Mercedes C-Class saloon

£27,195 - £73,500

Think of the new 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 diesels (the latter badged C220 BlueTEC and C250 BlueTEC respectively). The diesels offer excellent fuel economy, but are also quite noisy. The range will soon be joined by a petrol-electric hybrid and a super-frugal C350 Plug-In Hybrid. 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, dual-zone climate control, auto headlights and wipers, cruise control and a seven-inch colour display.

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