Given how well equipped it is, the C-Class Coupé represents better value than its nemesis, the BMW 4 Series. There’s only one standard trim level, AMG Line (AMG models are stand-alone ‘trims’), and it gets alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, a reversing camera, leatherette upholstery, automatic emergency braking and infotainment kit such as sat-nav, DAB radio and a 10.25in rotary-controlled colour screen.
Opt for a 220d and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how kind it is to your wallet. You’ll be able to get real-world fuel economy of more than 50mpg without trying too hard and it attracts a reasonable 29% benefit-in-kind rate for company car buyers, assuming you don’t opt for four-wheel drive.
However, servicing is quite a bit more expensive than on most rivals, while insurance tends to be very competitive.
A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is standard, but Mercedes came a disappointing 26th out of 31 manufacturers tested (on overall reliability of cars more than three years old) in our latest reliability survey.
Don’t expect particularly low running costs from the AMG models, especially the 4.0-litre V8 C63 and C63 S. However, their claimed average fuel economy and emissions are better than the equivalent BMW M4.
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