Which used Mercedes C-Class saloon should I buy?
It’s best to avoid the early C180 and C200 petrol models – they were a touch underpowered and very thirsty. Much better replacements came in the shape of the supercharged 1.8-litre C180K and C200K with 143bhp and 163bhp respectively. Although they sound a little rough on the ear compared with more modern engines, they’re powerful and frugal.
Initially, the only diesel option was the five-cylinder 2.7-litre C270 CDI, but in 2004 a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine was introduced in C200 CDI and C220 CDI forms, with the latter the pick of the bunch. The range-topping 3.0-litre V6 diesel was launched in 2005.
Basic cars, called Classic, were not too badly equipped for their time, coming with air-conditioning, a CD player and electronic stability control as standard. However, if you want alloy wheels or other niceties, you’re best tracking down an Avantgarde model.
You’re also best looking for an automatic car. Not only does the market prefer automatics in a Mercedes, this gearbox is a far better match for the awkward foot-operated parking brake than the manual, which also has something of a slow, heavy shift action.
Our favourite used Mercedes C-Class: C220 CDI Avantgarde auto