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Mercedes-Benz C Class Review
- Classy looks
- Relaxed driving experience
- Good alternative fuel options
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Mercedes C220d Executive Edition saloon auto
Mercedes-Benz C Class - Overview
The Mercedes C-class is offered as a saloon or estate and comes with petrol, diesel, diesel-hybrid and petrol plug-in hybrid versions to serve every journey profile. The compact executive saloon sits between the A and E Class models in the Mercedes’ line-up and also has niche Coupe and Cabriolet siblings.
What is the Mercedes-Benz C Class like to drive?
Mercedes has always favoured a high quality of ride comfort over sporty handling and suspension and the C Class very much conforms to that philosophy, especially with the optional Airmatic suspension. The AMG-Line spec gets a harder Sports suspension set-up, while the other models come with the Comfort setting as standard.
The drive can be tailored to individual preference using the five-mode Dynamic Select system that’s standard on every vehicle.
Mercedes also offers the 4Matic all-wheel drive system on two diesels and one petrol engine for increased security in slippery conditions. At the top of the range are three high-performance AMG models that rival the best super saloons and estates for performance and handling.
Alongside a very smooth ride is first class refinement, which results in one of the quietest cabins in the sector at motorway speeds.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- C200 2.0 184hp, 123-159g/km CO2 (25-32% BIK), 40.4-53.3mpg
- C350e PHEV 2.0 211hp, 48-53g/km CO2 (13-16% BIK), 122.8-134.5mpg
- C43 AMG 3.0 367hp, 183-185g/km CO2 (37% BIK), 34.9-35.3mpg
- C63 AMG 4.0 476hp, 192-196g/km CO2 (37% BIK), 33.6-34.5mpg
- C63 AMG S 4.0 510hp, 192-196g/km CO2 (37% BIK), 33.6-34.5mpg
- C200 1.6 136hp, 101-121g/km CO2 (24-28% BIK), 61.4-72.4mpg
- C220 2.1 170hp, 103-129g/km CO2 (24-29% BIK), 57.7-70.6mpg
- C250 2.1 204hp, 112-129g/km CO2 (26-29% BIK), 57.7-64.2mpg
- C300h 2.1 204hp, 94-104g/km CO2 (22-24% BIK), 68.9-78.5mpg
- 6-speed manual
- 7-speed automatic
- 9-speed automatic
Mercedes-Benz C Class trim levels explained
There are four trim levels in the main C Class range, excluding the high-performance AMG models that have their own bespoke set-up.
- DAB radio
- 16in alloys
- Automatic wipers
- Comfort suspension
- Reversing camera
- Cruise control
- 7.0-inch display
- Powered tailgate (estate only)
- Black roof rails (estate only)
- Split-fold rear seats (estate only)
Executive Edition (in addition to SE)
- 17in alloys
- Active Park Assist
- Heated front seats
- Split-fold rear seats (saloon)
- Chrome roof rails (estate only)
Sport (in addition to Executive Edition)
- Electric fold mirrors
- LED Headlamps
- Intelligent Light package
- Sports seats
- Nappa leather steering wheel
AMG-Line (in addition to Sport)
- 18in alloys
- AMG body styling
- Sports suspension, steering and braking system
- AMG stainless steel pedals
- AMG Sports seats
How to spec the Mercedes-Benz C Class
In standard form, the Executive Edition trim level brings all the goodies required by fleet drivers, including sat nav and heated seats, but Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is an extra appreciated by higher mileage drivers in particular and costs £295 on the C class.
For power, the C220d’s 2.1-litre diesel best combines efficiency and performance, providing plenty of shove without getting into the higher price models. However, the diesel hybrid and petrol plug-in models, while more expensive, have the advantage of serene silent running when on battery power and excellent acceleration thanks to the electric motor combining with an internal combustion engine to provide thrust.
We’d also select the automatic gearbox because it suits the C Class’s nature far better than the manual.
Mercedes-Benz C Class Interior – what’s it like?
A classy cabin marks out the C-class’s premium credentials, with higher-quality materials in a well-laid-out formation. The infotainment is managed through a 7” screen using rotating dial and touchpad between the front seats.
It’s easy to find a comfortable driving position and the door pockets are a decent size. Rear space is excellent for the class, so carrying four adults is a trouble-free experience. The battery-equipped versions get a smaller boot thanks to the need to house the extra powertrain, but regular petrol and diesel cars have a good 480-litre boot in the saloon and an extra 10 litres in the more practical estate, both of which are in line with the class.
Classy and comfortable with an impressive range of tax-efficient powertrains, including both hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, the C Class’s biggest strengths are a high-quality cabin, impressive interior space and good mile-munching ability.