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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe review

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28 Nov 2016 12:05 | Last updated: 20 Sep 2018 15:10

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

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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Verdict

The Mercedes C-Class Coupé is good to drive and a comfortable and well-equipped alternative to the BMW 4 Series

  • Comfortable on air suspension
  • Well-judged ride and handling
  • Smart-looking interior
  • Petrol C300 is lacklustre
  • Lazy-shifting gearboxes
There are 3 trims available for the C-Class coupe. Click to see details.See all versions
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AMG Line
This is the only trim level available on ‘regular’ the C-Class Coupé and comes loaded with kit. You get 18in alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, a reversing camera, leatherette upholstery, automa...View trim
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AMG
If you jump to the ‘baby’ V8 model, you get distinctive 18in alloy wheels, more aggressive styling, a limited-slip differential, Multibeam LED headlights, a 12.3in digital instrument cluster, nappa...View trim
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AMG S
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