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 is in on 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.
Traditionally, the C-Class has relied on offering a more relaxing driving experience than key executive car rivals. However, Mercedes has also given the current model one of the most eye-catching interiors in the class, with an arsenal of technology to boot.
Are such factors 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.
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