Hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed C-Class Saloon comes the new C-Class Estate range, combining the same exceptional qualities of safety, agility and comfort with a significant increase in spaciousness and versatility.
As well as a luggage capacity of up to 1500 litres, giving it one of the largest load compartments in the segment, it also offers a host of handy features for easy loading and safe transportation including as standard the Easy Pack automatic powered tailgate which opens and closes at the push of a button.
There are eight engines to choose from, which have been extensively reworked to boost power output by a considerable margin and to improve fuel economy by as much as 12 per cent. The C 200 CDI for example is capable of 47.1 mpg (previously 41.5 mpg), enabling a single tank of fuel (66 litres) to last for over 600 miles on the combined cycle.
Like the Saloon, the C-Class Estate is the first car in its market segment to be awarded with an Environmental Certificate, which confirms its environmentally-focused development conforms to the international ISO standard.
It also blazes a trail in terms of safety, with innovations such as Pre-Safe and the Adaptive Brake system, along with seven airbags and the crash-responsive Neck-Pro front head restraints all part of the standard specification. The Saloon variant was recently awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating. Whilst the Estate has not yet been tested it shares the Saloon’s safety armoury.
The new C-Class Estate adopts the Saloon's three individual model lines, SE, Elegance and Sport which place differing emphasis on comfort and agility and which are distinguished by unique radiator grilles.
Three extended horizontal louvres and a large centrally positioned Mercedes star define Sport models which combine a luxury specification with first class driving dynamics. Elegance models feature chrome highlights on the radiator grille which is finished in high-gloss paint accentuating its comfort and luxury. Finally, the SE line offers the same technical innovations but in a deliberately more restrained and traditional package, and together with Elegance features a more executive design with a bonnet-mounted Mercedes star.
On the road prices start from £24,630 for the C 180 KOMPRESSOR SE, rising to £37,205 for the C 350 Sport.