What used Mercedes C-Class estate will I get for my budget?
There are plenty of examples of this generation of the C-Class Estate on sale. You’ll need upwards of £12,000 at the time of writing to secure a car from this generation, though, as around or below that figure will only get you examples with very high mileages or Cat D or N issues.
Spend between £13,000 and £15,000 and you could find yourself with an immaculate 2017 C220 d Sport, our chosen trim, with an average mileage from an independent dealer. Spend between £15,000 and £18,000 to secure a good example from 2018 or 2019 and £21,000 to £29,000 on the 2020 and final 2021 models. The later hybrid model will still cost you a fortune, however, and you'll need more than that even for the super-sporting C43 and C63 AMG cars.
However, all figures are based on the older NEDC tests. Under the more stringent WLTP tests, the C200d averages 61.4mpg, the C220d 55.4mpg, the C300d 47.9mpg. The petrol C180 gets 43.5mpg, the C200 44.1mpg, the C300 40.4mpg.
Road tax (VED)
Cars registered before the tax changes of 1 April 2017 came into force will pay the annual car tax (VED) according to CO2 emissions, while those registered after that date will pay a flat rate, currently £165 a year. Be warned, though, if your C-Class cost over £40,000 new, it will then attract a supplementary luxury car tax, payable from years two to six and currently £355 a year. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Servicing costs for the C-Class Estate can be expensive, as can replacement parts, but there is a pay-monthly service plan available to safeguard against prohibitive costs. At the time of writing, such plans are available from around £27 per month and guarantee the cost of parts and labour for up to three services.
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