What Car? says...
These days, the Mercedes C-Class has a seriously tough job on its hands. It may be one of the most established names in the executive car class, but it has to compete with a broader spread of rivals than ever before.
For decades, it's faced off against the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series and continues to do so today, but there are also plenty of other upmarket saloons to choose from, including the Jaguar XE and Volvo S60.
And that’s not the end of it, because if you aren't overly fussed about a posh badge, some mainstream alternatives, including the Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb, seemingly offer more for less. The all-electric Tesla Model 3 is also likely to be on the radar of many potential buyers.
So, why might you choose the C-Class? Well, other than the way it looks and its glitzy interior, there are certainly lots of engines to choose from, ranging from a relatively model 1.5-litre petrol (called the C200) right the way up to a roaring 503bhp V8. We cover the latter in detail in our separate C63 AMG review, but over the next few pages we'll walk you through the other engines worth considering, including the spectacularly efficient C300 e and C300 de plug-in hybrid models.
We'll also tell you which trim levels make the most financial sense and explain the car's strength and weaknesses. And when you're done researching, head over to our New Car Buying service to find out how much you could save on any new car, including the Mercedes C-Class.
At a glance
|Number of trims||6 see more|
|Number of engines||8 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||diesel, diesel/plugin elec hybrid, hybrid, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||188.3 - 55.4|
|Avaliable doors options||4|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£898 / £5,780|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,796 / £11,561|
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