What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes C-Class saloon?
The most obvious rival is the BMW 3 Series. Always popular, it can match the Mercedes for the sheer breadth of its range (from 316d to M3) and is a more engaging car to drive, but it can’t quite match the C-Class for comfort.
The Audi A4 is another solid rival to the C-Class and is a more practical car, with a larger boot and more space in the back seats. Again, it has a vast engine range, although the perceived interior quality is a little disappointing for an Audi and the driving position is poor on manual cars due to heavily offset pedals.
A more left-field choice is the Lexus IS 300h, introduced in 2013. Its hybrid drivetrain won’t be to all tastes, but it’s smoother and quieter than the C-Class, and has exceptional build quality and reliability.
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