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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2008 - )

Last updated 7 April 2014

 
4
Kerb weight 1500–1795 kg
Warranty 3 years / Unlimited miles
Servicing 15,500 miles

Full specifications

Driving

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.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
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 136–138 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 4.3–4.6 s 155–174 mph 285 g/km
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