What is it?
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate – which so far hasn’t proved one of those added-practicality German execs that rivals its saloon sibling for popularity.
But that balance may shift a little in favour of the estate with this ‘W205’ model generation Mercedes. There’s not only more cargo space on offer this time – 490 litres going on 1510 with the seats down, the latter a segment-best - but also now three-way 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats and optional self-leveling air suspension. The latter is sure to go down well with the towing fraternity.
The engine range mimics that of the recently launched saloon, with 168bhp C 220 and 201bhp C 250 Bluetec diesels available from launch in September, as well as a 181bhp C 200 petrol.
Shortly after launch a more economical C 200 Bluetec diesel will join the range, as well as a diesel-electric C 300 Bluetec Hybrid. There will be no six-cylinder turbodiesel this time around, however – and the C400 V6 petrol offered in other markets won’t make it to the UK either.