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For The C-Class has a seriously classy cabin, while low CO2 emissions bring attractive company car tax bills. You get plenty of standard equipment, too.

Against None of the engines is particularly refined, and you need to add the optional air suspension to make the C-Class ride well at high speeds. It’s not cheap, either.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
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The Mercedes C-Class is a good executive saloon, but it can’t quite match the best in the class.

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There are 11 Mercedes-Benz C-Class versions available

Saloon C200 SE 4dr £26,855
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C200 Sport 4dr £28,850
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C220 Bluetec SE 4dr £29,365
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C200 AMG Line 4dr £30,345
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C220 Bluetec Sport 4dr £31,360
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C250 Bluetec SE 4dr £32,020
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C220 Bluetec AMG Line 4dr £32,855
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C250 Bluetec Sport 4dr £34,015
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C300 Bluetec Hybrid SE 4dr £34,630
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C250 Bluetec AMG Line 4dr £35,510
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C300 Bluetec Hybrid Sport 4dr £36,625
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Mercedes C-Class has a lot going for it. It’s well equipped, reasonably practical and has a really classy interior. It’s even comparatively cheap to run for company car drivers, because the low CO2 emissions offset the fact it costs slightly more to buy than rivals such as the BMW 3 Series.

It’s just a shame you have spend extra on air suspension to make the C-Class ride well at high speeds. Without this pricey option, the ride is unsettled – not matter which of the three suspension options (SE, Sport and AMG Line) you go for. That said, you can level the same criticism at the 3 Series, to which you need to add adaptive M Sport suspension to see it in its best light.

If you want the cheapest tax bills, go for the C200 Bluetec. However, since this engine isn’t available with an automatic gearbox (which most buyers want), the best bet is the C220 Bluetec.

Either way, we’d recommend Sport trim, which gets a lot more equipment than entry-level SE models.

Reader test team says:

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon C200 SE 4dr

Having owned the car for a month, and now driven on a variety of roads, I can say that it's a great car. But not flawless. Good bits - Auto box is…

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