3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

New C-Class packs cutting-edge tech and a wonderful interior

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon (21 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £39,870 - £53,565
Used price £28,555 - £43,230
Used monthly cost From £713 per month
Fuel Economy 40.4 - 565.0 mpg
Road tax cost £165 - £520
Insurance group 33 - 45 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Impressively hushed engines
  • Tech is surprisingly easy to use
  • Superb interior

CONS

  • Some flimsy controls
  • Hard ride
  • Not the most spacious

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Written by Murray Scullion on

Is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon any good?

This new C-Class joined Mercedes’ lineup in 2021, representing progress from the last car rather than a vast shift in outlook. To that end, it’s based on the same basic underpinnings as its predecessor, but almost every component – and certainly every one you interact with when driving – has been replaced or tweaked.

The new car’s grown ever so slightly in width and length, and lost a few mm in overall height. And it’s gained the latest Mercedes-Benz family styling, with an evolution of the firm’s upright grille and new horizontally oriented taillights.

The real changes come when you get inside, where the C-Class now has one of the most luxurious and high-tech cabins we’ve seen on a car this size.

So, it’s new and improved – looks better, drives better, and feels far more modern than the car it replaces. The BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, are its main rivals and the C-Class is a seriously worthy contender for your monthly payments.

Read the Mercedes C-Class verdict

What’s it like inside?

The cabin looks and feels like Mercedes’ flagship car – the S-Class. Step inside and the first thing you’ll notice is the vast 11.9-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen and accompanying 12.9-inch digital instrument display.

Once you get used to all of the tech, it’s pretty easy to use. Impressive too. And it’ll definitely be a conversation starter for new passengers. 

Overall quality is top-notch but there isn’t an awful lot of room in the rear.

Read more about the Mercedes C-Class interior

What models and trims are available?

There are two petrol and two diesel engines on offer. All have mild hybrid technology to improve efficiency and responsiveness.

In terms of trim levels, the C-Class has four to choose from. In price order they go Sport, AMG Line, AMG Line Premium, and AMG Line Premium Plus. The more you pay the more you get.

What’s it like to drive?

All of the engines we’ve tested feel pokey enough for something with Mercedes’ trademark three-pointed star on the front. Dynamically it’s a tight package, but the BMW 3 Series drives more sweetly with better feedback.

The C-Class isn’t the most comfortable in class either. Low speed bumps can be felt as it crashes, rather than floats, over them. Much better at motorway speeds mind you.

Read more about how the Mercedes C-Class drives

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Mercedes C-Class including its practicality and how much it costs to run.

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