The Mercedes C-Class has a seriously tough job on its hands. Not only does it face brilliant direct rivals such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, it also has to fend off competition from the slightly smaller but considerably cheaper Audi A3 Saloon, and good-value larger saloons, including the BMW 5 Series.
Traditionally, it relied on offering a more relaxing driving experience than key rivals, and you can read about previous versions of the C-Class here. However, Mercedes has also given the latest model one of the most upmarket interiors ever seen in an executive car (small or otherwise) and an arsenal of safety technology.
Are these enough to tempt buyers away from all those handsome alternatives, though? Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know if you're considering a Mercedes C-Class, including the engine, trim and options to choose.