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 and handle well.
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The Mercedes C-Class is comfortable, classy and good to drive – as long as you pick the right version.
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There are 9 Mercedes-Benz C-Class versions available
Target Price team says:
The Mercedes C-Class has an awful lot going for it. It’s well equipped, reasonably practical and has a classier interior than any other similarly sized executive car.
It’s even comparatively cheap to run for company car drivers, because the low CO2 emissions offset the fact it costs slightly more than an equivalent BMW 3 Series.
It’s just a shame you have to spend extra on air suspension to make the C-Class drive as well as you’d expect. Without this pricey option, it simply doesn’t ride or handle with the same sophistication as the best executive cars. That said, you can level the same criticism at the BMW 3 Series, to which you need to add adaptive M Sport suspension to see it in its best light.