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Mercedes C-Class (07 - 14) review

(2007 - 2014)
Mercedes C-Class (07 - 14)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes-Benz 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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What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon?

Mercedes C-Class (07 - 14)
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Verdict

The Mercedes C-Class came of age with this version – it's much better built than the previous model and more comfortable than the rival 3 Series and Audi A4.

  • Smart styling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Broad engine range
  • Solid build quality
  • Not as sharp to drive as a BMW 3 Series
  • Rear seat space is tight