Mercedes has brought the price of entry-level CLCs down below £20,000, but it’s still not a cheap car to buy – there are plenty of better-value three-door hatches out there. Running costs aren’t too bad, however. All three engines average around 40mpg.
Mercedes-Benz CLC Hatchback quality & reliability
Cabin quality is another area where you might be disappointed, even though the CLC is at the cheaper end of the Mercedes scale. Most of the interior plastics have a budget feel, and the air-con controls are clunky. Mercedes consistently achieves mid-table obscurity in our reliability surveys, which is disappointing for a prestige brand, but the CLC rated highly for quality and reliability in the 2011 JD Power survey.
Mercedes-Benz CLC Hatchback safety & security
Stability control comes as standard to help you remain stable on the road, and six airbags are provided to keep you from harm if you can't. There are also ISOFIX anchorage points to keep child seats wedged firmly in place. However, there are no deadlocks, because Mercedes believes they hinder rescue efforts after a crash.