Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Should you buy a Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

No. But then, who buys a car these days? Almost every C-Class Saloon you see outside of the potent AMGs is probably leased at an extremely competitive rate, and you should definitely do that. Forget the list price, look at the low monthly costs, and the reasons behind the C-Class' popularity become crystal clear.

In the executive saloon pecking order it slots in behind the front-running BMW 3 Series, and falls in just behind the recently-revised Audi A4. However, it's thoroughly fit-for-purpose, with a wide range of engines, power outputs, model variations, and optional extras. It’s the best choice in this market sector if you’re looking for a relaxing drive instead of an engaging one. And as one of the best-selling models in the UK, you won’t be alone in your choice.

If you do want to buy one outright, used values reflect ample supply and 18-month to two-year old examples are great value. For a big saving over list price, you'll get low mileage and good condition, reflecting build quality that's somewhat better than previous generations.

Most are well equipped, too. You can expect a reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers, alloy wheels, cruise control, heated windscreen washer jets, a tyre pressure monitoring system and plenty of safety kit even on lower-spec models. Much of the tech you’ll find on the C-Class was introduced on the S-Class luxury saloon, and has filtered down the range rapidly to meet buyer’s demands.

There’s a similar S-Class flavour in the C-Class’s interior, which features a pair of beautifully crisp screens providing driving data and infotainment. Though not necessarily the easiest to use, Mercedes’ take on in-car displays is seriously impressive, and a big selling point. It brings the C-Class in line with its A-Class hatchback brother.

It's available with some very low CO2 figures, and is tailored beautifully for business users. Both diesel options offer superbly low running costs, but the C 200 petrol is cheaper to buy and the lowest for BIK - though the EQ plug-in hybrids are ideal for those doing shorter mileages.

It's not the sharpest driver's car out there, and it really needs its brilliant Airmatic suspension system to be standard, but it’s a car that’s at or near the top of its class, depending on your priorities. Of course, at the other end of the scale, the bonkers AMG C 63 S is one of the very best sports saloons you can buy. The C-Class range really does offer something for everyone.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class, rear