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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The C-Class will be cheaper to run than before. Every engine has been tweaked to be greener and more frugal. The C200 CDI is the best example: fuel consumption is up by as much as 6mpg, while emissions are down by 13%. Insurance groups range from 13-17 but Mercedes dealers servicing is notoriously expensive and customer satisfaction isn't as high as it should be according to most surveys.

Emissions are down across the range compared to the previous C-Class estate. The vast majority of models emit less than 225 g/km CO2 and, therefore, fall outside of the highest road tax band. Only the C350 emits more. 95% of the C-Class is recyclable.

Like the previous model, the estate shouldn’t cause its owners any major problems. Only tens of thousands of miles will prove how well-made it really is, but C-Class certainly feels strong. Interior materials are robust and should withstand wear-and-tear.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,238 - £2,078 *
Diesel 131p £916 - £1,610 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
220 CDI 2.2 Diesel,
C220 CDi (2.2) Diesel
114 g/km (Min) £30 - £125
350 Petrol 235 g/km (Max) £555

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £555
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 26 - 42
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.