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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate verdict

2021 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Richard Kilpatrick Published: 20 May 2022 Updated: 12 June 2023

Should you buy one?

It’s an immensely practical, rational option, with quality and style that makes it a serious challenger to other premium compact estates. The improved practicality over the Mercedes C-Class saloon car makes it our choice of the two cars, as it retains all that model’s desirability, comfort and technology but in a package that’s far more family friendly and to our eyes, better-looking too.

So yes, you should buy one. Though the BMW 3 Series Touring remains a better bet for keen drivers, while the Audi A4 Avant’s quattro four-wheel drive remains a strong lure for those wary of rear-wheel drive.

Above all, the C-Class feels genuinely premium, both in how it’s finished and styled, and how it behaves on the road. The distinctive interior looks good and works well, the technology is easy to use and effective, and that’s in a package that delivers a refined experience even on the most affordable models.

What we like

Improved practicality over the C-Class saloon is nothing to sniff at, and the Estate retains its sister model’s impressive interior; it feels a cut above similarly-sized family cars, as you would hope of a scaled-down S-Class.

What we don’t like

Passenger space is still a little cramped for adults, you have to have a sporty bodykit and wheels to get the best equipment, and you need to look to Mercedes-AMG for all-wheel drive.

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