Even seriously long-legged drivers should have no problem getting comfortable behind the wheel of the Mercedes C-Class. There’s plenty of adjustment to the driver’s seat (including electric adjustment of the seat height and backrest angle on all models), and the steering wheel moves a long way in and out as well as up and down.
The relatively few buttons on the dashboard are within easy reach and are simple to use, while everything else is controlled via a fairly intuitive rotary controller and touchpad down by your left thigh.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class visibility
You get a good view out of the front of the C-Class, and it’s easy to position the car’s extremities. Like in many small saloons, however, the thick rear pillars and relatively small rear window mean it can be tricky to see over your shoulder.
A reversing camera is fitted to every model, while front and rear parking sensors and a self-parking system are standard from mid-level Sport versions upwards.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class infotainment
Every C-Class gets a 7.0in colour screen mounted nice and high up on the dashboard, controlled by a dial and touchpad positioned between the front seats. Most of the time, though, you’re better off sticking with just the dial, because it’s quicker and easier to use on the move.
It’s worth noting, though, that there are two distinct grades of sat-nav system on the C-Class. You get a relatively crude Garmin system as standard on Sport and AMG Line editions – but it feels like it’s running as an ‘app’ on top of the regular Mercedes infotainment system. The company’s own Comand system is easier to use and much slicker – although it comes only as an option, complete with a larger, higher-resolution display.
A digital radio is standard on all models, as are two USB sockets in the centre console. An upgraded Burmester sound system is an optional extra on all but entry-level SE models.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class build quality
This is where the Mercedes C-Class really shines, because every interior surface looks and feels a level above what you’ll find in a BMW 3 Series, although the Audi A4 is similarly classy.
Most of the C-Class's buttons and switches feel reassuringly solid and well damped, while high-end AMG Line models are classier still, thanks to dashboards wrapped in imitation leather.