What used Mercedes C-Class sports will I get for my budget?
You’ll need to fork out about £26,000 for a C-Class Cabriolet. This should pick you up a 2016 model, petrol or diesel, with an average mileage for the year and a full service history, bought from an independent dealer. Up this to between £27,000 and £29,000 for a 2017 car with the same criteria. More than £30,000 will buy you 2017 cars from a franchised dealer and with low mileages. You’ll need around £40,000 for a C43 or C63 model.
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes C-Class sports?
On paper, the C220d is the most economical. In lower-spec Sport trim, it claims an average fuel consumption figure of 62.8mpg, with corresponding CO2 emissions of 116g/km. In AMG Line trim, consumption rises to 57.7mpg – a figure that's matched by the faster C250d. The petrols perform reasonably well, with the C200 managing a claimed 47.1mpg in Sport trim, with CO2 emissions of 136g/km. Not surprisingly, the hot AMG models struggle to get into the 30s.
Annual tax for cars registered before April 2017 are based on CO2 emissions and can be high. Those registered after that will pay the new flat rate, at £140 a year at present, but beware: cars that cost more than £40,000 new – and that’s most of them – attract an annual luxury surcharge tax.
Insurance is quite high, too, with groups ranging from 36 to 50, depending on power output. Servicing costs are likely to be high, too, but Mercedes does operate a number of pay-monthly plans you can opt into.