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Used Mercedes C-Class Estate 2014-2021 review

Category: Estate car

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What is it like?

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 2014 - present
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé
Used Mercedes C-Class Estate 2014-2021 review
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What's the used Mercedes C-Class estate like?

If you want the load-lugging capabilities of a mid-size estate car with the premium feel of the very best of executive cars, this just-recently replaced version of the Mercedes C-Class Estate should definitely be on your shortlist.

Add to that, the three-pointed star still carries a lot of cachet. The only problem for the C-Class Estate has always been the stiff competition it faces in this class, namely in the form of the contemporary Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring. However, its comfort and relaxed driving experience, not to mention its air of dependability, have been enough to win plenty of admirers in both the new and used car markets.

Economy is best served by the petrol-electric hybrid version, the C350 e, a strong performer with impressive claimed economy. However, as with all similar hybrid cars, such figures should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt, unless your journeys are short and you can plug it in frequently. 

Opt for the entry-level SE trim and you'll find 16in alloy wheels, auto wipers, cruise control, a reversing camera and Mercedes' Collision Prevention Assist Plus system fitted as standard, while inside occupants are treated to a 7.0in infotainment system with DAB tuner, multimedia interface and touchpad, and electric seat height and backrest adjustment for the front seats.

Upgrade to Sport and you get heated front seats, Garmin-powered sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, and 17in alloys. Sport models also get LED headlights, a lowered suspension, folding and dimming mirrors, and leather sports seats. The range-topping AMG Line specs include 18in AMG alloy wheels, an aggressive bodykit and sports suspension. 

On the road, the C-Class Estate’s dynamic behaviour and ride comfort are a step up from the older variants, even if it’s not quite as sharp to drive as its two major rivals. Where it disappoints is in refinement, with too much road noise – and, most noticeably in the diesel variants, too much engine noise – making its way back into the interior.