The new Mercedes C-class Estate will go on sale in September 2014, priced from £28,055 for the 184bhp 2.0-litre C200 petrol. Available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox, the C200 is capable of 51.4mpg and produces 128g/km CO2.
Will the 2014 C-class Estate get diesel engines?
Diesel is massively important in the hard-fought executive wagon sector and the 2014 Mercedes C-class Estate comes with a choice of two 2.1-litre BlueTEC engines to begin with.
The 170bhp 220 BlueTEC is the most frugal, offering 65.7mpg and 108g/km CO2, while the 204bhp 250 BlueTEC manages 62.6mpg and 117g/km.
Like the petrol, the C220 is available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed auto transmissions, but the C250 makes do with only the automatic transmission.
Prices for the diesel C-class Estates start at £30,565 and £33,220, respectively, and they will be joined by a smaller C200 BlueTEC and a C300 BlueTEC Hybrid later in 2014.
Mercedes C-class Estate vs BMW 3-series Touring vs Audi A4: the price war
The new C-class wagon is priced above the competition, judged on the current entry-level models:
Audi A4 1.8 TFSI SE 120 Avant £25,685, 118bhp 1.8-litre petrol
BMW 316 ES 136 Touring £24,870, 136bhp 1.6-litre petrol
Mercedes C200 SE Estate £28,055, 184bhp 2.0-litre petrol
Mercedes will launch further, small-capacity, cheaper models after the first launch phase.
What about options on the new Mercedes C-class Estate?
Each car is available in a choice of three trim levels: SE, Sport and AMG Line with option packages available for each. The £995 Executive package, available on the SE only, adds Garmin sat-nav, heated front seats and chrome roof-rails.
Premium costs £1595 and comes with a panoramic sunroof, Keyless-Go, electric memory seats and ambient lighting, while opting for Premium Plus gets you Burmester surround sound and Comand online system for an additional £1200.
Driving Assist is a £1495 option on SE and AMG and includes systems like blind-spot and lane-keeping assist.
Finally, the £895 Airmatic Agility Package comes with self-levelling suspension that can also be raised by 25mm if needed.
Read our first drive review of the Mercedes C-class saloon here.