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These days, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a seriously tough job on its hands. Not only are the brutes it has always battled with – the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series – still digging at its ribs, now the Jaguar XE has entered the fray as well. But that’s not the end of it, because you have to also consider the Audi A3 Saloon and the cheaper versions of the BMW 5 Series, as well as the non-premium competitors that can offer more for less; the Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb being good examples. Oh my, that’s a whole platoon of worthy rivals.
To help the C-Class stand out from the executive car crowd, Mercedes has given it a mild midlife refresh. While some of the changes are cosmetic, there are some impressive technological upgrades, too – most notably, a new 1.5-litre petrol engine, badged C200, that is bolstered by the addition of not only a turbocharger but also a small electric motor, making it a mild hybrid. New diesel engines aim to make the rejuvenated C-Class more refined, too, and there’s a smattering of extra equipment to make it even more competitive.
But is all this enough to tempt buyers away from all those fighting-fit alternatives? Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know if you're considering a C-Class, including which engine, trim and options to choose.
And if you decide it’s the car for you, you can even buy one for the best price via our New Car Buyer page.
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