What's the used Mercedes C-Class coupe like?
You know how it goes. You want a sporty-looking car that's smart enough to impress passers-by, rather than some staid four-door saloon, but you still have the occasional need for four seats. You also want a car that’s good to drive and carries a premium badge.
Step forward the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé. This handsome devil is more than just a two-door version of the C-Class executive saloon; great steps have been made to make its behaviour and driveability as good as its looks promise. It has a different front suspension set-up, for one, as well as a lower ride height and revised steering. It also offers air suspension – and seeing as this makes a difference to the car’s on-road behaviour, we’d strongly recommend seeking out a car that has it fitted.
The C-Class Coupé is available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines, and three high-performance AMG models are sold, too: the C43, C63 and C63 S.
The petrol units are 2.0-litre engines with 181bhp (the C200) and 241bhp (the C300). The diesels are 2.1-litre engines with 168bhp (the C220d) and 201bhp (the C250d). The range was refreshed in 2018, with a 1.6-litre 154bhp petrol added to the line-up (the C180) and the older diesel replaced by a new 2.0-litre engine with 191bhp (the C220d) or 242bhp (the C300d).
There are two trim levels on the C-Class Coupé. Sport is well equipped despite being the cheaper option; it gets you 17in alloys, automatic lights and wipers, parking sensors, a rear-view camera, cruise control, air conditioning and a 7.0in-screen infotainment system featuring sat-nav, a DAB radio, USB connection and Bluetooth. AMG Line adds mostly style upgrades, as well as uprated brakes and firmer suspension.
On the road, the C-Class Coupé is classy and composed. The most popular engines are the diesels, which offer plenty of mid-range grunt as well as reasonable economy. The older 2.1-litre engine in both C220d and C250d forms can sound a little gruff when cold and under hard acceleration, but it settles into a quieter rhythm at higher speeds. The later 2.0-litre engine is much more refined and feels effortlessly flexible on the road. By contrast, the lower-powered petrol, the C200, is a little short of low-down shove, and the swift C300 always sounds a little coarse. The sporting AMG models are all quick and satisfying with it. The C43 is a twin-turbocharged V6 hoot, while the V8-engined C63 and 63 S are both tremendous fun, if a little bit of a handful on a wet road.
The C-Class Coupé rides well, too, although it's better on the optional air suspension, which transforms the driving experience. You can keep it soft or stiffen it up at the flick of a switch to reduce body lean in corners. The rival BMW 4 Series Coupé is sweeter-handling, but the C-Class Coupé still turns in to corners keenly, and its steering weights up predictably.
You’re unlikely to be disappointed with the interior, either. The sports seats are supportive and comfortable and include adjustable lumbar support as standard, while the dashboard looks smart, with a tactile blend of materials and finishes. Some might not like the way the 7.0in infotainment screen looks tacked-on, rather than integrated, and the system takes some getting used to with its overly complex menus and controls, but the graphics are crisp and there's all the functionality you could want, including sat-nav, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and full connectivity for your smartphone or MP3 player.
There’s plenty of space for the driver and front passenger, but the two in the rear will be a little cramped if they’re tall. Some rival cars are fractionally roomier. Likewise, the C-Class Coupé's boot isn’t as big as some, but there’s enough for a couple of suitcases and some extras.