, from the supercharged C180K petrol and C200 CDI diesel up to the C350 (or rare, expensive and hairy C55 AMG) petrols and C320 CDI diesels.

All have a sensibly equipped cabin, with simple controls, a good driving position, plenty of storage areas and mostly good-quality materials. Two can sit in comfort in the back, but the raised transmission tunnel in the floor makes it cramped for three.

Drivers will like it, though. It's far crisper and more agile than the previous C-Class estate through the bends, but it's also excellent at smothering bumps, sealing out external noise and tackling long-distance drives.