The Mercedes-Benz C-Class All-Terrain has made its debut “for those who find a conventional estate car less than suitable off-road, and an SUV too high-legged”.

Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain
Four-link front suspension boasts slightly larger steering knuckles.

So, how is the C-Class All-Terrain set apart from its estate sibling? For starters, the more off-road-orientated C-Class Estate boasts Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system as standard, plus two off-road driving modes in addition to the C’s standard driving modes. “Offroad” mode is designed for terrain such as dirt roads, gravel and sand, while “Offroad+” with downhill speed regulation (DSR) is recommended for heavier and steeper terrain.

C-Class All-Terrain
“Avantgarde” interior package standard fitment.

According to the German manufacturer, the C-Class All-Terrain boasts “around” 40 mm more ground clearance than the C-Class estate and slightly increased dimensions. The C-Class All-Terrain Measures 4 755 mm nose to tail and 1 841 mm wide (owing to its wheelarch linings), making it 4 mm longer and 21 mm wider than the estate variant. The increase in ground clearance, meanwhile, has resulted in increased vehicle hight. The C-Class All-Terrain measures 1 494 mm tall.

C-Class All-Terrain
4Matic all-wheel drive standard on the off-road-orientated C-Class Estate.

The capacity and variability of the load compartment, however, remain the same. The C-Class All-Terrain offers a claimed luggage capacity of 490 litres and, with the 40:20:40-split rear backrest folded down, a claimed utility space of 1 510 litres. Mercedes’ Easy-Pack tailgate system is included as standard.

Further included in the list of standard specification, the C-Class All-Terrain comes equipped with a set of 17-inch alloys, wrapped in 225/55-size rubber. Two additional wheel sizes are on offer: 18- and 19-inch items fitted with 45- and 40-profile tyres respectively.