For This diesel engine delivers the best balance of performance and running costs. Executive SE trim comes with most of the equipment you want, and has the most comfortable ride.
Against You have to put up with an unforgivably gruff engine. Executive SE models don't handle particularly well.
What Car? says
The Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI Executive SE is our favourite 'sensible' model. The C-Class still lags far behind its best rivals, though.
What Car? readers say
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Target Price team says:
The Mercedes C-Class has its strengths, but it’s extremely flawed in a couple of crucial areas. By far the biggest disappointment is the car’s refinement. All models have too much wind and road noise, while manual models have a horribly springy clutch pedal and a notchy gearshift. The four-cylinder petrol engine sounds wheezy and breathless, while the four-cylinder diesels, which make up the vast majority of sales, are horribly clattery and give off far too much vibration.
This on its own is enough to justify the car’s two-star rating – we simply can’t countenance an executive car with such poor refinement. However, that’s not the only area where the C-Class disappoints. A good exec should be classy inside, but the materials aren’t upmarket enough and the design is bland, so the cabin feels drab.
Reader test team says:
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