Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes C-class information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Merc’s compact executive. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the C-class car range.

Background

The Mercedes-Benz C-class is Stuttgart’s answer to the 3-series/A4 assault: choose from saloon, estate or coupe bodystyles – all with sharp dynamics, pretty style and a lovely cabin quality. For more information on the Mercedes C-class, click on our further stories on the links below.

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The latest C is one of our favourite premium small saloons and has really closed the gap with the class benchmarks. This segment is more competitive than ever, thanks to fresh products from BMW, Jaguar and Lexus - but the compact Mercedes nestles right near the top of the pile now in its latest guise. It’s hard to look past the fabulous interior, which makes BMW’s look dull and Audi’s just a bit old-hat. Premium materials and a fresh imagination make the C-class cabin feel really special. It’s a bonus that the rest of the package doesn’t miss a trick, either. The C-class drives as well as it looks, with a comfy ride, accomplished handling (though keen drivers may still prefer the 3-series) and a wide suite of petrol and diesel engines, including a hybrid. The engines are arguably the one chink in the Merc’s armour, as some of the key sellers - the smaller capacity diesels in particular - are not quite as refined or characterful as the class best. A shame. We have yet to drive the new C63 AMG with its turbocharged V8. Remember that the saloon and estate are based on the latest Merc hardware; the C-class Coupe is a generation behind.

The one we’d buy

C220 Bluetec 

The one we’d avoid like the plague

No weak links here, folks

Rivals to consider

Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Lexus IS, Volvo S60

For 

Fabulous cabin, styling, quality, good to drive

Against

Only some unrefined engines hold it back, prices are punchy

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