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MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS ESTATE

C200 AMG Line Premium 5dr 9G-Tronic

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

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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions157.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed149mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 11.9" high resolution multimedia colour display
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • Active blind spot assist
  • Active brake assist with turning manoeuvre function
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Easy pack automatic powered tailgate
  • Extended MBUX functions
  • Finger print sensor
  • Fluorescent jacket for driver
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • MBUX navigation premium
  • MBUX voice control activated by keywords ''Hey Mercedes''
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Pre-installation for digital key transfer
  • Remote boot release
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration
  • Sports direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 66l fuel tank with increased capacity
  • 9G TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Sports suspension with selective damping system and lowered by 15 mm
  • Sporty engine sound system

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Adaptive high beam assist plus
  • AMG body styling front apron, rear apron and side skirts
  • AMG front bumper with sporty air intakes and chrome elements
  • AMG rear bumper with high gloss chrome elements
  • AMG side skirts in vehicle colour
  • B-pillar trim in glossy black
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Chrome beltline trim
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Digital light headlamps
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Green tinted glass
  • LED Indicators
  • LED tail lights
  • LED third brake light
  • Powerdomes on bonnet
  • Privacy glass
  • Radiator grille with Mercedes Benz pattern, integral Mercedes star and louvre in matte iridium silver with chrome inserts
  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Two visible exhaust pipes integrated into rear bumper

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke flattened bottom AMG multifunction steering wheel in black nappa leather with chrome inserts and perforated leather in grip area
  • AMG floor mats
  • AMG sports seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Black air vents with silver chrome elements
  • Black roof liner
  • Centre console trim in metal weave
  • Door trim elements high gloss black with silver chrome surroundings and switches
  • Double cupholder in centre console
  • Electrically height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Folding rear seat backrest
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Leather upholstery
  • Load compartment cover with Easy pack safety net
  • Overhead control unit in high gloss black
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • THERMATIC 2 zone automatic climate control

Packs

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

Passive Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Adaptive brake system with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Black seat belts
  • Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated front brake discs
  • Child proof door locks
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Drivers pelvis airbag
  • Dual stage driver/passenger airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Front centre airbag between driver and front passenger seats
  • Front passenger and rear passenger airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Larger brake discs on front axle
  • Rear seatbelt warning indicator
  • Sports braking system with perforated front disc brakes
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • 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

Trim

  • Artico man-made leather dashboard with contrast stitching

Wheels

  • 19" AMG multi spoke design alloy wheels painted in himalayas grey with high sheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.139
  • HC
    0.012
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    70
  • NOx
    0.019
  • Particles
    0
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    157

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1496
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    78
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    78.3
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    6.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    41.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Premium
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    40P
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    221
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    30.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    300
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1800
  • Top Speed
    149

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    MULTI SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1454
  • Length
    4751
  • Wheelbase
    2865
  • Width
    1820
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2033

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2325
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1510
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    490
  • Max. Loading Weight
    615
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1710
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.07
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Customer Reviews

   
Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"3 weeks ago"

Karen Elizabeth James

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