Mercedes C-Class saloon
Price: £29,365 - £67,270
- First-class interior
- Fuel efficient engines
- Generously equipped
- Priced higher than main rivals
- Smaller engines are noisy
- Unexciting to drive
More stylish grill and bumpers make it stand out and feel modern, while the interior got a totally redesigned dashboard that's made of higher quality materials, with a slick layout complete with integrated media screen. You can get the C-Class as either an executive saloon, a more practical estate car or a speedy-looking coupe, with the four-door executive saloon model accounting for the bulk of all sales.
The saloon comes in three main specifications – the entry-level Executive SE, the sportier AMG Sport Edition and the top-of-the-range C63 AMG performance model. All models come well equipped, fitted with air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and alloy wheels fitted as standard across the range.
All the petrol and diesel engines on offer are efficient, with standard-fit BlueEFFICIENCY technology and stop-start helping to make the C-Class one of the most efficient premium cars that you can buy in the UK. The most environmentally friendly model is actually the twin-turbo C220 CDI diesel, which can return 68.9mpg in combined fuel economy and only emits 109g/km of CO2.
Potential buyers should be aware that an all-new Mercedes C-Class will go on sale later in 2014, so it may be better to wait for the new model or buy the current one second-hand and save some cash.