The Mercedes C-Class is the German manufacturer’s prime small executive saloon – a direct rival for the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE and Lexus IS, along with good-value larger saloons including the BMW 5 Series, and smaller offerings such as the Audi A3 Saloon and, indeed, Mercedes’ own CLA.
To give the C-Class a chance, Mercedes has fitted it with one of the most upmarket cabins ever seen in an executive car (small or otherwise), an arsenal of safety technology and even the option of air suspension.
It also offers appealing running costs, thanks to generally low CO2 figures which help offset the relatively high list prices. There are a few flaws that you need to be aware of before you commit, however. The four-cylinder diesel engines are pretty noisy, and you’ll need to pay extra for air suspension to get levels of comfort and agility that stand up against the opposition.
Still, the C-Class is a credible choice if you’re after a small executive saloon as your next company car. Choose a C 220 Bluetec Sport with Airmatic suspension and you’ll be getting a well-equipped, beautifully finished car that’s comfortable on long motorway runs – and for many, that’s what an executive saloon is all about.