Das boot: Mercedes’s pricey new C-Class estate adds practicality to luxury

The quality and luxuriousness of this ‘mini S Class’ might help persuade the reluctant Irish estate buyer that there are proper alternatives to the ubiquitous SUV

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate: a sense of quality and luxury really sets it apart

The rise in popularity of SUVs across the world has been well-documented in these and other pages. While some would suggest the trend coincided with a lack of interest among Irish car buyers in practical estate cars, the truth is that people’s indifference to the latter began long before SUVs and crossovers were the default option for many.

It’s a situation that’s out of step with some European countries, notably Germany, where estates are considered ...