Car News 24 Feb 2016

Mercedes-Benz: More Practicality for More Money

Mercedes-Benz: More Practicality for More Money

Due to arrive in September, the price of the new Mercedes-Benz C Class Estate has been revealed to be £1,200 more than the saloon with prices starting from £28,055. The new Estate offers more luxury, space and practicality than the current model, which is represented by the increase in price.

The Estate will be offered with three engines and three trim levels from its launch in September and this will be reflected in the price, with the range topping model costing £33,220. The engines will be taken from the smaller saloon and will consist of the following; a petrol 182bhp 4 cylinder C200 for £28,055, a diesel C220 BlueTEC for £30,565 and a C250 BlueTEC for £33,220. These are to be offered with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. Later on in the year, two further engine models are expected to join this line up.

The trim specifications available will be an SE, Sport and AMG line. There will be a standard kit offered across the range, with an optional four packages to upgrade to. For an additional £995, the Executive Package can be purchased which adds SatNav, heated front seats and a chrome roof rail. A level up from this is the Premium Package, which adds a Burmester sound system, panoramic roof, keyless go, ambient lighting and electric memory seats. For a further £895, the AirMatic Agility Package can be selected, which allows the Estate to self-level and be raised by an additional 25mm.

The Estate has retained its head-turning appearance; however it is 96mm longer than the current model, now measuring in at 4702mm. The wheelbase has also been increased by an additional 80mm. This, combined with the 40mm increase in the models width, has led to an extra 45mm of legroom, as well as more shoulder, elbow and headroom. The load capacity has also been improved and now offers 490 litres of storage with the seats up, or 1510 litres with them down. To improve the practicality of this storage, the rear seats are now offered with a 40/20/40 split, instead of the current 40/60. A good effort by Mercedes-Benz to offer customers more luxury, whilst improving the practicality for a just a little extra on the price tag!

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