Mercedes-Benz C-class C250 Bluetec estate first drive review

Mercedes-Benz C-class C250 estate first drive review

As complete and competitive as any compact exec estate, and typically laid-back to drive, but no dynamic exemplar

The Mercedes-Benz C-class estate – which so far hasn’t proved one of those added-practicality German execs that rivals its saloon sibling for popularity.Only 20 per cent of UK sales of the outgoing C-class consisted of wagons, compared to almost double that proportion for the Audi A4 Avant.But that balance may shift a little in favour of the estate with this ‘W205’ model generation Mercedes. There’s not only more cargo space on offer this time – 490 litres going on 1510 with the seats down, the latter a segment-best – but also now three-way 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats and optional self-leveling air suspension. The latter is sure to go down well with the towing fraternity.The engine range mimics that of the recently launched saloon, with 168bhp C220 and 201bhp C250 Bluetec diesels available from launch in September, as well as a 181bhp C200 petrol.Shortly after launch a more economical C200 Bluetec diesel will join the range, as well as a diesel-electric C300 Bluetec Hybrid. There will be no six-cylinder turbodiesel this time around, however – and the C400 V6 petrol offered in other markets won’t make it to the UK either.

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