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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.
  • C200 CDI Classic SE 4dr

    Des OSBORNE , staffs . Date: 11/12/2004
    • 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

    Having owned a 95 C220 some years ago, which was superb, I decided to change my SLK230 for a new C200 CDi elegance SE.

    I am very pleased with this car overall but have several reservations. At high speed, on long sweeping bends, the front end understeers, although it is stable.

    It sometimes kicks down from second to first in slow moving traffic aggressively, even with a light foot. Engine noise at low speeds is loud (more so than my old 1995 C220). It's not as good on fuel as my old C220, which returned over 55mpg - this may get better as I've only done 8000 miles so far.

    I think all round for a diesel saloon it is very good: safe and extremley comfertable.

    However, the service from the dealers now is very bad and I wonder sometimes how they sell cars.

  • C200 CDI Classic SE 4dr

    Dean Robinson , Durham . Date: 29/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my C200 CDI for 6 months and driven over 30.000 miles and I have to say it's been a disappointment.

    I had heard the rumours of declining build quality and I have to say they seem unfounded as my car has been solid as a rock. The driving experience is my real complaint.

    It lacks power and grunt throughout the rev range and the auto box can be jerky and slow when you are trying to accelerate hard. The handling is soft and makes any kind of cornering at speed a leap of faith.

    As a car to sit and cruise along the motorway it's a great comfortable ride, if you want a car that you look forward to driving then look elsewhere, this is a comfy couch on wheels!

  • C180 Kompressor Elegance SE 4dr

    Michael Hemmerdinger , Cheshire . Date: 06/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    An excellent buy. My third Mercedes C class. The overall build quality does appear to have dropped a little over the past six years, however so has the price.

    I wish I could be more positive about the service offerd by the average Mercedes Benz dealer. Since they have changed their marketing / distribution system, somewhat mediocre service has deteriorated to simply unacceptable sevice.

    I visited several Mercedes dealers before purchasing this car and was not impressed with any of them.

    In contrast, the attention I received at the average BMW dealer was up to their nomal, fully acceptable standard.

  • C220 CDI Classic 4dr

    Derek Cook , Lanarkshire . Date: 04/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for four months now the cabin looks great inside it is very comfortable to drive and the performance is good from the 150bhp diesel (make sure you go for the 220 not the 200).

    I average around 45mpg overall, a mix of all types of driving, town, motorway and country lanes.

    For cruising on the motorway it is the best car I have ever driven and it's easy to get 50mpg. High-speed cruising is effortless and even relaxing to the driver.

    I also like the neat touches that come with a Merc.

    The down-side? It looks a bit on the bland side and has too much body roll for me in the bends/corners and its very dificult to tell how close to the limit you are but for most drivers that will not be a concern.

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