What used Mercedes C-Class saloon will I get for my budget?
The C-Class has enjoyed considerable success in the UK over the years, so there are plenty of examples to choose from. Indeed high mileage ones can be bought for under £10,000, and there are plenty of those around, but we'd recommend spending upwards of that to secure an early car with an average mileage for the year, and a full service history. You’ll need upwards of £12,000 to secure a car from 2016, though. Spend between £13,000 and £15,000 and you could find yourself with an immaculate 2017 C220d Sport, our chosen trim, with an average mileage from an independent dealer, or up the wedge to between £16,000 and £18,000 for a decent model of the same age with more equipment or a larger engine. Meanwhile, you'll need around £20,000 for a 2018 car.
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes C-Class saloon?
Once bought, running costs should be reasonable. The diesels are the most economical, with the hybrid version recording an official claimed figure of 134.5mpg, under the older NEDC tests, equating to zero road tax if the car was registered before April 2017. The most popular model, the C220d, can claim 70.6mpg in some versions – almost a match for the C200d’s top score of 72.4mpg. The C200 petrol-engined car can produce a claimed figure of 53.3mpg, depending on wheel and tyre size, for a CO2 output of 123g/km, which is respectable for a car of this type and performance.
Again, all figures for mpg are based on the older NEDC tests. Under the more stringent WLTP tests, the C200d averages 61.4mpg, the C220d 55.4mpg, the C300d 47.9mpg, and the petrols C180 43.5mpg, the C200 44.1mpg, the C300 40.4mpg.
Cars registered before the tax changes of April 2017 came into force will pay the annual car tax (VED) according to CO2 emissions, while those registered after that date will pay a flat rate, currently £145 a year. Be warned, though, if your C-Class cost over £40,000 new, it will then attract a supplementary luxury car tax.
Servicing costs for the C-Class can be expensive, as can replacement parts, but there is a pay-monthly service plan available to safeguard against prohibitive costs. At the time of writing, such plans are available from around £27 per month and guarantee the cost of parts and labour for up to three services.
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