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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

A fairly plain interior, although a good driving position. And, yes, anyone who hasn’t driven a Mercedes-Benz before might take a while getting used to the foot-applied, handle-released parking brake. When the range was revised in 2004 the interior had a make-over which resulted in a slightly more up-market feel.

Automatic climate control and four electric windows were standard on the C-Class from its launch in 2000. These items were not standard on the contemporary rival 3-Series or Audi A4. Front seats have partial electric adjustment as standard and all C-Class models are fitted with cruise control. Standard cloth seats feel a little coarse to the touch, but should be hard-wearing.

Rear leg room is probably tighter than in a 3-Series and nothing like as generous as it would be if you were spending this sort of money on a high-volume brand car.