Mercedes C-Class estate (2014-present)

The Mercedes C-Class estate is a stylish, comfortable family car but its boot could be bigger and its handling more satisfying

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Well equipped
Comfortable
Impressive engines

Weaknesses 

Quickly becomes expensive
Not the largest boot in the class
A little dull to drive
Best finance deal

Mercedes-Benz C Class Diesel Estate (2014-2018) c200d se executive 5dr

Finance price £137 per month

Cash price £10,900

Mercedes-Benz C-Class prices from £10,600   Finance from £137 per month

With their high riding position, versatile interiors and chunky looks, SUVs may be all the rage lately, but there’s still a strong case to be made for the good old estate car. Being lower to the road, estates tend to roll or lean less around corners, they typically use less fuel, accelerate more quickly and are cheaper to buy or finance. They can also be rather stylish thanks to their sleeker shape and they're are just as practical with large boots that can more than triple in size when the back seats are folded - the Mercedes C-Class in estate form fits that bill.

To these virtues it brings an upmarket badge with a feeling of quality to match, lots of kit as standard and the kind of comfortable and relaxing nature you associate with the Mercedes-Benz brand. Granted, it’s not as enjoyable to drive as a BMW 3 Series Touring but Mercedes has clearly chosen to prioritise comfort over sportiness to try to compete against the likes of the VW Passat Estate and Audi A4 Avant. In any case, if you want to go flat out, there are always the extremely powerful Mercedes-AMG versions at the top of the range.

This version of the C-Class estate was launched in 2014 with a choice of just three engines: a 2.0-litre petrol for the C200, a 2.1-litre diesel for the C220 d and a more powerful version of that engine for the 250 d. The 2.1-litre diesels have a reputation for being a little noisy and rough at low speeds. A hybrid petrol badged 300 e and the rapid Mercedes-AMG C63 followed.

A major facelift occured in 2018 and the major beneficiaries were the C-Class’s engines. Out went the 2.1-litre diesels to be replaced by new smoother and more efficient 2.0-litre units - if you're after a diesel, it's worth paying a little more for one of these over the older 2.1-litre cars. A 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol also joined the range and while the 300 e hybrid was dropped, a 300 de diesel-hybrid has since arrived offering strong performance, good economy and low emissions.

Already long, low and sleek, post-2018 C-Class Estate models gained reprofiled and more sharper-looking bumpers with extra chrome highlights, while AMG Line versions gained a sporty-looking diamond-shaped grille insert. There was also a new powered tailgate introduced across the range.

Likewise, the interior was already one of the most stylish in the class and very similar to one found in the top-of-the range S-Class. All models have a tablet-style display, circular, chrome ringed vent nozzles and lashings of brushed steel. The media system can be operated using a conveniently placed wheel on the centre console.

Occupants in the front of the car can easily get comfortable thanks to a good range of seat adjustment but so, too, can those in the rear where there’s plenty of head and legroom. The panoramic glass roof in the Premium Plus package makes it all feel even more special. The boot is not the biggest, both the 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 have larger boots, but we’re talking a difference of only a few litres of space and taking the model’s other attributes into account the C-Class estate still adds up to a well-balanced and attractive car.

Last Updated 

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 12:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years
Boot size: 
440 litres
Width: 
1810mm
Length: 
4686mm
Height: 
1457mm
Tax (min to max): 
£10-£1815 in the first year; £145 to £465 from the second year.

Best Mercedes-Benz C Class for... 

Mercedes C200 d SE
Cheaper and probably just as economical in the real world, this version is a much better buy than the 300 de diesel-hybrid.
Mercedes C220 d SE auto
This version is the most rounded C-class estate: comfortable, well equipped, economical and reasonably priced.
Mercedes-AMG C63 S
Without doubt, this is the fastest and sportiest C-class estate. However, if it’s too extreme and expensive, the C300 d AMG Line is a great alternative being almost as sporty looking and quick but economical with it.
Mercedes C200 4Matic
The 1.5-litre petrol engine in the C200 is reasonably powerful but the extra weight and drag of the 4Matic four-wheel drive system takes the edge off its performance, as well increasing the car’s price. It seems unnecessary at this level in the range.

 

  • 2014 Model launched with C63 AMG state following a few months later. Beware early models which lacked sat nav

  • 2014 Recall announced for a steering system check.

  • 2017 C350e petrol-hybrid launched with claimed 134.5mpg potential.

  • 2018 Facelifted C-class launched. Includes new 300 de hybrid but promised new 300 e hybrid doesn't materialise

  • 2019 New WLTP economy figures released  

Understanding Mercedes-Benz C Class car names 

  • C Class
  • 200 d
    Engine
  • 4MATIC
    Drive
  • 9G-Tronic Plus
    Gearbox
  • AMG Line Edition
    Trim
  • 200 d
    Mercedes’ badging bears little resemblance to the actual size of the engine, For example, here, 200 refers to a 1.6-litre engine and not a 2.0 litre as you might expect. The ‘d’ tells you it’s a diesel.
  • 4MATIC
    Some versions have Mercedes’ 4Matic four-wheel drive system; otherwise, the car is rear-wheel drive as standard.
  • 9G-Tronic Plus
    A few versions have a six-speed manual gearbox but most have Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic gearbox.
  • AMG Line Edition
    The basic trim is SE but higher up the range you’ll find trims like this one. It’s available with all engines and transmissions, bar the AMG models.

Mercedes-Benz C Class Engines 

Petrol: 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 Diesel: 1.6, 2.0 (194hp and 245hp) Hybrid 2.0

Whether diesel or petrol, the engines that power the C-class estate are all powerful, with no version taking more than 8.7 seconds to accelerate from 0-62mph. Under the new, tougher WLTP economy cycle the most frugal diesel, the 1.6, returns up to 57.7mpg but none dips below 41.5mpg. Naturally, the petrols are not so frugal but even so, the 1.6 can claim up to 42.2mpg The worst in this respect are the powerful AMG models, which return as little as 25.5mpg.

The point is, if economy is important to you, choose one of the diesels. The most rounded from an economy, price and performance point of view is the 194hp 2.0 litre in the C220 d.

Among the petrol engines is the 1.5 in the C200. It doesn’t sound very big but it’s a modern and efficient engine whose power is supplemented to the tune of 13hp by a mild hybrid system called EQ Boost.

An interesting engine is the 300 de, a hybrid that combines a diesel engine with an electric motor. The result is a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions, greater fuel economy (although nothing like the claimed figure in real-world motoring) and a boost in performance. However, it’s expensive and aimed primarily at business users wishing to reduce their tax bill. For all other users, the C220 d or more powerful C300 d are a better choice. 

Note that the 4Matic four-wheel drive system imposes a slight economy penalty but the pay-off is greater security in the wet and when cornering. 

The two high-performance AMG models are aimed squarely at petrolheads. If you have to ask about their economy and road tax, you probably can't afford one. 

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration

Top speed

1.5

Petrol

34.5-39.8mpg

184hp

0-62mph: 7.9-8.4s

143-146mph

1.6

Petrol

35.3-42.2mpg

156hp

0-62mph: 8.4-8.8s

137-139mph

2.0

Petrol

38.7mpg

258hp

0-62mph: 6.0s

155mph

3.0

Petrol

28.8mpg

390hp

0-62mph: 4.8s

155mph

4.0

Petrol

25.5.mpg 

476bhp

0-62mph: 4.2s

155mph

1.6

Diesel

47.1-57.7mpg

160hp

0-62mph: 8.2-8.7s

137mph

2.0

Diesel

41.5-52.3mpg

194hp

0-62mph: 7.0-7.4s

142-145mph

2.0

Diesel

41.5-47.9mpg

245hp

0-62mph: 6.0s

155mph

2.0

Diesel-hybrid

217.3mpg

306hp

5.7s

155mph

Mercedes-Benz C Class Trims 

SE, Sport Edition, Sport Edition Premium, Sport Edition Premium Plus, AMG Line Edition, AMG Line Edition Premium, AMG Line Edition Premium Plus 

Excluding the AMG models there are potentially no less than seven trims to choose from, although not all are available with every engine and drivetrain. SE, the entry-level trim, opens the batting with 17-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera, Dynamic Select offering five driving modes, artificial leather trim and piano black interior trim. It also has a sat nav, a 10.3-inch colour display and a digital radio plus comprehensive phone connectivity.

For £1,650 more, Sport Edition, the next trim, adds larger alloy wheels, sports seats trimmed in leather, lowered comfort suspension and LED headlights.

AMG Line Edition sits at the heart of the trim range and is available on all versions of the C-class estate. Inspired by the sporty AMG models it features a bodykit, AMG wheels and pedals, sports steering, braking and suspension, a larger 12.3-inch display. It costs £1,495 more than Sport Edition and is our pick. 

Depending on the trim, the Premium and Premium Plus upgrades range in price from £1,995 to £4,195 and bring extra kit including a larger display screen where required, wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof and an upgraded sound system.

Mercedes-Benz C Class Reliability and warranty 

The C-class estate has a three-year warranty from new with no mileage cap. Rivals BMW and Audi offer the same length of cover but Audi caps the mileage at 60,000.

To be fair to Audi, that’s more than enough for most business users and those financing their car on a lease agreement with restricted mileage but if you are a high-mileage driver, the C-class’s cover (or BMW’s on a 3 Series Touring) is better.

In the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power survey of owner satisfaction, the C-class ranked 43rd but in 2019 it had fallen to 74th place, one place lower than the Audi A4. The BMW 3 Series didn't feature. This result is not necessarily an indication of the model’s poor reliability, although that aspect of ownership forms a key part of the survey, and nor does the ranking distinguish between salon and estate models. 

Used Mercedes-Benz C Class 

Big new car discounts and sales incentives help drive down the values of used C-class estates, making them relative bargains. For example, as this was written BuyaCar was showing a 2016 (16) C220 d AMG Line auto estate with 45,000 miles for £18,980 or less than half the price of a new one today, albeit the latest facelifted version with a little more equipment.  

There are currently 313 Mercedes C-Class estates available on BuyaCar, with prices ranging from £10,600 to £36,995 for nearly-new models.

The car is particularly affordable on finance, thanks to that high level of demand, which ensures that it retains its value well. Monthly finance payments start from £137 per month.

It’s still expensive compared with more mainstream estates but that’s the price of the C-class’s strong image, premium quality and good equipment level. As the car ages, these qualities will shine through even more brightly, ensuring that it always commands a premium.

Mercedes-Benz C Class Prices

Mercedes-Benz C Class AMG Line Edition

c200 amg line edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,832

You could save up to: £8778

c220d amg line edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,411

You could save up to: £9104

c300 amg line edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,628

You could save up to: £9137

c300d 4matic amg line edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,046

You could save up to: £9449

c300d amg line edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,654

You could save up to: £9241

c300de amg line edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy 176.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,491

You could save up to: £7219

c300e amg line edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy 166.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,624

You could save up to: £6940

Mercedes-Benz C Class AMG Line Night Edition

c200 amg line night ed premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,182

You could save up to: £9428

c200 amg line night edition premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,007

You could save up to: £9103

c220d amg line night ed premium + 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,761

You could save up to: £9754

c220d amg line night edition premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,586

You could save up to: £9429

c300 amg line night ed premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,303

You could save up to: £9787

c300 amg line night edition premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,128

You could save up to: £9462

c300d 4matic amg line night ed prem 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,221

You could save up to: £9774

c300d 4matic amg line night ed prem+ 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £39,396

You could save up to: £10099

c300d amg line night ed premium + 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,608

You could save up to: £9982

c300d amg line night edition premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,829

You could save up to: £9566

c300de amg line night ed premium + 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £43,620

You could save up to: £7985

c300de amg line night ed premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,445

You could save up to: £7660

c300e amg line night ed premium plus 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy 141.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £40,974

You could save up to: £7590

c300e amg line night edition premium 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy 141.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £39,578

You could save up to: £7381

Mercedes-Benz C Class Sport Edition

c200 sport edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,531

You could save up to: £8584

c220d sport edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,110

You could save up to: £8910

c300de sport edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,190

You could save up to: £7025

c300e sport edition 5dr 9g-tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy 166.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,323

You could save up to: £6746

Other Editions