Whether you consider the Shooting Brake’s pricing to be canny or cock-eyed will likely depend on how much you like its looks.
As with the saloon, most examples will be sold in either Sport or AMG Sport trim.
The car tested had 18in alloys, park assist, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, sports seats and automatic dual-zone air-con as standard.
With the automatic gearbox, the 200 d starts on the high side of £29k – a sum that would almost stretch to an Audi A4 estate or BMW 318d Touring, and with a C-Class wagon only a couple of grand dearer.
Dip your toe back into hatchbacks and the choice is even broader. Not only could you have almost any diesel Volkswagen Golf estate you wanted (ditto the Audi A3 Sportback), but the handsome new Golf Alltrack – with its standard all-wheel drive versatility – would also be within reach. The same could be said for the Volvo V40 D4, a car with the added benefit of a class-leading oil-burner.
We would opt for paying the £1430 premium and going for the 220 d in Sport trim and comfort suspension, as it is two seconds quicker to 62mph and nearly as efficient.