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Mercedes-Benz C Class Review
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Mercedes-Benz C Class - Overview
The refined and versatile Mercedes C-Class is one of the German brand’s best-selling models, it’s available as a mid-size premium saloon, estate, coupe and convertible. On top of the different body styles, there’s also a range of ultra-fast AMG versions. The current generation car has been on sale since 2014 and has undergone a mid-life facelift in July 2018.
What is the Mercedes-Benz C Class like to drive?
Apart from the powerful AMG versions, the Mercedes C-Class is the comfortable option out of the German mid-size trio which also includes the BMW 3-series and Audi A4.
On the road, this means the C-Class offers great insulation from uneven surfaces and has suspension that is quiet over bumps and ruts. While it offers excellent ride comfort, it does so without robbing handling prowess, providing a good level of involvement for the driver. The optional nine-speed automatic gearbox, and refined range of engines (particularly the highly efficient C200 petrol and new range of diesel engines) also contribute to making the C-Class a first rate, high-mileage car.
At the other end of the spectrum sit the AMG versions which are proper driver’s cars, offering a far more dramatic on-road experience.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 1.6 156hp C180, 145-155g/km CO2 (30-32% BIK), 42.2-44.1mpg
- 1.5 184hp C200, 140-162g/km CO2 (29-33% BIK), 42.2-46.3mpg
- 2.0 258hp C300, 148-160g/km CO2 (30-33% BIK), 41.5-42.2mpg
- 3.0 390hp C43, 213-223g/km CO2 (37% BIK), 29.1-30.4mpg
- 1.6 160hp C200d, 108-121g/km CO2 (25-28% BIK), 64.2-65.7mpg
- 2.0 194hp C220d, 117-144g/km CO2 (27-32% BIK), 56.5-61.4mpg
- 2.0 245hp C300d, 130-153g/km CO2 (30-34% BIK), 53.3-57.7mpg
- 6-speed manual
- 9-speed automatic
Mercedes-Benz C Class trim levels explained
The C-Class comes with a straightforward trio of trim levels – SE, Sport and AMG-Line.
- 17” alloys
- Power-fold mirrors
- Parking sensors
- Comfort suspension
- Drive modes
- Powered tailgate (estate)
- Auto lights and wipers
- Cruise control
- CD player
- 10.25” colour infotainment screen
- DAB radio
- Heated front seats
- Leather seats
Sport (in addition to SE)
- Lowered suspension
- LED headlights
- Sports seats
AMG Line (in addition to Sport)
- 18” alloys
- AMG body styling
- Uprated front brakes
- Sports suspension
- Analogue clock
- AMG floor mats
- AMG sports pedals & steering wheel
How to spec the Mercedes-Benz C Class
While you can spend large amounts on options for the C-Class, Mercedes offers an impressive level of standard equipment on the entry SE trim level including niceties such as satnav, large colour infotainment screen, heated seats and parking sensors. We would however, specify the excellent nine-speed auto gearbox which suits the car’s nature and adds to the already premium feel of the driving experience.
Mercedes-Benz C Class Interior – what’s it like?
The C-Class not only borrows the interior styling first seen in the larger E-Class and S-Class, but now also features much of the same technology seen on the larger vehicles. The materials used in the dashboard and seats are of exceptional quality and there’s no doubting the C-Class is a premium car. The new tech includes Mercedes’ latest connected car system called Me Connect which offers very impressive functionality. In the saloon and estate there’s plenty of room for adult passengers in the rear seats and even the coupe and cabriolet versions offer good legroom compared to rival cars. The boot space in the saloon is a very healthy 455 litres, which increases to 460 litres in the estate. The coupe has 400 and the cabriolet version 285 litres.
If you’re after the most refined car in its class with the best-connected technology, then the Mercedes C-Class is the car for you. The recent revisions have given the mid-size premium car a real lift.