Mercedes-Benz C-Class review

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10 Dec 2015 12:01 | Last updated: 10 Oct 2018 16:43

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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, but 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.

However, the C-Class fights back with an affordable mild hybrid alternative to diesel power. This uses a 1.5-litre petrol engine, badged C200, that is bolstered by the addition of not only a turbocharger but also a small electric motor. There are also more performance-orientated petrol engines and plenty of diesel options for the high-mileage driver.

Read on to find out all 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 Buying service.

 

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There are 13 trims available for the C-Class saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
OUR PICK
SE
Entry-level trim is well equipped, with sat-nav, cruise control, climate control, heated front seats, artificial leather seats and automatic headlights and wipers all standard. As a result, it’s th...View trim
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£26,083
Average Saving £2,957
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SE Executive Edition
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£27,242
Average Saving £3,093
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Sport
This trim gives you larger alloy wheels, sports seats and lowered suspension. You can also specify the optional Premium or Premium Plus packages – something you can’t do with SE. Given that it cost...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid, Petrol
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£27,869
Average Saving £3,166
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OUR PICK
SE
Entry-level trim is well equipped, with sat-nav, cruise control, climate control, heated front seats, artificial leather seats and automatic headlights and wipers all standard. As a result, it’s th...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£28,078
Average Saving £2,442
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S
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
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£28,955
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AMG Line
Based on Sport, this trim brings stiffer suspension, even sportier seats, more aggressive bodystyling and even larger wheels. You also get some smart open-grain wood inserts that rather lift the in...View trim
Fuel Diesel/Electric Hybrid, Diesel, Petrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid, Petrol
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£29,247
Average Saving £3,323
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Sport
This trim gives you larger alloy wheels, sports seats and lowered suspension. You can also specify the optional Premium or Premium Plus packages – something you can’t do with SE. Given that it cost...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
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£29,592
Average Saving £2,578
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AMG Line
Based on Sport, this trim brings stiffer suspension, even sportier seats, more aggressive bodystyling and even larger wheels. You also get some smart open-grain wood inserts that rather lift the in...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£30,964
Average Saving £2,701
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Nightfall Edition
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£36,680
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AMG
The sporty AMG range – including the C43 and upcoming C63 and C63 S – features appropriately aggressive bodystyling, artificial leather on the dashboard, lots of red stitching, red seatbelts, a bes...View trim
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£43,866
Average Saving £1,994
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AMG
The sporty AMG range – including the C43 and upcoming C63 and C63 S – features appropriately aggressive bodystyling, artificial leather on the dashboard, lots of red stitching, red seatbelts, a bes...View trim
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£48,363
Average Saving £1,312
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AMG S
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£64,292
Average Saving £4,873
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AMG S
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£72,126
Average Saving £3,282
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