Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe full 9 point review
The high-performance C63 AMG and C63 AMG Black Series are insanely fast, but most buyers will opt for one of the more mainstream models. Petrol options include the turbocharged direct-injection C180 CGI (154bhp) and C250 CGI (201bhp), while the C350 CGI has a 302bhp V6. There are also two 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesels, the C220 CDI (168bhp) and C250 CDI (201bhp). All are up to the job, but our favourite is the strong and smooth V6.
Ride & Handling
The C-Class Coupe has lowered and stiffened AMG sports suspension and 18-inch wheels as standard, which makes the ride pretty punishing – the whole car jitters and jolts over any surface that isn’t completely smooth. The handling is better; there’s lots of grip and decent body control. However, the steering is vague and lifeless.
The good news is that the C-Class Coupe is no less refined than the saloon. The bad news is that it’s still very poor. The diesel engines are unforgivably clattery while the four-cylinder petrols sound breathless. Too much wind and road noise enters the cabin, while manual models have a notchy gearshift and a springy clutch pedal.
Buying & Owning
The AMG styling makes the car look great on the drive, and that plus the desirable badge on the nose helps protect the car’s resale values. However, prices look very steep indeed, and because the big wheels and tyres increase rolling resistance, fuel consumption, emissions and company car tax rates aren’t all that great.
Quality & Reliability
The Coupe has much the same interior as the regular C-Class, so it’s just as disappointing. Many of the panels are disappointingly drab, which isn’t really what you expect from a Merc, and the design is rather bland. That said, Mercedes performed well in our most recent reliability survey, and owners were extremely positive about the C-Class in the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
Safety & Security
Stability control, airbags and a pre-crash bracing system have been standard fare in Mercs for years, but now they also warn you when tiredness is affecting your driving and, through a series of cameras and sensors, can even prevent you changing lanes into the path of an overtaking car. All this helped the car achieve a five-star crash rating from Euro NCAP.
Behind The Wheel
The Coupe’s dash layout is pretty much identical to that of the C-Class saloon, which means it has some annoying foibles. Most functions are controlled through a system where you scroll though on-screen menus with a rotary dial. It’s more complex than rival systems, which makes it more distracting. The pedals are offset in manual models, and the Coupe has worse rear visibility than the saloon.
Space & Practicality
The C-Class is a four-seater, and the easy-entry system, which automatically moves the front seats forward when you tip the backrests, makes it relatively dignified to get in and out of the back. The sweeping roofline robs the rear of vital millimetres of headroom, but only very tall adults will struggle. The boot is a good size at 450 litres.
AMG Sport is the entry-level trim, and luxury kit includes climate control, part-leather-effect upholstery and front and rear parking sensors. It also comes with sports suspension, 18-inch AMG alloys and an AMG body kit, sports seats, a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel and LED daytime running lamps. AMG Sport Plus models have even sportier styling, including red seatbelts and red interior stitching.