This latest C-Class is the Mercedes-Benz contender in the compact executive market, and the estate version is a rival for the likes of the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant. We’ve been driving a C220 Bluetec Sport diesel – and its official figures promise impressive performance and excellent economy.

But what we want to know is, is this diesel as well-rounded on the road as it appears on paper? And does the C-Class tow well enough to justify its premium price-tag?