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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Good amount of interior space on offer
  • Boot is a good size and well-shaped
  • Lots of extra storage space, too

The C-Class is a surprisingly practical compact saloon, with enough space for four adults to comfortably sit for a long journey, as long as there aren’t two exceptionally tall people in the front seats.

There’s a vast amount of adjustment in the front, and the way the rear seat backs are reclined means those in the back shouldn’t struggle too much. A fifth passenger won’t want to spend too much time in the middle rear seat, though, as the transmission tunnel seriously eats into foot room.

You get multiple storage options in the cabin including twin cupholders up front, large door bins and a large central storage area beneath the armrest.

All C-Class Saloons come with a standard reversing camera too, which will make parking a lot easier.

Will it fit in my garage?

The C-Class isn’t a large car, and is very easy to manoeuvre in tight car parks or about town, with quick steering at low speeds to aid this.

With standard-fit parking sensors and the option of all-round cameras, it’s very easy to see all around the car, too.

Will my luggage fit?

At 460 litres the C-Class’s boot is a little smaller than those in the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series (480 litres for both), but with equally limited access due to the saloon body style. It’s wide enough to get most items in, but any trips to the dump will need something a bit more practical.

Oddly, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 has a slightly larger boot at 490 litres, and will expand to 1,510 litres with the rear seats folded. For other models, maximum boot space measures 1,480 litres with the rear seats down.

An electric tailgate is available (but you don’t really need it), and the rear seats split and fold easily if you need to load any longer items in, too.

Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • Impressive amount of standard safety kit
  • More can be added at extra cost

As you’d expect from a firm famous for it, the safety credentials of the C-Class are top-notch. In Euro NCAP crash tests, the Merc was awarded five stars.

There are seven airbags as standard, while a further two in the rear can be ordered as optional extras.

Other standard equipment includes Attention Assist (which warns the driver if the car senses they’re tired) and Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which can autonomously brake the vehicle.

The bodyshell itself is constructed of far higher strength (yet lighter) metals than on the previous C-Class, which serves to mitigate the effects of any collision.

Optional safety kit as part of the Driving Assistance package really bolsters the C-Class’s safety kit list, as detailed in the Equipment section of this review.

WATCH: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon Euro NCAP crash test

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

AMG equipment

AMG standard equipment
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim

AMG Line equipment

AMG Line standard equipment
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG Line optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

AMG Line Edition equipment

AMG Line Edition standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
AMG Line Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Sat Nav

AMG S equipment

AMG S standard equipment
  • CD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG S optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

Nightfall Edition equipment

Nightfall Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Nightfall Edition optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • CD
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
SE optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav

SE Executive Edition equipment

SE Executive Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
SE Executive Edition optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support

Sport Edition equipment

Sport Edition standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Sports seats
Sport Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Sat Nav

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 84%
Pedestrian: 77%
Safety Assist: 70%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.