"It's a practical choice," will likely be the first words past your lips when you try to convince your partner that this is a sensible option. 

Fortunately, a modicum of truth to that statement might help you coerce them into hearing you out. This is a refined-looking Mercedes-Benz estate, after all, one with seating for five and a capacious boot.

"Consider it serving two purposes," will be uttered next, as you try to dodge the fact that this C-Class does in fact have a 4.3-litre V8 under the bonnet. One that produces 306bhp and 302lb ft, granting the plush Merc a 0-60mph time of under seven seconds.

Manage to make that idea fly and you'll be able to enjoy the duality that makes high-performance estates like the C43 AMG so desirable. Here's a car you can chuck the kids and their associated paraphernalia in, and drive as comfortably and as easily as any other luxury estate.

Yet, when the opportunity arises, you can bury the accelerator in the carpet and listen to one of the finer things in life - that is, a naturally aspirated V8 racing towards the redline. You'll also be able to relish the sharper responses and additional cachet that is served up by AMG-fettled models, resulting in a car that's just outright more enjoyable to own and drive.