Mercedes C-Class saloon

Price  £27,665 - £69,405

Mercedes C-Class saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Cheap to run
  • Classy new interior
  • Comfortable suspension
  • Fastest diesel is too noisy
  • Slightly cramped rear seats
  • Limited choice of models

At a glance

The greenest
C350 e Sport Premium Plus auto 4dr £41,065
The cheapest
C200 SE manual 4dr £27,665
The fastest
AMG C63 S Premium auto 4dr £69,405
Top of the range
AMG C63 S Premium auto 4dr £69,405

"The Mercedes C-Class is classier, more comfortable and even cheaper to run than before but let down by a noisy diesel engine."

Think of the Mercedes C-Class as a smaller version of the top-of-the-range Mercedes S-Class. Mercedes has given the car a luxurious interior, lots of clever equipment and a choice of petrol or diesel engines. As a small executive saloon, the C-Class competes with models such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Lexus IS.

Right now, the C-Class can be fitted with a choice of a 2.0-litre petrol or one of two 2.1-litre diesel engines (the latter badged C220 BlueTEC and C250 BlueTEC respectively). The diesels offer excellent fuel economy, but are also quite noisy. A petrol-electric hybrid has also joined the range, boasting emissions as low as 94g/km, 78mpg and sports car-baiting performance. For the first time in the UK, C-Class buyers can also specify four-wheel drive.

The new Mercedes C-Class is available in three trims – SE, Sport and AMG Line. All models come with alloy wheels, synthetic leather interior trim, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control and a seven-inch colour display.

Interesting options for the C-Class include a fragrance dispenser that lives in the glovebox, a smart head-up display that projects speed and sat-nav info onto the windscreen, plus an air-suspension set-up that allows the car to glide over lumps and bumps, much like the S-Class.

Starting at around £27,000, the C-Class now costs more than the previous model, and its main rivals are cheaper, too. But the generous standard equipment helps to make up for this, and the premium badge on the bonnet means that resale values are generally better.

The C220 BlueTEC will be the most popular model in the UK – and we recommend this engine in Sport specification. This combination will cost north of £31,000, but offers an excellent amount of kit (including the all-important sat nav) along with solid performance and great fuel economy. It's everything a junior executive could need.

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MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

Fuel economy is up by 20% across the Mercedes C-Class range

Engines, drive & performance

4.1 / 5

The Mercedes C-Class is quick and economical, with a plug-in version promising 100mpg coming soon

Interior & comfort

4.1 / 5

The interior of the Mercedes C-Class is relaxing and quiet, but the diesel engine is noisy

Practicality & boot space

4.4 / 5

Boot space in the Mercedes C-Class is better than before, but some might find the rear seats tight

Reliability & safety

4.4 / 5

The Mercedes C-Class should be reliable and very safe, thanks to loads of clever tech

What the others say

4.1 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
"Mercedes has added lots more equipment to lure in new buyers, so spec-for-spec, the new model is actually better value than before."
8 / 10
"Being a saloon rather than a hatchback, the C-class's boot is deep but not very tall. However, a large opening makes it easy to load."
4.5 / 5
"The C-class' attributes include a huge wealth of equipment for both safety and luxury, a more transparent ownership proposition and a suite of optional extras that make this car feel every inch the baby S-Class."
8 / 10
"Mercedes decides the best way to take on the 3-Series is with an S-Class mini-me. Mercedes is right."
What owners say 
3.4 /5 based on 15 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
11 Mar 2015
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