What is it?
When it comes to combining driving enjoyment with everyday versatility the automatic choice for many remains the upmarket estate, and this is Mercedes' offering.
Less flashy and in many ways the more sensible alternative when real world usability is taken into account, nothing impresses quite like a well sorted estate – especially one carrying the illustrious three-pointed star.
In the UK, some 20 per cent of all C-class buyers have traditionally opted for the estate over the saloon. That’s not a lot in comparison to other European countries, but it is enough to see this new one offered here with the same eight engine options and three trim levels as its saloon sibling.
What’s it like?
The new estate mirrors the sharp new look of the recently introduced saloon through to the trailing edge of the front doors, but from there on back it is totally unique. While the outgoing C-class estate placed its emphasis on sporty good looks, this latest one has clearly been conceived more as a load hauler, it’s rear window sitting at a more upright angle and the roofline boasting a less exaggerated angle towards the rear.
It’s 55mm longer, 42mm wider and sits on a wheelbase that has grown by an appreciable 45mm over its popular predecessor, giving it a much broader footprint. Nominal boot space has increased from 470-litres to 485-litres over the previous C-class estate; with the rear seat backs folded forward the volume increases by an even more impressive 155-litres to 1500-litres.