MERCEDES-BENZ

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

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2226 g/km

The improved fourth generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate offers subtle exterior revisions and inside, the option of a fully-digital instrument cluster. Plus the driving experience has been enhanced with fresh engine-ware and the optional application of Mercedes' latest autonomous driving technology. As before, there's a practical 490-litre boot.

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The improved Mercedes C-Class Estate smartens up its act. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The improved fourth generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate offers subtle exterior revisions and inside, the option of a fully-digital instrument cluster. Plus the driving experience has been enhanced with fresh engine-ware and the optional application of Mercedes' latest autonomous driving technology. As before, there's a practical 490-litre boot.

Background

At its original launch in 2014, the fourth generation C-Class Estate boasted that it offered the largest boot of any C-Class station wagon yet made. That wasn't saying too much, the 490-litre figure being only 5-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 improved MK4 model provides in spades.

Driving Experience

As you'd expect, the handling of this estate variant is pretty much indistinguishable from the saloon model. The C-Class has for some time been, and will continue to be, a car with a clear focus on comfort and refinement - at least in its mainstream guises anyway. It was the first model in this class to offer the option of air suspension, though most buyers stick with the standard steel springs. As before, across the range there's a standard 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system - and you can add to that with optional 'DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL' adaptive damping. All models come as standard with 9G-Tronic automatic transmssion, which now features nine speeds and buyers certainly aren't short of engine options, with most still likely to want a diesel. There's a base 160hp 1.5-litre unit in the C200d. But most buyers opt for the 2.0-litre 194hp unit on offer in the C220d variant, which offers the option of 4MATIC 4WD. The entry-level petrol unit in the base C180 is a 1.6-litre 156hp powerplant, but ideally you'd stretch to the more modern, much perkier 184hp 1.5-litre engine installed in the C200 which features the brand's latest 'EQ Boost' technology using a 48volt on-board network with a belt-driven starter/alternator. When accelerating, 'EQ Boost' system can assist the engine with an additional 14hp, bridging the brief moment until the turbocharger has built up its full charge pressure. 4MATIC 4WD is optional. Mercedes has also developed a 2.0-litre 258hp version of this petrol engine for the C300 derivative. Beyond that lie only the Mercedes-AMG high performance derivatives. The first of these, the 3.0-litre V6 C43 4MATIC, now puts out 390hp, 23hp more than before. Beyond that lies only the V8 C63 AMG model, with a 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo engine offering either 476 or 510hp.

Design and Build

First the figures. The boot offers 490-litres of capacity with the seats in place and 1,510-litres all-up. Not vast then. Still, that's the same as an Audi A4 Avant, while the BMW 3 Series Touring only adds another 5-litres, so as load luggers, all three are reasonably dismal. The luggage bay measures 950mm in width and the rear seat splits 40:20:40 allowing longer items to be carried with two rear seats in use. A powered tailgate and hands-free access system are both offered as options and you can also spend more on a Cargo Package which includes adjustable rails to separate boot contents and an additional electric rear seat release button. On to the changes made to this revised model. The design of the front and rear lights is defined by clear-lined contours. On both the saloon and the estate, the bumpers have been re-styled both front and rear and the sportier 'AMG Line'-trimmed models get a sleeker front apron and rear diffuser. Inside, the alterations are more obvious, with the introduction - as an option - of the fully digital instrument display already familiar from the brand's E-Class and S-Class models, complete with touch-sensitive steering wheel buttons. This is complemented by now-larger centre console screens that can be either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size, the latter format used for the top 'COMMAND' multi-media set-up that many customers will want.

Market and Model

You're looking at a £1,200 premum to get this estate over the saloon variant. Prices haven't changed too much, as before sitting mainly in the £32,000 to £47,000 bracket. There are three trim levels, 'SE', 'Sport' and 'AMG Line' before you then get into the super-serious Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC and C63 high performance models. As for equipment, well that's more generous than it used to be. Media connectivity will be important to likely customers, so every C-Class comes as standard with an 'Audio 20' multimedia system featuring two USB ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth connection and media interface. Many though will want to upgrade to the 'COMAND Online' system that boasts fast 3D hard-disc navigation and access to a Concierge service that'll connect you through to help with every aspect of your journey. There's now an optional wireless charger and an 'Energizing' comfort control system that links various interior functions to create a series of relaxing themes. Plus there are now two optional audio upgrade choices - a 9-speaker 225-watt set-up and the top Burmester surround sound system. Safety-wise, 'Active Brake Assist' autonomous braking is standard. And there's an optional 'Driving Assistance' package that delivers the 'Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC' system enabling 'level 2' autonomous driving capability.

Cost of Ownership

The new 1.5-litre EQ Boost petrol engine fitted to the base C200 enables a useful improvement in efficiency to be possible, so don't automatically opt for a diesel this time round. It features a clever starter/alternator that during deceleration recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery. For auto models, there's also a gliding mode that operates at cruising speeds, switching the engine off, before seamlessly re-starting it when you brush your foot against the throttle. And a 'recuperative brake with intelligent engine stop' function which also works when the vehicle is coasting. Mercedes says that internal friction is much reduced with this new four cylinder unit. As for the new 2.0-litre diesel engine fitted to the C220d, well it performs to the latest super-stringent Euro 6d-TEMP standard and uses a particularly efficient 'step recess' combustion process - named after the shape of the combustion case in the piston. Internal friction is also reduced here - by around 25% - and the engine's more compact, leading to significant efficiency benefits. What else? Well maintenance costs will be kept down thanks to an ASSYST Plus service indicator on the dash that'll calculates precisely when a dealer visit might be needed. And residual values will be as high if not higher than anything else in the class.

Summary

Although there's a lot to like about this improved MK4 model C-Class Estate, it's still not really a car that will appeal to those with a lot of gear to carry. Seats up in normal family mode, there's a scant 10-litres more space back there than you get with the saloon. So why would you bother? The added practicality does come in handy for those odd occasions when you need to drag some Billy bookcases back from IKEA or such like, but how often will this be? Often enough in, say, three years to justify tying up another £1,200-odd over the saloon? That'll be a decision you need to make. Some may well find the estate's styling a bit more handsome than the saloon's. We've heard a few dissenting opinions regarding the four-door car's CLA-like tapered rear end and the estate is more conventionally proportioned. Still, the opportunity to offer significantly more space than its key rivals has been missed and that would have clearly and objectively differentiated this model. Overall, this C-Class looks a very good car. As an estate, however, we remain to be wholly convinced.

  • Green tinted glass
  • Rear wiper
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Heated windscreen washers
  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
  • Side windows surround in matt black
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake calipers with AMG lettering + perforated brake discs
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Electronic Stability Program with Anti Skid Control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist

  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering and red piping

  • AMG Ride Control sports suspension

  • Reversing camera
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Attention assist
  • Active park assist with parktronic system

  • Remote boot release
  • Easy pack automatic powered tailgate

  • Colour display - 10.25" colour display screen
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)

  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror and driver's exterior mirror

  • Artico upholstered dashboard with red contrast stitching
  • Open pore black ash wood trim

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • 66 litre fuel tank

  • Audio 20 with integrated media interface and bluetooth handsfree function
  • 2 USB ports and one SD card slot centre console
  • Frontbass loudspeakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • SD card slot
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Sports exhaust system
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • AMG body-coloured boot lip spoiler
  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window
  • AMG body styling front apron, rear apron and side skirts
  • AMG radiator grille with 2 louvres in matt iridium silver
  • BITURBO 4MATIC lettering on front wings

  • LED third brake light
  • Multi beam LED headlights
  • LED Indicators
  • LED tail lights
  • Adaptive brake lights

  • Dual zone automatic climate control

  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Load compartment cover
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Leather upholstery
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • 3 spoke flat bottom multi function sports steering wheel in black nappa leather and steering wheel in chrome inserts with leather grip area

  • AMG night package - C Class
  • Seat comfort pack - C Class
  • Stowage pack - C Class
  • Lighting pack - C class
  • Mirror pack - C Class

  • Drivers pelvis airbag
  • Active bonnet
  • Rear seatbelt warning indicator
  • Window airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Child proof door locks
  • Front side airbags
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor

  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Sports seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats

  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Urban guard

  • 9G TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 18" AMG 5 twin spoke aero alloy wheels in tremolite grey

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

  • Noise Level dB(A): 73
  • CO: 0.165
  • HC: 0.017
  • NOx: 0.02
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 226
  • CO2 (g/km): 214
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 88
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 82.1
  • CC: 2996

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 17.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 28.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 16.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 9.9

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 41E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 92
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 390
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Edition
  • Coin Description: 4 Matic
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 287
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6100
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 384
  • Engine Torque - NM: 520
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 390
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.8
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 53

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2020
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1440
  • Length: 4714
  • Width: 1810
  • Wheelbase: 2840

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1760
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2320
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 460
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 560
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1480
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.1

  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter: Included
  • 2 stage speed sensitive sport steering: Included

  • Head up Display: £825

  • Designo metallic paintwork: £895
  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo Magno Paint: £1,795

  • Driving Assistance Package - C Class: £1,695
  • AMG exterior carbon fibre pack 2 - C43/C63 AMG: £1,260

  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685
  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £685
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £685
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo magno - Selenite grey: £1,795
  • Designo metallic - Diamond white: £895
  • Designo metallic - Hyacinth red: £895

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

  • Manually folding towbar: £750

  • Leather - Saddle brown: £0
  • Leather - Cranberry red: £0
  • Leather - Black with red stitching: £0
  • Leather - 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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