What's the used Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate like?
For style and space, the Mercedes C-Class is hard to beat. It's got an excellent reputation and is one of the best used estates available.
C-Class estates have always made great load-luggers, and this one is no exception. The boot space is one of the biggest in its class (beating that in the BMW 3 Series) and with the rear seats down stretches to 1500 litres. However, the boot floor isn't completely flat. The C-Class's cabin is big enough to carry four adults in comfort, although the fifth seat in the middle back is best for children only.
It's a step forward in build quality, refinement and drive when compared with the older C-Class, yet can't quite get to grips with the BMW 3 Series, which just edges it out. The quality of the materials used is up to scratch, with soft touch plastics and a clutter-free dash, and the driving position is fully adjustable. Passengers are sheltered from engine noise, and wind noise isn't intrusive, but there is some road noise if you're driving on poorly surfaced roads.
All cars come with the Agility Control suspension system, which adjusts the suspension according to the road conditions, and some models come with the clever Pre-safe safety system to help protect occupants in the event of a crash.