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 17 Mercedes-Benz C-Class versions available

Saloon C200 SE 4dr £27,270
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C200 Bluetec SE 4dr £28,985
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C200 Sport 4dr £29,265
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C220 Bluetec SE 4dr £29,780
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C200 AMG Line 4dr £30,890
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C200 Bluetec Sport 4dr £30,980
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C220 Bluetec Sport 4dr £31,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C250 Bluetec SE 4dr £32,435
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C200 Bluetec AMG Line 4dr £32,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C220 Bluetec AMG Line 4dr £33,270
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C250 Bluetec Sport 4dr £34,430
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C300 Bluetec Hybrid SE 4dr £35,045
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C250 Bluetec AMG Line 4dr £35,925
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C300 Bluetec Hybrid Sport 4dr £37,040
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C300 Bluetec Hybrid AMG Line 4dr £38,535
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon C63 AMG 4dr £59,800 TBA
Saloon C63 AMG S 4dr £66,550 TBA

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 Sport 4dr

A decent car let down by poor build quality. Initially very pleased with the vehicle. Auto box good, drives well and seems to be reasonably…

Les Smith

2 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon C200 SE 4dr

Moved to this from A4. Big mistake. Was initially pleased with the car, auto box good, drives well and interior seems reasonable. But there is such…

Les Smith

2 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon C200 Sport 4dr

C200 Sport Premium (petrol). Traded in an Audi A6 for this, and am very happy. Wouldn't say the quality is any higher than the Audi, but the equipment…

James Thompson

5 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon C200 SE 4dr

C200 petrol manual sport. I took delivery July 2014. When ordered in April 2014 no demonstrators had arrived, my mistake! I am disappointed with the…

Stewart William Taylor

2 out of 5 stars
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