First pictures of the new Mercedes C-class Estate, with 1500-litre cargo bay
31 August 2007

Mercedes has just issued the first pictures of its C-class Estate, the load-lugging version of the C-class saloon it launched earlier in the year. Stuttgart's booted 'C' will be shown at next month's Frankfurt motor show, and be available for UK customers in summer 2008.The estate range will consist of SE, Sport and Elegance versions. Like the saloon, the Sport and Elegance cars will come with different grilles, the Sport getting Mercedes' disc-like three-pointed star grille badge, and the Elegance the flying star on its bonnet. Mercedes has increased the wagon’s boot size from 1384-litres in the old model, to 1500-litres with the seats folded in this one; it claims this is a class-leading figure. The tailgate has automatic push-button closing, and the boot can be specced up to include various neat dividers, nets, hooks and lashing points (see gallery).As with the saloon, Mercedes’ Agility Control package is standard on the estate; it uses automatic adapative dampers to improve ride quality. Self-levelling suspension is also an option. Engine choices consist of the 154bhp C180 and 163bhp C200 supercharged petrol units, and three six-cylinder petrols – the 201bhp C230, 228bhp C280 and 268bhp C350. Diesels include the 134bhp C200-, 168bhp C220- and 221bhp V6 C320 CDIs.Prices have yet to be confirmed by MB, but expect them to start just under £25k for the C180 SE, rising to around £38k for the C350 Sport.

Come back to on 5 September for first pictures of Stuttgart's range-topping C-class wagon, the 450bhp C63 AMG Estate

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes C-Class marks a return to the company's old-school values of all-round quality and maturity

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