MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS AMG ESTATE C43 4Matic Premium 5dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2205 g/km

The fifth generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate offers a smarter exterior, a very different cabin and a bit more space out back. This car fully embraces various forms of engine electrification, offers the optional application of Mercedes' latest autonomous driving technology and brings more than a dash of S-Class luxury to this important segment.

ESTATE OF MIND

Mercedes' fifth generation C-Class Estate looks a more complete package, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Review

The fifth generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate offers a smarter exterior, a very different cabin and a bit more space out back. This car fully embraces various forms of engine electrification, offers the optional application of Mercedes' latest autonomous driving technology and brings more than a dash of S-Class luxury to this important segment.

Background

The fifth generation C-Class Estate offers the largest boot of any C-Class station wagon yet made. That isn't saying too much, the 490-litre figure being only 30-litres bigger than the previous generation model and still well inferior to apparently smaller, humbler station wagons. Still, buyers in this segment don't usually come looking for ultimate capacity. They want sophistication and class - which this latest generation MK5 model provides in spades. What's on offer here is a sharper drive to temp BMW folk; and a big enough step forward in technology and efficiency to make a potential Audi customer think again. We've heard this before down the decades of course, particularly with this MK5 model's 'W205'-series predecessor, launched in 2014. But there are strong grounds for Mercedes' claims for conquest business this time round. Under the skin, many aspects of its updated 'MRA' ('Mercedes Rear Architecture') platform are shared with the latest S-Class - as is much else. The aim is to redefine what 'luxury' means in the premium badged part of the mid-sized estate segment. Sounds promising. Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

There's quite a change here. This latest C-Class Estate is powered only by electrified four cylinder powerplants - yes, right up to the top C 63 AMG variant. The mainstream engines have mild hybrid tech, with pricier plug-in options if you want them. The core petrol models are the C180 and the C200, which share a 1.5-litre unit offering, respectively, either 170 or 204hp. Next up is the 2.0-litre C300 with 258hp. Mercedes hasn't abandoned diesel either. There are three options, all of which use a revised 2.0-litre unit, which now gets an extra 42cc of capacity. The base C200d gets 163hp, the mid-range C220d has 200hp and the top C300d has 265hp. All C-Class models have to be had with 9-speed automatic transmission. And the C200, the C300 and the C220d can all be optioned with a revised and more efficient version of Mercedes' '4MATIC' 4WD system, which can now send a greater proportion of power to the front axle. We mentioned plug-in options, said by Mercedes to be 'significantly more electric' - and so it proves. Courtesy of a much larger 25kWh battery pack beneath the boot floor, the C300e petrol PHEV manages between 34 and 62 miles of all-electric driving range. It's also pretty quick, courtesy of a combined 304hp output and can drive in all-electric mode at up to 87mph. All PHEV C-Class Estates get air suspension as standard. For those who don't care much about plug-in electrification, Mercedes has engineered the usual flagship high performance AMG models to complete the range.

Design and Build

This fifth generation C-Class Estate is 49mm longer than its predecessor, 10mm wider and sits 7mm lower. That extra length has been put to good use, giving the car a luggage are of 490-litres, 30-litres for than the previous generation model could offer. There's 1,510-litres of space with everything folded. The C-Class saloon, by the way, has a 455-litre boot. Another practical improvement for this estate variant includes the way that the height of the load compartment under the retractable cover has, like the the load compartment length, been increased compared to the preceding model. The loading sill is slightly lower too. The Estate model features the EASY-PACK powered tailgate as standard. The rear seat backrest of the Estate model has a 40:20:40 folding split. Operation is by two push buttons on the left and right side of the rear seat backrest. The retractable luggage cover and dividing net have a two-piece design for the first time. Each has its own roller cassette and the reduced weight of the individual cassettes makes operation easier. Otherwise of course, everything's just as with the saloon body style. Which means you now get more 'E-Class'-like styling and an 'S-Class'-like interior, with a huge portrait-style touchscreen dominating the centre stack. Space in the rear is slightly improved by the 25mm wheelbase length increase, but it's still comfortable for two but a squash for three.

Market and Model

Prices are much as with the previous generation model, which means you can expect to pay somewhere in the £37,000 and £50,000 bracket for most mainstream models, depending on the engine and trim level you want. A key option for Estate model customers will be the optional Load Compartment Comfort Package, which includes an electric folding rear bench, operated by switches in the left and right sidewalls of the load compartment. Lots of tempting technology is available to persuade you to spend more. We particularly like the 'Augmented Video' system. Here, a camera registers the surroundings in front of the vehicle and the moving images are shown on the central display, with virtual objects, information and markers superimposed on the video image. These include traffic signs, directional arrows, lane-change recommendations and house numbers. This can make navigation much easier, especially in urban areas. Air suspension and a head-up display can be ordered as options. And you might also want to consider optional rear-axle steering and the accompanying, more direct steering ratio at the front axle which reduces the turning circle by 43 centimetres to 10.64 metres. With rear-axle steering fitted, at lower speeds, the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction to the front wheels - by up to 2.5-degrees opposite to the front-axle angle during parking. Go faster and the rear wheels turn slightly in the same direction as those at the front to improve corner turn-in.

Cost of Ownership

Apparently, the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team worked with the C-Class development engineers to create a new turbocharger that gives these latest mild hybrid engines better efficiency - and the official readings seem to bear that out. Let's get to the WLTP-rated figures, starting with the petrol mild hybrid models. The 1.5-litre C180 and C200 variants both return the same figures - 37.9mpg on the combined cycle and 141g/km of CO2. For the C200 4MATIC, the figures are 35.6mpg and 151g/km of CO2, which is pretty much what you also get from the 2.0-litre C300. The C300 4MATIC manages 33.6mpg and 160g/km. As for the mild hybrid diesels, well the likely best selling variant, the C220d, manages 48.0mpg on the combined cycle and 130g/km of CO2. The C300d manages 47.0mpg and 131g/km of CO2. Increasingly though, diesel drivers will be moving towards the various Plug-in options available. The C300e petrol PHEV manages al all-electric driving range of between 34 and 62 miles and can be charged in 30 minutes with a 55kW fast charger (an 11kW device is fitted as standard). The latest plug-in 'C' models also benefit from an adjustable energy recuperation system that can top up the battery at up to 100kW when cruising or decelerating. Mercedes has also added in a hybrid-specific route-planning function that uses the navigation, route topography and traffic data to work out the most efficient route, enabling, for instance, automatic prioritisation of the electric motor in town driving.

Summary

There's the potential for quite a shift here in the segment hierarchy for mid-sized premium badged estates. To be frank, in its previous guises, the C-Class Estate was a car you usually chose more because it was a Mercedes than because it was intrinsically better than its Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring arch-rivals. But this fifth generation station wagon 'C' could potentially tempt you on grounds other than mere badge equity. It now has a bigger boot. And the segment's classiest and most sophisticated cabin. We also think it has the best interior media set-up. And when it comes to issues of ride and refinement - the things that really matter to potential business customers - there's the potential for class-leading drive dynamics too. The other thing that really matters to those customers is running cost efficiency; well, this Mercedes is class-leading there too. If you're in the market for a car of this kind, that all makes this 'C' a compelling proposition. It'll be interesting to see how BMW and Audi fight back.

  • Green tinted glass
  • Rear wiper
  • Privacy glass
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation

  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Adaptive brake system with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated front brake discs
  • Larger brake discs on front axle
  • Sports braking system with perforated front disc brakes

  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering

  • Agility control sports suspension with adaptive damping system

  • E-call
  • Wireless charging system for mobile devices

  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist
  • Active blind spot assist
  • Rear axle steering
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
  • Sports direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual)
  • Active brake assist plus

  • Extended MBUX functions
  • Easy pack automatic powered tailgate
  • Fluorescent jacket for driver
  • Remote boot release

  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • Smartphone integration
  • 11.9" high resolution multimedia colour display
  • Finger print sensor
  • Pre-installation for digital key transfer
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • MBUX navigation premium
  • MBUX voice control activated by keywords ''Hey Mercedes''

  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Body coloured door mirrors

  • Artico man-made leather dashboard with contrast stitching
  • Centre console trim in anthracite line structure lime wood

  • Sporty engine sound system
  • 66l fuel tank with increased capacity
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Multifunction steering wheel with audio and onboard settings control

  • Radiator diamond grille with integrated Mercedes Benz star and louvre silver with chrome pins
  • Rear side wing doors
  • AMG side skirts in vehicle colour
  • Powerdomes on bonnet
  • B-pillar trim in glossy black
  • AMG front bumper with sporty air intakes and chrome elements
  • AMG rear bumper with high gloss chrome elements
  • Two visible exhaust pipes integrated into rear bumper
  • Chrome beltline trim
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • AMG body styling front apron, rear apron and side skirts
  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window

  • LED third brake light
  • Adaptive high beam assist plus
  • LED Indicators
  • LED tail lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Digital light LED headlamps

  • THERMATIC 2 zone automatic climate control

  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Black roof liner
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Load compartment cover
  • Double cupholder in centre console
  • AMG Leather upholstery
  • 3 spoke flattened bottom AMG multifunction steering wheel in black nappa leather with chrome inserts and perforated leather in grip area
  • Black air vents with silver chrome elements
  • Door trim elements high gloss black with silver chrome surroundings and switches
  • Illuminated door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Overhead control unit in high gloss black
  • Electrically height/reach adjustable steering column

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting

  • Stowage space pack - C Class
  • Mirror pack - C Class
  • Seat comfort pack - C Class
  • Parking package with 360 degree camera - C Class
  • Interior lighting package - C Class
  • Memory package - C Class
  • USB package - C Class

  • Front centre airbag between driver and front passenger seats
  • Rear passenger airbag
  • Drivers pelvis airbag
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Child proof door locks
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Front side airbags
  • Rear seatbelt warning indicator
  • Window airbags
  • Dual stage driver/passenger airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Drivers knee airbag

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear bench seat
  • AMG sports seats
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Folding rear seat backrest
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Keyless Go comfort access
  • Urban guard vehicle protection - Thatcham Category 1 consisting of breakin, anti-theft alarm system (ATA), interior monitoring and tow away protection
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key

  • 9G TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres

  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels in titanium grey with high sheen finish

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.203
  • HC: 0.023
  • NOx: 0.012
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 205

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 1991

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 20.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 20.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 20.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 31.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 13.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 13.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 13.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 9

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 408
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Premium
  • Coin Description: 4Matic
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 300
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
  • Engine Torque - NM: 500
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 408
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.7
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 51.0

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2033
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1466
  • Length: 4791
  • Width: 1824
  • Wheelbase: 2865

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1885
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2400
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 515
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.98

  • Metallic paint: £715
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Manufaktur metallic paint: £925
  • Manufaktur magno paint: £1,825

  • Metallic - Graphite grey: £715
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £715
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £715
  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £715
  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £715
  • Metallic - High tech silver: £715
  • Metallic - Spectral blue: £715

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Manufaktur metallic - Opalite white bright: £925
  • Manufaktur magno - Selenite grey: £1,825
  • Manufaktur metallic - Hyacinth red: £925

  • Black seat belts: £0
  • Red seat belts: Included

  • AMG Leather - Black with red contrast stitching: £0
  • AMG Leather - Power red/black: £0
  • AMG Leather - Sienna brown/black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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