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What is it?
The C-Class is a compact executive model and comes as a four-door saloon and a five-door estate. There is also a coupe version, covered separately. There are eight trim levels and eight engine choices including a hybrid, and two high-performance AMG versions. This fourth generation C-Class was introduced in 2014.
What is the Mercedes C-Class like to drive?
The C-Class has a strikingly classy cabin that complements capable cornering power and a largely smooth ride when the optional air suspension is fitted. The car has a good driving position too. The C220 Bluetec diesel is particularly impressive for its mix of brisk performance and strong economy - this engine likely to suit most buyers. The entry-level C200 petrol goes well when driven with enthusiasm, while the C63 AMG’s performance is nothing less than dramatic. The C-Class is reasonably refined once cruising, and feels reassuringly secure at speed.
What engines are available?
Four Bluetec diesels are offered, including a 136hp C200, 170hp C220, 204hp C250 and 231hp C300 hybrid. The four petrol engines include a 184hp C200, 292hp C350e hybrid, 476hp AMG and 510hp AMG S. The C200 and C220 Bluetec diesels and the C200 petrol are six-speed manuals; the remaining models are seven-speed automatics.
What are the key standard features of the Mercedes C-Class?
The entry-level C-Class SE comes with Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, artificial leather upholstery, front centre armrest, electric heated mirrors, DAB radio, two USB ports, four electric windows, cruise control, reversing camera, electric front seat height and backrest adjustment, Comand infotainment with sat nav, 7in screen and touchpad, auto wipers, hill hold assist, Agility Select with five driving modes, leather multifunction four-way adjustable wheel, 16in alloys. Estate: self- levelling suspension, power tailgate.
How spacious is the Mercedes C-Class?
There’s ample space for four adults in both saloon and estate, and five in reasonable comfort. Both saloon and estate have big and usefully square boots, the estate’s particularly easy to load. The rear seats fold on both versions (optionally for the saloon), to provide an impressive loadbay in the case of the estate. On-board oddments storage is good.
What will it cost to run?
C-Class diesel CO 2 emissions range from 94g/km for the C 300 Bluetec hybrid saloon to 101g/km for the C200 diesel saloon and 119g/km for the C220 Bluetec AMG Line estate. The 124g/km C200 saloon has the lowest CO 2 emission of the conventional petrol models, while the C350e hybrid records 48g/km. C63 AMG CO 2 emissions are 192g/km (saloon) 196g/km (estate) for both power outputs. Combined fuel consumption ranges from 134.5mpg for the C350e hybrid to 33.6 mpg for the C63 AMG S estate. The C200 Bluetec diesel saloon achieves 72.4mpg, the C300 hybrid diesel 78.5mpg. The petrol C200 saloon achieves 53.3 combined. Benefit in kind ratings range from 5% for the C350e hybrid to 16% for the C220 Bluetec diesel saloon to 22% for the C250 Bluetec diesel estate. The C300 Bluetec Hybrid estate is taxable at 16%, and the C63 AMG and AMG S estates are taxable at 34%.
What safety features does it have?
Eight airbags, collision prevention assist, pre-safe, anti-whiplash head restraints, adaptive anti-lock brakes, ESP anti-skid control and driver attention alert are standard. The C-Class achieved a four star NCAP safety rating. Optional electronic driver aids include blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping, predictive pedestrian protection, emergency city brake, pre-crash occupant protection and more. There are Isofix attachment points for two child seats in the rear.
Premium alternatives include the Audi A4 and A5, BMW 3 Series and 3 Series Gran Turismo, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE and Volvo S60. Mainstream rivals include the Citroen C5, Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord, Hyundai i40, Kia Optima, Mazda6, Peugeot 508, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Avensis, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat.