Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2014) Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2014) At A Glance
Fantastic depth of quality, lovely cabin ambience and improved interior space, very refined, quiet and composed – even the four-cylinder diesels.
No 4Matic four-wheel drive models for the UK, expensive options required to get the best from it, only a minor luggage space improvement, unintuitive infotainment interface.
Insurance Groups are between 24–48
On average it achieves 65% of the official MPG figure
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate is one of the three big premium compact wagon contenders, alongside the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi’s A4 Avant, with cars like Volvo’s V60 and Volkswagen’s Golf Estate also trying to muscle in on this territory. It’s fiercely competitive as rivals aim to offer a mix of luxury and comfort alongside the more obvious estate-car qualities of space and practicality.
Despite the proliferation of SUV-based niche cars designed to appeal to young buyers with a ‘lifestyle’, Mercedes-Benz has no good reason to veer away from tradition with the C-Class Estate. It’s still a very popular bodystyle, and to do without one in this premium segment would be commercially ruinous, even for rivals like BMW who are filling their range with SUVs like they’re about to be outlawed…
First introduced in 2014 and then substantially revised in 2018, the C-Class Estate aims to offer practicality and space, a luxurious cabin and a mix of good comfort and an enjoyable driving experience. As with the majority of Mercedes-Benz models there is also an emphasis on technology and safety too.
The result is a beautiful blend of traditional indulgence, iPad-generation modernity and space. And it really is that simple. Mercedes-Benz has made a two-box car, filled it with leather, fitted a tablet PC to the dash, and garnished the whole thing with brushed steel, gloss black and wood veneer. It’s a John Lewis living room display on wheels.
If that sounds disparaging, that’s not the intention – the overarching ambience of this car is that of a ‘proper’ Mercedes-Benz estate. For various reasons the last couple of C-Class models didn’t really nail that ambience, but it’s very clear, very quickly, that this C-Class takes much of its inspiration from the S-Class, which is high praise indeed.
This new C-Class Estate is defined by its refinement, its cabin flair, the depth of quality of the surfaces, and the apparent thought that’s gone into the design.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t tried to make it a BMW either, so while it’s perfectly good at the more dynamic stuff (rear-wheel drive, weighty steering and a brilliantly unobtrusive seven-speed automatic gearbox), it’s actually a lot better when its gently going about its business – when it’s ‘wafting along’, to coin a cliché that Mercedes-Benz owners the world over used to use.
It’s not perfect, of course – there’s quite a bit of road and tyre noise at motorway speeds, and the extra 10 litres of maximum boot space is probably not as much as you might expect given the increase in dimensions.
It also costs considerably more than its key rivals, but you might see this as something to boast about rather than to avoid altogether. But really, these are footnotes in a story that’s largely excellent. Is it better than the 3 Series Touring?
That depends what you want, but the important thing is, it no longer sails so close to its German nemesis. Instead, it treads its own path, gently. Like a Mercedes-Benz should.
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On the inside of an Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2014)
The standard 40/20/40 split rear bench is a skier’s delight, the massive glove box is more of a glove wholesaler’s unit and the boot floor not only sits flush with the loading lip, but conceals a rather large space underneath. And if you’re willing to pay for the privilege, you can blip the flat-folding rear bench down remotely using your keys.
It seems that most of the effort has gone into additional cabin room and although from the front the car does have an ever-so-slightly compact feel (the roofline is quite low, especially with the sunroof option), there’s an appreciable improvement in rear leg room - 40mm more.
The maximum 1510-litre boot capacity is only 10 litres more than the outgoing car offered. And, as it happens, it’s exactly the same as the space in the back of a BMW 3 Series Touring.
All cars come with leather upholstery as standard, so it’s the material choices further up the eye line that distinguish pricier C-Class models from the cheaper ones.
In lesser models, wood veneers adorn the door cards and house the infotainment buttons, though those worried about the harrowing sight of incongruous brown strips needn’t – unlike the Japanese Mercedes, the actual Mercedes-Benz knows how to integrate wood nicely into a car.
Admittedly better looking, however, is the brushed steel-effect and gloss black trim of AMG Line models, which get a stitched leather dash top too. The trim structure matches that of the C-Class saloon, unsurprisingly, which means SE, Sport and AMG Line specifications.
As standard, all C-Class Estate models come with DAB, satellite navigation, twin USB inputs and Bluetooth for phone connectivity and audio streaming. This can be upgraded with the Command Online functionality and a more advance Burmester audio system too.
All cars get an iPad-like infotainment screen on the dash top and there’s a symmetrical coherence to the design that makes sitting in the C-Class a real joy.
It can take a little while to get used to the media interface, with its unconventional flourishes like a volume roller switch embedded into the centre console, but it’s a price worth paying, probably, for such relative minimalism.
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2014) Value
The entry-point to the C-Class Estate is the Sport model in C200 form which at £37,520 is quite expensive. In comparison, the cheapest Audi A4 Avant is £32,835 while the least expensive BMW 3 Series Touring is £32,935.
There’s no SE trim available in the estate bodystyle, so it jumps straight to AMG Line Edition which starts at £39,015 for the C200 version, £41,200 for the C200d model and goes all the way up to £45,710 for the C300de EQ Power diesel hybrid version.
Above that there are two versions of the AMG Line Night Edition; Premium and Premium Plus, which are available with the widest choice of engine options. Premium models start at £41,845 for the C200, with the equivalent Premium Plus costing £44,345 - you pay an additional £2500 to move from Premium to Premium Plus whatever the powertrain.
As for used examples, the C-Class is one of the most popular Mercedes-Benz models, and as it is still on sale as a new vehicle there is the potential for both good deals on nearly-new cars as well as lower-priced older examples.
We had a search in the classified ads and turned up a ton of examples. We found a 2019 registered C200 AMG Line with delivery mileage for less than £30,000, and a C300d AMG Line with the Premium package with 1000 miles on the clock for £35,000. Particularly with newer models it is important to check the specification carefully to ensure it has the features you want, as there are many permutations and options to choose from.
As for older examples, 2014 cars are now close to the £10,000 mark, making them something of a bargain. We found a C220 CDI in Executive SE spec with 50,000 miles for £11,000.
The basic C200 model with the petrol engine has a claimed official figure of 39.3mpg combined, so you should see mid-30s in the real world with relative ease.
The C220d diesel model is better still of course, with an official figure of 54.4mpg that should result in real-world consumption into the 40mpg+ bracket.
The hybrid models are even better of course, and the C300de grabs the attention with an official combined figure of 217.2 - it will be impossible to meet this in the real world, but if your journey includes low speed and city driving you may achieve fuel consumption close to three figures.
The downside of that shint three-pointed star is higher insurance prices, particularly as the sticker prices are on the high side too.
A C200 in Sport trim comes in at group 33/34, and it only gets worse from there. The C300 petrol is group 37 or 38, while the petrol and diesel hybrids are the most expensive to insure, with the diesel up in group 43 - a combination of their list price, performance and higher repair costs. It’s important to factor this in to your purchasing decisions before taking the plunge.
Real MPG average for a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2014)
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Driving Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2014)
- Engines range from C 200 2.0 Automatic to AMG C 63 S
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 21–63 mpg
In normal driving the C-Class Estate has an easy-going nature, with steering that is light and responsive and a controlled ride that is comfortable on most surfaces.
What does become apparent however is that the steering lacks much in the way of feel, so that the driver is not fully kept in the loop about what the front wheels are up to.
The C-Class Estate is available with adaptive air suspension as an £895 option. It's a first in this class and there's plenty of distinction between its Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes.
It doesn’t entirely define the driving experience though, the C-Class seems more suited to Comfort mode, with its more supple damper settings, lighter steering and shorter gear changes. But even in Sport, it’s the fuss-free cabin ambience, quiet engine note and well-judged seating position that really combine to make this car feel special.
The basic C200 petrol has a 1.5-litre unit boosted by a mild hybrid system, so it offers a useful 184PS, decent performance and reasonable fuel consumption for a petrol engine.
It’s also refined and works well with the nine-speed automatic transmission, so it makes a sound choice even though it is the least expensive option. The same logic applies for the basic diesel version in the C220d; with 194PS it is quick enough for most people and is impressively economical too.
The C300 and C300d options offer more performance and a more relaxed driving experience, particularly on motorways and when carrying heavy loads, but the penalty is fuel consumption; if you can afford it then they are desirable, but if costs are paramount the C220d is no bad choice.
The same logic can be applied to the hybrid models, which are clever, quiet, fast and can operate in pure electric mode. You pay for the privilege though...
Euro NCAP tested the C-Class in 2014 and gave it the full five star rating, with a score of 94 per cent for adult protection and 84 per cent for child protection. Pedestrian mitigation was also strong with a score of 77 per cent, and 70 per cent for safety assist, giving a consistently high score in all categories.
The C-Class is also fitted with a good range of driver assistance systems as standard, with all models getting ESC and automatic emergency braking as standard.
An additional package called Driving Assistance adds a further suite of systems including Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, BAS Plus with Cross-traffic Assist, Active Distronic Plus with Active Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection and Pre-Safe Plus - at £1,695 it’s not exactly cheap, but considering the amount of additional functionality it adds it is worth careful consideration.
Unusually, the towing capacity of the C-Class Estate is the same whichever engine option you choose. With no four-wheel-drive option either, towing capacity is decent but not exceptional; all versions offer 750kg unbraked and 1800kg braked, although it will obviously be easier with one of the more powerful engine options.
|AMG C 43||30–35 mpg||4.8 s||185–220 g/km|
|AMG C 63||28–34 mpg||4.1–4.2 s||196–228 g/km|
|AMG C 63 S||28–34 mpg||4.1 s||196–229 g/km|
|C 180||46–47 mpg||8.4 s||136–140 g/km|
|C 180 Automatic||42–44 mpg||8.5 s||147–152 g/km|
|C 200 1.5 4Matic Automatic||42 mpg||8.4 s||153 g/km|
|C 200 1.5 Automatic||44–46 mpg||7.9 s||142–147 g/km|
|C 200 2.0||50–51 mpg||7.7 s||128 g/km|
|C 200 2.0 4Matic Automatic||40–41 mpg||7.6 s||152–159 g/km|
|C 200 2.0 Automatic||48–51 mpg||7.3–7.5 s||128–146 g/km|
|C 200 2.0 d||66 mpg||10.1 s||112 g/km|
|C 200 d 1.6||61–67 mpg||8.7–10.1 s||110–115 g/km|
|C 200 d 1.6 Automatic||61–66 mpg||8.2–10.6 s||114–119 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.0 4Matic Automatic||57 mpg||7.4 s||132–133 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.0 Automatic||59–60 mpg||7.0 s||119–128 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.1||63–67 mpg||7.9 s||109–115 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.1 4Matic Automatic||58–60 mpg||7.7 s||124–129 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.1 Automatic||60–64 mpg||7.5–7.6 s||114–120 g/km|
|C 250 d 2.1 4Matic Automatic||58–60 mpg||7.0 s||124–129 g/km|
|C 250 d 2.1 Automatic||59–63 mpg||6.9 s||117–123 g/km|
|C 300 Automatic||42–43 mpg||6.0 s||143–155 g/km|
|C 300 d 4Matic Automatic||53 mpg||6.0 s||141 g/km|
|C 300 d Automatic||57 mpg||6.0 s||132–133 g/km|
|C 300 de Automatic||-||5.6 s||39–42 g/km|
|C 300 h||69–74 mpg||6.7 s||100 g/km|
|C 350 e||-||6.2 s||49–53 g/km|
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2014) Models and Specs
SE cars get 16-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a full colour multimedia system with touchpad interface (and very clear the screen is, too), DAB digital radio, agility control, comfort suspension, reversing camera, rain sensitive wipers, collision prevention assist plus, cruise control with hold function and tyre pressure monitoring.
Sport models get 17-inch alloys, exterior chrome trim, leather seats, DAB radio, a reversing camer, aluminium interior trim with contrasting stitching, heated front sports seats, LED high-performance headlights, 15mm lowered comfort suspension, Active Park Assist, and satellite navigation
AMG Line trim gets 18-inch wheels, an AMG body styling kit, AMG floor mats, AMG sports pedals, AMG leather sports seats, AMG sports steering wheel, black roof lining, a speed-sensitive adaptable steering system, lowered sports suspension (by 15mm) and gearshift paddles with automatic gearbox models.
AMG Line Night Edition Premium adds 19-inch alloy wheels, black exterior detailing, a memory package for the electric front seats, COMAND Online, man-made leather, Midline 225W sound system and wireless charging
AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus adds Keyless Go Comfort package, 360 degree camera, a panoramic electric sunroof and a Burmester sound system.
|Kerb Weight||1495–1955 kg|
|Boot Space||315–1510 L|
|Road Tax Bands||A–L|
|Official MPG||28.3–117.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
Currently on sale
On sale until September 2019
On sale until July 2019
|C300h 2.1 AMG Line Auto 5dr||£41,475||68.9 mpg||6.7 s|
|C300h 2.1 AMG Line Premium Auto 5dr||£43,170||68.9 mpg||6.7 s|
|C300h 2.1 AMG Line Premium Plus Auto 5dr||£44,470||68.9 mpg||6.7 s|
|C300h 2.1 Sport Auto 5dr||£39,960||74.3 mpg||6.7 s|
|C300h 2.1 Sport Premium Auto 5dr||£41,655||74.3 mpg||6.7 s|
|C300h 2.1 Sport Premium Plus Auto 5dr||£42,955||74.3 mpg||6.7 s|
|C350e 2.0 AMG Line Auto 5dr||£42,190||-||6.2 s|
|C350e 2.0 AMG Line Premium Auto 5dr||£43,885||-||6.2 s|
|C350e 2.0 AMG Line Premium Plus Auto 5dr||£45,185||-||6.2 s|
|C350e 2.0 Sport Auto 5dr||£40,680||-||6.2 s|
|C350e 2.0 Sport Premium Auto 5dr||£43,000||-||6.2 s|
|C350e 2.0 Sport Premium Plus Auto 5dr||£44,300||-||6.2 s|
On sale until September 2018
On sale until April 2017
On sale until October 2015
|C 220d 170 Sport Auto 5dr||£34,870||62.8 mpg||7.6 s|
On sale until April 2015
|C 63 AMG 510 S Edition 1 Auto 5dr||£74,700||33.6 mpg||4.1 s|
On sale until September 2014
|C 200 BlueTEC SE Executive 136 5dr||£30,765||65.7 mpg||10.1 s|
- Fantastic interior quality.
- Nicely designed dashboard and driver area.
- Big boot with a 40/20/40 folding rear bench.
- Superbly refined four-cylinder diesel engines.
- Generous standard equipment list.
- Infotainment interface isn’t intuitive enough.
- Very expensive options.
- Wind and tyre noise at motorway speeds.
- Best ride quality comes with £895 air suspension optio.
What to watch out for
11-11-2015: Apparently, red colour paint has sometimes 'bubbled' under the lacquer on some 2014 C-Class estates. If the paint was original (not accident damaged and repaired), Mercedes-Benz will repaint the car.
18-1-2018: Report of tailgate of September 2017 Mercedes-Benz C220d Estate opening randomly when the car is left alone. This has happened in many different locations and weather conditions with no particular pattern emerging as to why. At first owner thought it may be him, so checked the boot closure was clear and waited for the final click to confirm it was closed, but it still happens. He goes shopping and comes back to find the boot is open. To open remotely you need to hold the button on the key for about 2 seconds so this hasn't been done by him inadvertently.
8-6-2018: Report of owner of 2017 Mercedes-Benz C220d Premium Plus auto finding that car has a 42 litre fuel tank instead of the expected 66 litre tank. This severely restricts its range to around 250 miles. Speculation that MB ran out of 66 litre tanks on the production line and to keep the line running fitted thr 42 litre tank of the C-Class hybrid.
16-7-2019: Report of repeated problems with 2017 Meredes Benz C220d Estate with 19,000 miles. In a period of 66 days it spent 54 in the workshop having been returned to owner 3 times ‘fixed’ only to break down again within a few days. It has now broken down again having not even reached the end of owner's drive after being returned to his home by the dealer and is currently undergoing repair at MB Exeter. The customer service has been excellent but owner fed up with the inconvenience. The one consistent factor might be duff diesel in the car's tank if it has never been refuelled while this has been going on.
20-9-2014: Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for the new C-Class over a potential steering fault. The C-Class recall affects more than 8,000 cars, built between 17 January and 22 September 2014.
The fault is thought to relate to the steering column coupling lock, which may not have been installed correctly at the factory. Owners of affected models will be contacted by their local dealer for a free inspection and Mercedes-Benz has said any correctional work will be carried out under warranty.
The problem, which could cause steering wheels to squeak, was initially noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe. The recall affects 28,500 models in Germany as well as more than 10,500 vehicles in the USA.
A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson said the automaker was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the production glitch and the problem should not impact the car's steering in any way.
23-7-2017: MB issued a voluntary recall to apply software upgrades to diesel engines in a bid to cut nitrogen oxide emissions on three million vehicles. All Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard diesel engines registered in Europe between January 2011 and September 2015 are affected. (Only the new two-litre turbodiesel fitted to the latest E-Class saloon and a new V6 turbodiesel in the soon-to-be released S-Class are exempt.) A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said that the “software upgrade” would be carried out by dealerships when customers visited for a service or other maintenance work and would take around an hour to complete. MB “did not expect” the upgrade to have any effect on the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Many Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles have already had the update applied after work to apply the changes to compact vehicles and the V-Class MPV got underway in March. It was reported in The Times in July that while Daimler, which manufactures Mercedes-Benz, had not been found to use the same type of software for cheating emissions tests discovered in Volkswagen vehicles in 2015, it is the subject of an investigation by the German authorities into the possible manipulation of exhaust controls in cars with diesel engines.
17-10-2017: Mercedes-Benz issued a voluntary recall to apply a free-of-charge fix to approximately 400,000 UK models affected by a broken steering column spring. Coupled with insufficiently earthed wiring components, this may lead to a short circuit - which can inadvertently deploy the driver's airbag. If the airbag warning light appears on the dash customers are urged to contact a roadside assistance service or their nearest retailer. The safety recall affects certain A-Class, B-Class, C-Class and E-Class models, together with CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles, built between November 2011 and July 2017.
- May 2014: Mercedes-Benz unveils new C-Class Estate
- June 2014: C-Class Estate prices revealed
- September 2014: Mercedes C63 AMG Estate unveiled
- August 2017
- August 2018: Revised AMG C 63 goes on sale
Mercedes-Benz unveils new C-Class Estate
The dimensions of the new C-Class Estate have grown considerably. With an 80mm increase in the wheelbase (2840mm) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 96mm longer (4702mm) and 40mm wider (1810mm). The resulting increase in space primarily benefits the rear-seat passengers who now enjoy 45mm more legroom. There is also more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom than in the previous model.
The sporty rear of the new C-Class Estate provides a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres. It thus surpasses its predecessor by ten litres. The load compartment volume behind the rear seats has increased by five litres to 490 litres.
Variability and consequently functionality also increase significantly. The rear seats now have a 40/20/40 split instead of the 60/ 40 split in the predecessor. Practical details ensure that the load compartment is even more versatile and easier to use, and as a result it can be conveniently tailored to the driver’s need. The rear-seat backrests can be unlocked and folded electrically at the push of a button to create an enlarged and level load compartment.
The touchpad in the new C-Class Estate developed by Mercedes-Benz marks an evolutionary step. As on a smartphone, all the head-unit functions can be operated using finger gestures. The control surface of the touchpad is built into the handrest on the central control panel and bordered by a high-quality metal support.
The diesel models of the new C-Class are powered by the further advanced four-cylinder or the new small four-cylinder engine, which as BlueTEC models are all equipped with SCR technology (selective catalytic reduction). They cover an output range from 115PS to 204PS.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz offers a diesel engine combined with a hybrid module. The C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid with four-cylinder diesel engine and compact electric motor generates a power output of 204PS + 27PS and despite its high power output delivers 74mpg in combined mode.
Three BlueDirect four-cylinder petrol engines and one BlueDirect six‑cylinder petrol engine with power outputs ranging from 156PS to 333PS will initially be available for the new C-Class. The four-cylinder C 350 Hybrid with plug-in technology and a power output of 208PS + 67PS will follow in due course.
C-Class Estate customers will have a choice of two versions of the standard-specification steel suspension, which includes a sporty set-up. As an alternative, Mercedes-Benz, for the first time, offers an air suspension in this segment. The AirMATIC air suspension manages to bridge the gap between a high level of ride comfort and dynamic-agile handling. AirMATIC also features all-round self-levelling for optimum ride comfort even with the vehicle loaded.
C-Class Estate prices revealed
Starting the range is the C200 petrol engine, producing 184PS and emitting 128g/km of CO2. Priced at £28,055 (a £1,200 premium over the Saloon), the C200 is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Two diesel engines – the 220 BlueTEC and the 250 BlueTEC – produce 170PS and 204PS and emit from 108g/km and 117g/km of CO2 respectively. The 220 BlueTEC – available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox - starts from £30,565 OTR while the 250 BlueTEC (available with a seven-speed automatic gearbox only) is priced from £33,220 OTR.
Two further engines – a C 200 BlueTEC diesel and the C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID – will join the range later in the year. Linked to each engine range is the choice of three model lines – SE, Sport and AMG Line. In addition there are four option packages – the Executive Package (£995 and available on the SE) which comprises the Garmin Map Pilot navigation system, heated front seats and chrome (rather than black) roof rails.
The Premium Package adds a panoramic glass sunroof, Keyless-Go, the ambient lighting system and the electric seat memory package. The Premium Plus Package adds the mighty Burmester surround sound system and COMAND Online. The packages cost £1,595 and £2,795 respectively.
Further options include the Driving Assistance Package (£1,495 available on the Sport and AMG Line models) which incorporates the Blind Spot Assist, Distronic Plus, Lane-Keeping Assist and the Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system.
The AirMATIC Agility Package (£895) allows the suspension on the C-Class Estate to self-level and be raised by 25mm when required as well as varying to allow different damping characteristics. The Air-Balance package, meanwhile, allows a fragrance to be diffused around the interior of the car via a small container found in the glovebox.
|Model||Transmission||Power (hp)||Torque (Nm)||Economy (MPG)||
|200 petrol – 1991cc||Six-speed manual or 7-speed automatic||184||300||51.4||128||£28,055|
220 BlueTEC, diesel 2143cc
|Six-speed manual or 7-speed automatic||170||400||65.7||108||£30,565|
250 BlueTEC, diesel 2143cc
Mercedes C63 AMG Estate unveiled
The new C63 AMG adds an all-new 4.0-litre biturbo engine to endow it with phenomenal performance while unique, three-stage adjustable dampers and a bespoke steering setup allow it to retain the agility that made the model it replaces the most popular AMG ever created.
Every C63 AMG is fitted with 245/40 R18 (front) and 265/40 R18 (rear) tyres while the ‘S’ model gains 245/35 R19 (front) and 265/35 R19 (rear) tyres. A new braking system uses 390 mm discs at the front and 360 mm at the rear with the option of enhanced ceramic discs available for track-orientated driving.
The C63 AMG produces 476PS and, in C63 S AMG guise, 510PS. It’s nearly a third more efficient than the engine it replaces yet, in ‘S’ form, produces more power and emits less CO2– now from 192 g/km. A heavily revised version of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission features on the C63 AMG - now with significantly quicker shift times to improve responses. The C 63 S AMG Estate accelerates from rest to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and is limited to a maximum top speed of 155 mph.
Mercedes Benz C350e petrol plug-in hybrid introduced with 210HP turbo petrol 1,991cc engine and 82HP electric motor. 0-60 in 5.7 seconts, top speed limited to 155mph, 48g/km CO2 and 134.5 mpg on the unrealistic 11 kilometre New European Drive Cycle. 6.2kWh Lithium Ion battery. Chargemaster home wall charging socket available for £280. Airmatic air suspension is standard.
Revised AMG C 63 goes on sale
The Estate is available from £67,629. The AMG C 63 uses AMG’s hand-built 4.0-litre V8 ‘hot V’ biturbo petrol engine which generates 476PS or 510PS for S models.
For the first time the C 63 now comes with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission (previously 7G), which has been specially designed for shorter shift times. A wet start-off clutch continues to replace the torque converter, ultimately saving weight and optimising throttle response.
AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping adjustment and an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential are now standard on all C 63 models. The C 63 S also comes as standard with dynamic engine mounts, combining comfort with dynamic performance by reducing vibrations in the engine/transmission unit.
The C 63 Estate can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds (C 63 S: 4.2 seconds). The standard C 63 has an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph, while all C 63 S models can reach 180 mph (174 mph for the Estate and Cabriolet).
Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, performance exhaust, Multibeam LED headlights, 12.3-inch digital cockpit display, 10.25-inch central display, Comand Online, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours, keyless start, wireless phone charging and memory seats. The C 63 S adds nine-stage AMG traction control, AMG Track Pace, AMG performance seats and 19-inch alloy wheels.
For £2595 customers can opt for the Premium Plus equipment line which includes Burmester surround sound system, panoramic sunroof (not available on Cabriolet), 360° camera and Keyless-Go Comfort package.
The Driving Assistance package costs £1695 and includes Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, BAS Plus with Cross-traffic Assist, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection and Pre-Safe Plus. AMG’s high-performance ceramic braking system can be added for £4285.