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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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75 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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