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Mercedes announces prices for new C-Class Estate

On sale from September, the estate is the second model to join the latest C-Class line-up after the saloon and offers increased dimensions, including an extra 80mm for the wheelbase with the extra space primarily given to the rear seat passengers.

Boot space is up by 5 litres to 490 litres whilst the maximum load capacity rises 10 litres to 1,510 litres. There’s also now a 40:20:40 split instead of the 60:40 split in the predecessor and the rear-seat backrests can now be unlocked and folded electrically at the push of a button to create an enlarged and level load compartment. To aid practicality, there’s an optional Easy Pack power liftgate and Hands-Free Access system.

Inside, there’s a new, more luxurious interior. Technology highlights include the new touchpad, which uses finger gesture operation for all the head-unit functions, and a head-up display with information on vehicle speed, signed speed limits, navigation instructions and Distronic messages.

Five engine options are offered, with the entry-level unit being the C 200 petrol engine, producing 181bhp and emitting 128g/km and available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Two diesel engines – the 220 BlueTEC and the 250 BlueTEC – produce 168bhp and 201bhp and emit from 108g/km and 117g/km of CO2 respectively. The 220 BlueTEC is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic while the 250 BlueTEC comes with a seven-speed automatic gearbox only.

Two further engines – a C 200 BlueTEC diesel and the C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID – will join the range later in the year.

Three trim level are offered – SE, Sport and AMG Line – with standard equipment including a powered tailgate, roof rails and split folding rear seats. In addition there are four option packages – the Executive Package (£995 and available on the SE) which comprises the Garmin Map Pilot navigation system, heated front seats and chrome (rather than black) roof rails.

The Premium Package adds a panoramic glass sunroof, Keyless-Go, the ambient lighting system and the electric seat memory package. The Premium Plus Package adds the mighty Burmester surround sound system and COMAND Online. The packages cost £1,595 and £2,795 respectively.

Further options include the Driving Assistance Package (£1,495 available on the Sport and AMG Line models) which incorporates the Blind Spot Assist, Distronic Plus, Lane-Keeping Assist and the Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system.

The AirMATIC Agility Package (£895) allows the suspension on the C-Class Estate to self-level and be raised by 25mm when required as well as varying to allow different damping characteristics. The Air-Balance package, meanwhile, allows a fragrance to be diffused around the interior of the car via a small container found in the glovebox.

Prices start at £28,055 for the C 200, rising to £30,565 for the C 220 BlueTEC and £33,220 for the C 250 BlueTEC, marking a £1,200 premium over the saloon.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.