2021 Mercedes C-Class verdict and specs

The all-new Mercedes C-Class is vying for executive car honours, so can it beat the class leaders?...

Mercedes C-Class front corner

Full pricing and UK specifications for the Mercedes C-Class are still being finalised, but expect a generous level of standard equipment, including the large infotainment system and rear-view camera, LED headlights, leather trim with heated front seats, wireless phone-charging and blind-spot monitoring. There’s also automatic emergency braking (AEB), and a central airbag to stop front-seat occupants bashing their heads together in a collision. 

The drop in interior plushness and the fact that the C-Class still trails key rivals in terms of outright practicality means it won’t have an easy time of it, though. The Audi A4 is more spacious and far plusher inside, while the class-leading BMW 3 Series matches those traits and adds a big dollop of driver appeal. With the Tesla Model 3 appealing to those with an eye on their bank balance, the C-Class fails to rise to the top of the class.

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specification: Mercedes C-Class C220d AMG Line Premium Plus

Price £45,000 (est) Engine 1993cc, 4cyl, diesel Power 197bhp @ 3600rpm Torque 325lb ft @ 1800-2800rpm Gearbox Nine-speed automatic 0-62mph 7.3sec Top speed 152mph Official economy 48.0mpg (combined WLTP) CO2, tax band 130g/km, 30%