What used Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon?
There are so many different versions and so many examples in various states of repair that you can more or less spend as little or as much as you want on one.
Early cars can be picked up for a couple of grand, but this will only get you a high-mileage car in basic spec without air-con. If you can afford to spend around a few grand more, you'll get a much better car for your money.
Fuel economy isn't terrific and lags behind that of the equivalent BMW 3 Series; no car in the range will beat 40mpg. The C220 diesel will give you 39.2mpg, while the much better turbodiesel will give 35.3mpg. Our favourite C200 gives 30.1mpg, only a fraction behind the most frugal petrol engine.