What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes C-Class estate?
It’s the strength of the C-Class Estate’s competition that, in some eyes, is its undoing. The mid-size estate class has one of the strongest fields of any class of car and to be in one that features both the super-competent Audi A4 Avant and the class-establishing BMW 3 Series Touring is distinctly bad luck.
The Audi A4 Avant is more practical than the C-Class Estate, with more space inside and a slightly larger boot. It’s more refined, too, with a number of highly efficient and very smooth engines. It’s also better to drive, thanks to its sharper steering and more eager handling. The interior has always impressed us for its relative simplicity yet high-quality feel and its infotainment system, controlled using a rotary-style controller, is clear and intuitive to use.
Consider also the cheaper Mk7 version of the Volkswagen Golf Estate, which carries with it all the virtues of the hatchback version and adds a huge boot, and, if you're looking for a bargain, the older Honda Civic Tourer, which is good to drive and has an even more enormous capacity than the VW.
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