Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (1996 - 2001) Review

Review by Parkers on
4
This excellent compact executive estate makes an fine introduction to Mercedes ownership and is a faithful family workhorse. Those high standards of engineering, finish and driver satisfaction don't come cheaply.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (96-01)
Prestige; quality; V6 engines; slow depreciation
Audi A4 makes C-Class look expensive

New price range:

£21,650 - £48,850

Used price range:

£223 - £1,880

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

This excellent compact executive estate makes an fine introduction to Mercedes ownership and is a faithful family workhorse. Those high standards of engineering, finish and driver satisfaction don't come cheaply. C-Class may have become realively common, but the Estate is more sought after and there are fewer on the market so prices remain stronger than for the Saloon.

Bought as much for its prestigeous image as for its practicality there are bigger estate about but few feel as special.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

1.5 out of 5

Reliability

5 out of 5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Size, load carrying capacity, smoothness of drive, mpg.  

5 out of 5

Jeremy Woodcock ,   30 Oct 2013    ... read more

 Fuel consumption and road holding. If I take a corner at speed I know the car will go where steared and will hug the road. It is extremely inspiring and gives me great confidence.  

5 out of 5

William White ,   31 Jul 2013    ... read more

 The space and the fact that is easy to drive. The switchable auto transmission is great and when you need it tiptronic makes passing really quick and easy.  

4 out of 5

Robin Mead ,   15 Feb 2011    ... read more

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