Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Mercedes Benz has raised the bar and made their premium Medium exciting again; the C Class has always been targeted to the more 'mature' buyers, but no longer! They've flared the wheel arches, sharpened the lines and incorporated a bold front fascia akin to the top-of-the-range S Class Limousine.

If you've ever been driving with the windows down and heard something similar to a V8 supercar it’s most definitely the Mercedes Benz C Class C63 AMG (it’s one of our favourite cars at the moment - a competitor to BMW M3 and Lexus IS-F). The C63 AMG is a combination of Beauty and the Beast; it will happily drive like a daily driver, but when the right foot gets a bit heavy, it will wake every living creature...
Not so good Not too much to critique on the design of the C Class; the rear overhang could be smaller (in our opinion, anyway) but if they extended the wheelbase it would have an impact on ride & handling and by shortening the boot that would compromise luggage space?
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The inside of the C Class has a warm, classy feel; the quality of the fit & finish has improved and it’s the little touches that will really impress you. The passenger footwell has a small storage net for holding unopened drinks, or a handbag, or anything you would usually have floating around on the interior floor.
Not so good Some might find the interior a little understated - but if you're changing over from an Audi/BMW/Lexus you should feel quite content. The cruise control is still an oddly placed stick behind the steering wheel?
Performance

Performance

Good An array of excellent engines to choose from: 4 Petrol engines include 2 Turbocharged 1.8 -litre four-cylinder's (C200 CGI & C250 CGI), a 3.0-litre V6 (C300) and the fire breathing 6.2 Litre V8 (C63 AMG).

For the Diesel buyer, choose from the BlueEFFICIENCY 2.1-litre (C220 CDI) or the 3.0-litre V6 (C350 CDI).

The four-cylinder engines use a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission and the V6 and C63 are matched to the 7-speed 7G-Tronic transmission. For those chasing excellent fuel economy the C220 CDI only consumes 6.3 litres per 100km on the combined cycle whilst offering impressive get up and go.
Not so good There’s nothing negative about the performance of the C Class; depending on which engine you choose they all have ample performance figures and good fuel economy!?
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Great responsive steering system - so good it may take a few minutes to get used to the preciseness of it. The Wagon handles as well as like the Sedan, so if you’re after more luggage room or a seat for the dog, we recommend the stylish 'Estate' (Wagon).

The ride is very smooth; the C Class’ long wheelbase soaks up the bumps and keeps body roll to a minimum during cornering.
Not so good The ride and handling has been improved considerably from the previous model and it’s as much of a joy to drive as its rival 3 Series BMW (which in the past was always the better handling choice of the two).
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Good value for the features you get. One of the best driving cars in its segment; its design is versatile enough for young and mature drivers alike. Servicing costs aren’t out of this world and Mercedes Benz pride themselves on customer service.
Not so good There are other vehicles in this price range that come standard with more features and ZING! (Excluding the C63 AMG of course!).