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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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74 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon.
  • C180 Kompressor Classic SE 4dr

    roger motte , devon . Date: 21/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Comfortable, with plenty of width and length for a large person. Quiet, with little engine noise within the cabin.

    Economic with in excess of 31mpg for general operation (over the previous 5,000 miles)

    Excellent electronics with full digital readout for mpg, radio, servicing etc.

    An excellent metallic paint finish and elegant appearance. Having owned two previous Mercs, this C180 is back to the old Mercedes standard for quality following a perceived lapse in the 1990s

    I am a contented new owner!!

  • C200 CDI Avantgarde SE 4dr

    Roger Pitchford , Cheshire . Date: 11/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have now owned my C200CDi for twelve months, having covered some 15,200 miles, the build quality has fallen from the previous C class Mercedes I have owned, and has a very cheap feel to the car and the interior especially.

    Average fuel consumtion during this period has been circa 41.5mpg.

    Beware of dealer service costs - I have just been ripped off for £510.27 ( inc VAT) for my first service, consisting of oil and filter, filter sealing ring, pollen filter and two wiper rubbers.

    I have checked out this bill with Mercedes customer services who said the amount charged was correct.

    My last visit to a Mercedes dealer for any service work!

  • C220 CDI Avantgarde SE (04-07) 4dr

    Peter Wharrad Date: 11/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Drove this car in auto mode for a trek across Europe, covering about 800 miles over the course of a week.

    My expectations weren't that high, given that my usual drive is rather more powerful. However, the whole experience was surprisingly good. There was some momentary hesitation off the line, but pick-up was impressive.

    The handling was fine; even lthough the initial impression was of a certain stateliness, the chassis had hidden depths of talent, and was more than competent on the twisties. But the place where the car really excelled was on the motorways and fast A-roads, where the torque made for ridiculously relaxing cruising (and at ridiculously high speeds, but that's another matter!).

    Cabin ambience added to the general sense of wellbeing, and I thought the trip average of almost 40mpg was a good return over some difficult driving terrain, especially given that the engine was relatively new and tight.

    I have to confess this car might well be on my list for consideration next time round.

  • C270 CDI Elegance SE 4dr

    Howard Barlow Date: 05/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My only criticism of anything to do with MB or the car is that neither the dealers nor 'Central Command' make personal cash buyers parting with their own money feel particularly special.

    I opted for the C270 having owned a C220 ex-demo for a year. You seem to get what you pay for, and the gripes I've seen about the smaller engined variants justify my choice. The 5 cylinder lump is a big lazy engine, ideal for 75-80 mph cruising, but with enough oomph on tap to make life interesting (if only seen through the smoke under hard acceleration!)

    In 11,000 miles, it's cost almost nothing - just a replacement indicator unit in the near-side mirror housing to replace one broken by a low-hanging branch. It cost £16.00 and was fitted free of charge by a spares clerk! First service is indicated at about 14000 miles.

    Fuel averages 38 mpg - short, mostly short town trips with occasional motorway cruises. On a good day, with a soft right foot (in conjuntion with cruise control) I've seen over 60mpg indicated, although this seems optimistic.

    It's not a 'performance car', but it's hard to imagine that one could seriously question the capability of the overall package; town taxi, suburban saloon or motorway cruiser roles are all well handled.

    If I have niggle (aside from the 'company car' orientation of MB infrastructure) it's that the paintwork is fragile, vulnerable to frontal chipping especially.

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