take the existing C-Class Saloon, shroud it in slinkier two-door bodywork and make it sit 15mm lower to emphasise its sportier nature
- Brisk performance
- Attractive, quality cabin
- Blends sportiness and comfort
- Passenger space
- Steering needs more feel
- Boot smaller than key rivals
- Expensive array of options
There’s no mistaking that this is the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. Gone are the previous model’s chiselled lines, replaced by softer, more fluid curves which ape the flagship S-Class Coupe’s styling.
It’s a similar mantra to last time: take the existing C-Class Saloon, shroud it in slinkier two-door bodywork and make it sit 15mm lower to emphasise its sportier nature.
Not that Mercedes will have the market to itself with the C-Class Coupe. There’s the aging but popular Audi A5 Coupe to contend with in addition to the well-regarded BMW 4 Series Coupe. Plus there are more left-field alternatives such as the Ford Mustang Fastback and Lexus RC.
As before, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is pitched as a ‘personal car’, one a driver chooses for themselves but has a degree of practicality when needs arise.
Surprising, given the aggressive slope of the roofline towards the back of the cabin, there’s space for four adults in the Coupe, although admittedly headroom in the back is at more of a premium than in the Saloon. There’s ample leg and elbow room but be aware this C-Class only has four seats – there’s no option for a centre seatbelt on the rear bench, either.
Up front, the sports seats with integrated head restraints are unique to the C-Class Coupe but the main dashboard is identical to that fitted to the Saloon and Estate.
Differences are more conspicuous outside – the scalloping along the bodywork extends much further towards the rear of the car, the back end featuring wide-yet-slender tail lamps to create further distinction from its more practical siblings.
Mimicking other sportier Mercedes models, the grille features a diamond-like pattern, radiating out from the three-pointed star badge at its centre.
In typical tradition for the brand, the C-Class Coupe’s doors are frameless, but unlike larger coupes from Mercedes’ back-catalogue, the rear side windows remain in a fixed position.
There’s a wide range of powerplants for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe but the UK market won’t receive all of them.
For the mainstream Coupe range there’s a 2-litre petrol engine available in two power outputs. With 181bhp, the C200 is capable of speeds of up to 147mph yet returns a claimed 53.3mpg when coupled to a manual gearbox. Emissions are quoted at 123g/km of CO2 when riding on the standard 17-inch wheels.
Those seeking more power should consider the C300 with 242bhp. It’s available only with a seven-speed automatic transmission and completes the 0-62mph sprint in just six seconds.
It’s a similar one-engine-two-outputs story for those considering a diesel version. Under both the C220d’s and C250d’s bonnets is a 2.1-litre motor, producing 168bhp and 201bhp, respectively. Whichever you choose, both have claimed fuel consumption figures of just below 70mpg, with corresponding CO2 emissions of under 110g/km.
If all that sounds a little humdrum then consider the AMG C63 and AMG C63S Coupes with up to 503bhp at your disposal courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8 engine.
Bristling with technology
Two generously appointed trim levels are available for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe range – Sport and AMG Line.
There’s a raft of standard safety equipment making the Coupe one of the safest two-door models on sale, with a wide range of supplementary kit optionally available. For example, Intelligent Drive employs a pair of cameras alongside radar to monitor road and traffic conditions more effectively than radars alone can manage.
Dominating the centre of the dashboard is the tablet-style display screen for the ‘Comand’ infotainment system, which includes sat-nav. Cleverly, information from the navigation system informs the climate control how to react to situations such as entering a tunnel – do so and it automatically recirculates the air within the cabin rather than extract unwanted exhaust fumes from inside.
Read the full Parkers Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe review to find out how we rate this premium, sporty two-door.