Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2008 - 2014)
Last updated 14 March 2016
|Kerb weight||1500–1795 kg|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
It's extremely comfortable. The latest Command satnav is intuitive and clear, though you do get Miss Whiplash giving the instructions rather than Honda's delightful dreamgirl.
At town speeds the speed sensitive parameter steering is so light and lacking in feel I did the unforgivable and kerbed an alloy on one of Belgravia's unforgiving kerbs. Then as soon as you get moving, it's fine. It's just that the car is so heavily loaded with technology you don't so much drive it as conduct it.
For a long time Mercedes have fitted the best cruise control and speed limiter of any cars on earth. It's completely simple. Adjusts your speed in 1mph or 5mph increments, so two movements gets you 10mph. Push it and you can limit your speed through a contraflow to whatever you want just as long as the Polish HGV on your tailgate will let you.
I'm not sure I like the front grille much. As Teutonic as a Tiger tank. But the profile and rear three quarters of the car are good. And the overall look is as solid as the car feels.
And that's what you want from a small Mercedes. You want it to feel like a condensed big one. The previous W203 C Class didn't do it. But this one does.
|C180 BlueEfficiency||42–48 mpg||8.7–9.2 s||135 mph||139–176 g/km|
|C180 BlueEfficiency Automatic||43–48 mpg||8.7–9.1 s||134 mph||139–163 g/km|
|C180 CGI BlueEfficiency||40 mpg||9.2 s||135 mph||164 g/km|
|C180 CGI BlueEfficiency Automatic||38 mpg||9.2 s||132 mph||172 g/km|
|C180 Kompressor BlueEfficiency||43 mpg||9.8 s||138 mph||156–162 g/km|
|C200 CDI BlueEfficiency||54–59 mpg||9.6 s||130 mph||127–141 g/km|
|C200 CDI BlueEfficiency Automatic||49–55 mpg||9.5–10.1 s||129 mph||134–153 g/km|
|C200 Kompressor||39 mpg||8.8 s||146 mph||173–178 g/km|
|C220 CDI||48 mpg||8.5 s||139 mph||156–161 g/km|
|C220 CDI BlueEfficiency||60–66 mpg||8.5 s||136 mph||114–135 g/km|
|C220 CDI BlueEfficiency Automatic||49–58 mpg||8.1–8.8 s||129–136 mph||130–154 g/km|
|C230||30 mpg||8.6 s||144 mph||221–226 g/km|
|C250 BlueEfficiency||42 mpg||7.4 s||145 mph||159–162 g/km|
|C250 CDI BlueEfficiency||46–55 mpg||7.2–7.8 s||147–148 mph||132–160 g/km|
|C250 CDI BlueEfficiency Automatic||54 mpg||7.4 s||147 mph||135–138 g/km|
|C350||28 mpg||6.5 s||155 mph||235 g/km|
|C350 BlueEfficiency||39 mpg||6.0 s||155 mph||170 g/km|
|C350 CDI BlueEfficiency||42–47 mpg||6.3–6.5 s||152–155 mph||159–180 g/km|
|C63 AMG||23 mpg||4.6 s||155 mph||285 g/km|
|C63 AMG Edition 507||23 mpg||4.3 s||174 mph||285 g/km|
Reliability of a tractor, comfort of a sofaOn 1 April 2016
Solid but uninspiringOn 12 January 2015
Refined & economical, with adequate performanceOn 14 April 2014