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MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS ESTATE SPECIAL EDITIONS

C200 AMG Line Night Ed Premium Plus 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
Emissions176.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed146mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Active park assist with parktronic system
  • Analogue clock
  • Attention assist
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Colour display - 10.25" colour display screen
  • Comand Online HDD Nav with media interface, linguatronic voice control, 2 USB port and one SD card slot in centre console
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Easy pack automatic powered tailgate
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Remote boot release
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Sports direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers and a 9 channel amplifier with total output of 590 watts
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG body styling front apron, rear apron and side skirts
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror and driver's exterior mirror
  • Chrome pins diamond radiator grille with integrated stars
  • Electric front sliding and fixed rear panoramic glass sunroof
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Green tinted glass
  • Heated windscreen washers
  • High gloss black exterior mirror housing
  • High gloss black rear bumper insert
  • LED Indicators
  • LED tail lights
  • LED third brake light
  • Multi beam LED headlights
  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • Side windows surround in polished aluminium
  • Twin tailpipe design integrated into rear bumper

Interior Features

  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • 3 spoke flat bottom AMG steering wheel in nappa leather with chrome inserts perforated leather grip
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • AMG sports seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Leather upholstery
  • Load compartment cover
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Packs

  • Keyless go comfort package - C Class
  • Lighting pack - C class
  • Memory pack with Electric adjustable steering wheel - C Class
  • Mirror pack - C Class
  • Night package - C Class estate
  • Seat comfort pack - C Class
  • Stowage pack - C Class

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Black seat belts
  • Child proof door locks
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Drivers pelvis airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear seatbelt warning indicator
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

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

Technical

  • 66 litre fuel tank
  • Agility control sports suspension lowered by 15 mm
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

Trim

  • Artico man-made leather dashboard with contrast stitching
  • Open pore black ash wood trim

Wheels

  • 19" AMG multi spoke design alloy wheels painted black
  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    151
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    176

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1497
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    80.4
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    73.7
  • 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
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    11.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    37.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    184
  • Based On ID
    89844
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Nt Ed Prem+
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    34E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    92
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    84
  • 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
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    184
  • Engine Power - KW
    135
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    207
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    28.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    280
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3000
  • Top Speed
    146

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
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    AMG MULTI SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1457
  • Length
    4702
  • Wheelbase
    2840
  • Width
    1810
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2020

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2155
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1460
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    440
  • Max. Loading Weight
    590
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1565
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.2
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"2 months ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"4 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"5 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"a month ago"

Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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