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.