Mercedes-Benz has extended its C-Class model offering with the arrival here of the new C-Class Estate.
Technically similar to the saloon version, with the same level of specifications and options, the new C-Class Estate is larger all round with an 80mm longer wheelbase (2840mm) within a body 96mm longer (4702mm) and 40mm wider (1810mm) than previously.
This increase in space benefits rear-seat passengers particularly, giving 45mm more legroom and more shoulder, elbow and headroom than before. Load compartment capacity of 1510 litres is 10 litres larger with load volume behind the rear seats increased by five litres to 490 litres.
Rear seats now have a 40:20:40 split instead of the previous 60:40 arrangement – allowing the interior to be configured as a five, four, three or two-seater layout.
Rear-seat backrests can be unlocked and folded electrically at the push of a button to create an enlarged, level, more versatile and easier to use load compartment. Optional, is a power liftgate and hands free access system that allows it to be opened and closed by a simple foot motion without touching.
The range comprises five diesel and four petrol versions. Diesel models (all with BlueTEC) begin with a C180 driven by a 1598cc, 116bhp engine with Band A4 road tax of €200pa and a price tag of €39,860 (ex works).
Petrol versions begin with a 1595cc, 156bhp C180 with B1 road tax of €270 and a price of €39,450. Included in the rage is a C300 Hybrid diesel with Band A2 road tax of €180pa and a price of €51,120. Coming in March 2015 is a C63 AMG diesel version launching at €98.225.
Commenting, Mercedes-Benz sales manager Ciaran Allen said ‘despite the fact that estate car sales are never as high here as in other countries, with its attractive new looks, higher specifications and more generous interior space, we expect the new C-Class Estate to capitalise on the popularity of the C-Class Saloon and lift our sales figures in this segment.’