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Mercedes C-Class Estate buying guide

There are a handful of engine and trim selections available for the C-Class Estate. We'll look at each in more detail here.

What Mercedes C-Class Estate trim levels are there?

AMG Line is the only entry-level model available in the UK, eschewing the more affordable SE and Sport trims available elsewhere in the Mercedes lineup. These cars get sporty AMG-style alloy wheels and a body kit, as well as faux-leather upholstery, heated front seats, climate control, cruise control, auto lights and wipers, automated parking, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Jumping up to AMG Line Premium brings bigger alloys to non-plug-in-hybrid models, plus a 360º parking camera and a clever augmented reality sat nav. AMG Line Premium Plus, meanwhile, adds a panoramic sunroof, a heads-up display for the driver, wood cabin trim and four-zone climate control.

What's the Mercedes C-Class Estate's interior and technology like?

The C-Class Estate's cabin is broadly the same as the saloon, save for the larger boot. That means you get the brand's sweeping dashboard design with a large, central 'MBUX' infotainment screen alongside a secondary display for the driver behind the steering wheel. Leather, metal and metal-effect trim covers most surfaces, helping the C-Class feel suitably premium, although we're not fans of the slightly naff pattern that's been printed on the dashboard's structure.

Mercedes' 'MBUX' infotainment system responds quickly to inputs and looks great with pin-sharp graphics. However, the menu layouts are fussy with little cohesion between different functions, and there's often so much information crammed on screen it can take a little time to work out what you're looking at. Nevertheless, once you've got your head around it, you'll find all the functions you'd expect to use every day.

Space inside the C-Class Estate is fairly good. There's enough room to seat six footers in the rear behind similarly lofty passengers up front without anyone's knees getting bumped – although there isn't as much room to lounge out in as you'll find in a Skoda Superb or Mercedes E-Class. The boot is more important, considering this is the estate version, and its 490-litre area is roughly on par with direct rivals, and handily outstrips the C-Class saloon's 455-litre figure.

Mercedes C-Class Estate engine range explained

Mercedes C-Class Estate C220d diesel

This is the entry-level diesel engine for the C-Class. That said, this 2.0-litre unit's 200hp output means it feels strong on the open road, with a nippy 0-62mph time of just 7.4 seconds. Average economy should sit north of 56mpg.

Mercedes C-Class Estate C300d diesel

If you want the long-range ability of a diesel but with more power underfoot, check out the C300d. This engine's been boosted to 265hp, dropping the 0-62mph time to a hot-hatch-baiting 5.8 seconds. Economy should remain above 50mpg if you drive gently.

Mercedes C-Class Estate C200 petrol

This is the entry-level 1.5-litre petrol unit. Despite its modest size, a turbocharger means it makes 204hp for strong acceleration and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds. You should be able to average around 40mpg with careful driving.

Mercedes C-Class Estate C300 petrol

After a petrol engine with more grunt? Try the C300. This version makes 258hp and cracks off the 0-62mph run in six seconds flat. Economy only falls to 39mpg despite the increase in power.

Mercedes C-Class Estate C300e plug-in hybrid

This is the plug-in-hybrid option available for the C-Class. Between the engine and electric motor, total system power stands at 313hp, with the 0-62mph run zipped off in just 6.2 seconds. Official economy stands at a faintly ridiculous 470mpg – but you'll need to make frequent use of the 65-mile claimed electric range and recharge often to get close to that figure.

Mercedes C-Class Estate FAQs

The C-Class Estate comes in one form only – a five-door, five-seat estate car with a hatchback-style boot lid.

It's the estate sibling to the Mercedes C-Class saloon, which has a similar layout but with four doors and a less practical saloon-style boot lid.

The C-Class Estate is a fairly big car, measuring 4.75 metres long. That puts it within a few millimetres of its key rivals the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, and a little longer than the likes of the Tesla Model 3.

Despite its size, the C-Class shouldn't be hard to park because all models include automated park assist as standard, as well as all-round parking sensors and a reversing camera. A 360º parking camera is fitted to AMG Line Premium cars and higher.

Space in the C-Class Estate is good. There's enough room to sit four adults comfortably, although squeezing a fifth on the rear row will see passengers quickly run out of elbow and foot room. The 490-litre boot is a useful, square size and should be more than a match for a big holiday or a medium-sized dog.

The entry-level C200 petrol and C220d diesel units are more than brawny enough to get the C-Class up to motorway speeds without feeling strained. As a result, if you're not fussed about having world-ending performance, either basic engine option is easy to recommend.

Of course, the C300 petrol, C300d diesel and C300e plug-in hybrid are noticeably more powerful, but they're only worth the extra investment if you really want the added performance.

By any standard, the C-Class Estate is a good car. It's easy and satisfying to drive, effortlessly powerful, nicely trimmed and stacked with technology.

It has a slightly softer edge than its main rivals, the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, which makes it the best of the three at calmly cruising around. The slight downside here, however, is that it's not quite as engaging as the 3 Series might be on a fun, twisty road.

The added practicality of the Estate version makes it a better all-round family car than the saloon, too. There's more room to stuff pushchairs or pets into the boot, making your getaways that much easier.

Yes. C-Class Estates are rear-wheel drive as standard. This gives them slightly sweeter handling and a traditional 'rear-driven' feeling from behind the wheel.

Four-wheel drive is available on high-end AMG performance models but most regular drivers will be better served by simply fitting a set of winter tyres when the weather gets cold.

Mercedes tends to return middling scores in reliability surveys. This isn't uncommon for premium brands as their cars are usually packed with extra features, which means more potential parts that could go wrong. Nevertheless, many parts and engines are common to other Mercedes models, so you shouldn't find too many issues when sourcing replacement parts.

You can add an extended warranty to your C-Class Estate when you purchase it. This starts once the manufacturer's original coverage ends and protects you from the cost of unexpected mechanical or electrical failures.