Should you buy a Mercedes-Benz C-Class?
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class deserves its popularity. It's a clear case of being 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.
As standard 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. 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, great for those doing shorter mileages. For speed freaks, there’s only 3 letters they need to know – AMG versions are absolute hoots to drive.
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 is one of the very best sports saloons you can buy. The C-Class range really does offer something for everyone.