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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The C-Class is a comfortable, refined and well built saloon with a touch of class

Against It's tricky to use the foot-operated parking brake with a manual gearbox

Verdict It's not quite a mini S-Class but it's very accomplished nevertheless

Go for… C180 Classic SE

Avoid… C350 Sport

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
  • 1. There are widespread reports of problems with the electronics and software
  • 2. The automatic gearboxes aren’t bullet-proof, so check if the transmission is jerky or has a tendency to hang on to the gears
  • 3. The car's basically sound, but you should keep an ear out for odd noises from the suspension
  • 4. If you can find one, the supercharged C180 introduced in late 2002 is the engine to go for. Otherwise, track down the 143bhp 2.2-litre, which was available from launch
  • 5. There are several trims to choose from, but Classic SE gives you everything you could want
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