The "S class estate" thread made me think (and also speccing up a loaded R class to match)... When we chose our MBs, what made us choose C over B, or S over E, or E over C, or the other way around... Across the current range the options are very similar, the overlaps are huge - you can add almost everything but airmatic to a C, almost everything but nightvision to an E, and many of us spend a lot of driving time not occupying the space of the bigger cars - so my question is: Did you choose the "class" of your car for the image and status, or for a practical reason? I chose mine because I wanted an E for the image of not being the "cheap merc" (C) or flash (S). It fits with my work and those I work with and for. The practical needs (room for a fat git like me, secure boot) would have been catered for by a C class. What about the rest of us?