2018 Mercedes C300 Wagon

The basics:
Base price: $46,000 CAD
As tested: $57,865 (Premium package, Premium plus package, heated steering wheel, Satellite radio, open pore wood trim and Burmester sound system)
Fuel economy over a week of driving: 10.1 L/100 kms (23 US MPG
Competitors: Audi Allroad, BMW 3-series wagon, Volvo V60, etc.

It’s baaaack! Well, in Canada anyway. Yes, after a thirteen year hiatus, Mercedes is bringing back the C-series wagon to buyers here on the other side of the pond. But if you’re reading this in America, don’t get too excited. Mercedes sees far more interest in wagons and hatches here in Canada than in the U.S. so it will not be offered stateside. Now, I love wagons for their fun-to-drive factor coupled with far more utility than a sedan so let’s see if the new C-Class should have SUVs quivering in their boots. Check out our full video above for all the details!

Pros:
– She looks good, doesn’t she?! Both inside and out, Mercedes has managed to find a perfect balance between timeless style and modern flare
– Standard equipment now includes a 4 cylinder turbo egine, all wheel drive, leather, a standard suite of safety features like active brake assist and blind spot monitoring, adaptive suspension and five different driving modes that you can scroll through depending on your mood
– This small 2-litre engine is the only choice you have for this car and is far more grin-inspiring than expected. It puts out 241 horsepower and manages to feel very peppy in all but the eco mode function
–┬áThe 9 speed automatic transmission is buttery smooth and shifts went almost entirely unnoticed all week – but paddle shifters do come standard for those days when you want to let loose a bit, too
– The standard 4Matic all wheel drive is also very capable on the snowy, icy roads we’ve been dealing with lately here in Calgary
– Fit and finish is in the interior is top notch with nary a cheap surface to run your hand over

– Seat comfort is also firm but supportive for long haul driving (although ventilated seats are not an option regardless of the package you choose)
Cons:
– While there really is only one trim in this car, there are a lot of things you can add on as well. You need to get the $5000 premium package to get things like a power tailgate, keyless entry, or a panorama sun roof.┬áThen it’s another $2,300 for the Premium Plus package to get integrated garage door openers or radar park assist. A heated steering wheel is $250, so is the open pore wood inlay. Even satellite radio is a $475 option. Given the luxury market that this car is competing in, many of these features seem like they should come standard
– I do find the ride a little harsh – which probably largely in part to the run flat, lower profile performance tires. But the payoff for this slightly harsh ride is a car that handles exceptionally well
– Fuel economy was thirstier than we’re seeing out of many other turbocharged 4-cylinders these days and came in at 10.1 L/100 kms (23 US MPG) following a week of mostly careful, light-footed driving
– The infotainment system is a weak spot. Although Android Auto and Apple Carplay are available in most Benz vehicles at this point, the C-class sedan and wagon still don’t have it. There are also a lot of menus to search through and it’s all done through a not particularly intuitive and bulky click wheel Command Controller that takes up a big portion of the centre console.
– The second row is tighter than you might expect. Our rear facing car seat test revealed tighter results than we saw in the BMW and Audi competition
– The trunk is also on the smallish side at 490 litres. That falls behind the Allroad’s 680 litres but beats out the 430 litres you’ll find in the Volvo V60

Family Wheels report card:Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 3/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 4.5/5 (60 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 4/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels value score: 3.5/5

Family Wheels overall score: 38/50= 76%

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