While the C200d struggles for pace, all other powertrains in the range offer impressively swift performance, including the rev-hungry C200 petrol. The C250d has the edge over the C220d for acceleration, but both models use different versions of the same engine and offer strong acceleration right up to the red line, and the gap in performance doesn’t really justify the C250d’s price premium.
The C300h diesel-electric hybrid turns on the performance when required and reaches 60mph in less than 7.0sec, but can also drive on electric power alone in gentle urban traffic, though its energy-harvesting brakes feel inconsistent under foot. When the diesel engine is required, it chimes in quickly.
Though we’ve yet to drive the C350e petrol-electric plug-in hybrid, its claimed acceleration figures would make it the quickest non-AMG C-Class Estate. If that’s not enough, there’s the rapid C 43, the even faster C 63 and the barmy C 63 S.