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For It's well equipped and comes with lots of safety kit. Most versions have plenty of power and Executive SE models ride well.

Against The four-cylinder diesel engines are horribly rough, and all-round refinement is very poor. Interior quality is disappointing, prices are high and contract hire rates are similarly steep. AMG Sport Edition models have a firm ride.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
22 5stars

The Mercedes C-Class has its strengths, but its refinement simply isn’t good enough. We really struggle to recommend an executive car that’s this noisy.

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The full Mercedes-Benz C-Class review


There are 7 Mercedes-Benz C-Class versions available

Saloon C180 Executive SE 4dr £26,585
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon C200 CDI Executive SE 4dr £27,895
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon C220 CDI Executive SE 4dr £28,970
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon C220 CDI AMG Sport Edition 4dr £30,170
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon C250 CDI AMG Sport Edition 4dr £31,335
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon C63 AMG 4dr £57,275
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon C63 AMG Edition 507 4dr £67,270
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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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.

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Allen Collen

5 out of 5 stars

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