What Can You Fit in a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Trunk?

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We’ve had our long-term 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for about half a year, and in that time we’ve been impressed with its comfortable yet engaging driving demeanor and classy interior. Its 12.6-cubic-foot trunk may not sound that big but it falls between the 2015 BMW 3 Series’ 13 cubic feet and the 2015 Audi A4’s 12.4 cubic feet. Mercedes’ compact luxury sedan is surprisingly good at carrying bulky cargo thanks in part to its standard split, folding backseat; all but one of the test items from my garage fit in the C-Class.

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BOB Revolution Double Jogging Stroller: Yes

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This double stroller is very bulky, but with its quick-release front wheel removed, it fit into the vehicle without having to fold the backseat. The stroller does take up most of the car’s available trunk space; there’s just a little room on either side of it for some soft-sided bags. The C-Class’ trunk lid arms move within enclosures along the sides of the trunk, so you don’t have to worry about them crushing your cargo when the car trunk is packed full.

Medium-Size Cooler: Yes

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The Mercedes-Benz  C-Class’ trunk is 39 inches deep, 37 inches wide and 18 inches tall. It was just tall enough for a medium-size cooler to clear the car trunk ceiling, with plenty of space left over for camping supplies, beach toys or other bags and gear.

Seventeen-Inch Mountain Bike: Yes

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Loading a bike in a car is usually an awkward undertaking, and it’s no different with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. To fit our 17-inch mountain bike we had to remove its front wheel and fold the car’s backseat. With the bike in the trunk and part of the cabin there’s still room for smaller items, but if you’re going to do this often a trunk- or roof-mounted bike rack on your vehicle is a better way to go.

Six-Foot Folding Ladder: Yes

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A 6-foot folding ladder just fit with the backseat folded; the top of the ladder was touching the back of the front seats while the bottom just cleared the lip of the trunk. To avoid having a ledge between the trunk floor and the lowered rear seats, Mercedes has angled the forward portion of the trunk floor upward, making it easier to shove long items like this into the car.

Wood Rocking Chair: No

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The C-Class has a decent-size trunk opening, but it’s not tall enough for something like this; no matter how I positioned the rocking chair it was still hanging out of the trunk. I really needed the tall, open cargo area of a crossover or SUV to load this.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class couldn’t fit the biggest thing we tried to put in it, but needing to move a rocking chair would have a lot of people dialing a friend with a pickup truck for assistance. For many other things, though, the C-Class will have you covered.

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Mike Hanley has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the auto industry. His primary focus is new vehicles, and he's currently a Senior Road Test Editor overseeing expert car reviews and comparison tests. He previously managed Editorial content in the Cars.com Research section. Email Mike Hanley

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