What used Mercedes-Benz 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. You’ll need upwards of £15,000 at the time of writing to secure a car from this generation, though; anything around or below that figure will only get you examples with very high mileages. Spend between £16,000 and £20,000 and you could find yourself with an immaculate 2016 C220 d Sport, our chosen trim, with an average mileage from an independent dealer. To check out what you should be paying for one, try our free valuation tool here.
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, equating to a decently low company car tax liability and zero road tax if the car was registered before April 2017. The most popular model, the C220 d, can claim 70.6mpg in some versions – almost a match for the C200 d’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.
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.