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The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is the stylish two-door version of the saloon with the same name. It has just two main rivals – the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5. You can read about the performance-orientated C63 Coupe in our detailed separate review.
Experts tell us that this is the best coupe the company has built for some time and much of this praise centres on the car’s looks. It gets its own distinctive styling that marks it out from the saloon – with a longer bonnet and a wider stance. A convertible C-Class Cabriolet is also offered that claims to to facilitate year-round top-down motoring thanks to its innovative Airscarf headrest heaters and Aircap wind deflector.
Inside, the Coupe’s connection to the four-door model is clear, in fact the luxury design is lifted straight from the saloon. The trade off for those eye-catching looks is a drop in interior space, but as Coupes go this is still a practical everyday car.
Standard get four engines to choose from – two 2.0-litre petrols with 184 or 245hp and a pair of 2.1-litre diesels tuned to 170 and 204hp. Performance minded buyers have the option of the mighty AMG C63 Coupe. From mid-2016, buyers will have the option of a C 43 4Matic – a four-wheel drive 367hp version that sits halfway between the standard model and the crazy C63. Buyers get three gearboxes to choose from a six-speed manual, seven-speed auto and, on top-of-the-range diesels, a nine-speed automatic.
Even in its most basic Sport trim the Coupe is not a cheap car, but it comes with a decent amount of equipment including LED headlights, sat-nav, a reversing camera, climate control, auto park and cruise control. The standard 17-inch alloy wheels look too small in proportion to the rest of the body, so the £595 19-inch wheels are an option worth going for.
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Cheapest to buy: C200 Sport petrol
Cheapest to run: C220d Sport diesel
Fastest model: C 43 4Matic petrol
Most popular: C200 Sport petrol
While few will be disappointed with the C-Class Coupe’s looks on the outside, its interior design is perhaps even smarter. It’s lifted straight from the saloon, so gets a distinctive design with sporty centrally mounted circular air vents, heavily cowled dials and a lip at the top of the dashboard that casts a shadow over the high-quality metal trim below. AMG Line models add a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel.
A seven-inch colour screen for the car’s infotainment system comes as standard and sprouts from the centre of the dashboard. Along with providing route guidance for the sat-nav, it’s used to control much of the car’s systems. It means that the dashboard sports a classic minimalist design despite the Coupe’s long list of standard equipment,.
Mercedes C-Class Coupe passenger space
Body-hugging sports seats come as standard for front-seat passengers. They provide plenty of lateral support in fast corners and feature electro-pneumatic lumbar support that firms up the backrests where needed. Both seats are on long runners meaning there is plenty of scope for increasing legroom, while reach and height adjustable steering means it’s easy to get a comfortable driving position. Visibility isn’t great though, with the front of the car (owing to its long bonnet) proving particularly tricky to judge and can make it hard to see out of junctions.
Space in the back of the Coupe is tighter than in the saloon, but there’s enough room to accommodate two adults on shorter journeys, although the small rear windows makes them feel pretty claustrophobic. Unlike in the four-door model there’s no space for a third adult, Mercedes preferring to offer two individual seats separated by a pare of integrated cupholders.
Mercedes C-Class Coupe boot space
Despite being longer and wider the new Coupe’s boot is actually 95 litres smaller than the old model’s, with a total capacity of 400 litres. As a result it is 90 litres smaller than the load bay in the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5. As with both its rivals, the Mercedes suffers from a small boot opening and a tall boot lip that make loading heavy luggage a pain.
The old C-Class Coupe’s driving experience let it down, with testers complaining of a hard ride and dynamics that felt almost exactly the same as the saloon’s. Mercedes has done a more thorough job on this new model. Its steering is quicker and weightier than the saloon’s, with testers saying the extra feel it provides gives you a better idea how much grip the front tyres have. The C-Class comes with rear-wheel drive as standard, but grippy four-wheel drive is offered on the more powerful C 43 4Matic.
All models come with an Agility Select function that allows you to choose from Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ driving modes. They let the driver adjust the weight of the steering, throttle response, suspension firmness and, in cars fitted with an automatic gearbox, the speed of gear changes.
All test cars came fitted with optional £895 Airmatic air suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels. So equipped, the C-Class is said to glide over bumps, yet offers close to the positive feel of a BMW 4 Series in corners. Worries still exist on how comfortable the car will be on standard steel springs – they have proven a little too firm in the past.
From launch the C-Class is offered with four engines split equally between petrol and diesel power. Later in the model’s life the range will be joined by a larger petrol V6 that testers reckon could be the model to go for.
Mercedes C-Class Coupe petrol engines
With its 242hp petrol engine, the C300 tops the ‘standard’ range, but is felt a little wanting in a car sitting in this price bracket. Despite the name, it’s 2.0-litres in capacity and boosted by a turbocharger to get the car from 0-62mph in six seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 155mph. However testers report that its four-cylinder design lacks the smoothness you might expect in a car like this and the noise it makes isn’t particularly appealing either.
The bonus of using a smaller engine boosted by a turbo is low running costs and the big C-Class can return respectable fuel economy of 44.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 146g/km that mean road tax sits at £145 a year.
For those after real performance who don’t want the cost or consumption of the fire-breathing AMG C63, the C 43 4Matic Coupe might be the ideal middle ground. It uses a much more sonorous 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with 367hp – enough to launch it form 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds and on to a 155mph top speed.
Nestled below the C300 is the C200. It uses the same 2.0-litre engine, but this time tuned to produce 184hp – enough to cover the 0-62mph sprint in 7.7 seconds and give the car a top speed of 147mph. The drop in performance means it’s slightly cheaper to run – fuel economy increases to 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions drop to 123g/km for annual road tax of £110.
Mercedes C-Class Coupe diesel engine
If first reviews of the C-Class Coupe are anything to go by, the more powerful of the two diesels is the engine to go for.
That’s not to say it’s without fault, reviewers complain it clatters on start up and runs out of power at higher engine speeds, but the latter of these deficiencies is well masked by the seamless shifts of the standard nine-speed automatic gearbox. The minor complaints are easily forgotten when you check out the figures – it’s almost as fast as the range-topping petrol (0-62mph takes 6.7 seconds and top speed is 153mph), yet can return fuel economy of 67.3mpg and costs just £20 a year to tax thanks to CO2 emissions of 109g/km.
The 220d is only slightly cheaper to run, getting 68.9mpg and matching the 250d’s road tax costs – irrespective of whether you choose the standard six-speed manual or optional nine-speed automatic. Even it is quick, with 0-62mph coming up in 7.8 seconds.
Sharing its underpinnings with C-Class saloon, which got a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, we can expect the Coupe to be very safe. To that end it comes as standard with all the latest features including a system that detects the driver becoming drowsy and warns them to take a break, a tyre-pressure-warning system, nine airbags and a pop up bonnet that protects pedestrians from the hard engine underneath in the event of a collision.
To boost safety still further, it is worth considering the £1,695 Driving Assistance package. It brings with it a whole host of extra equipment including active cruise control, and a blind-spot-warning system.
Excluding the C63 performance model, Mercedes C-Class Coupe buyers get two trim levels to choose from – Sport and AMG Line.
There’s also an extensive options list, which includes Premium and Premium Plus packs. For £1,695 the Premium pack adds a panoramic sunroof that lets lots of daylight into the cabin, swanky ambient lighting, keyless go and electric memory seats. Spend £2,995 on the Premium Plus pack instead and you also get a high-end Burmeister stereo and a larger eight-inch infotainment screen complete with online services.
Mercedes C-Class C 200 Coupe 4Matic
The C-Class C 200 Coupe is offered with the option of Mercedes 4Matic four-wheel-drive. This optional system offers increased traction over rear-wheel-drive-only models but will set you back an extra £1,500.
Mercedes C-Class Coupe Sport
Go for basic Sport trim and you won’t feel short changed. It comes with LED headlights, imitation leather upholstery with heated front seats, a sat-nav system complete with seven-inch screen, electrically folding mirrors and an automatic braking system. The C 300 model also features a sports exhaust system with switchable modes.
Mercedes C-Class Coupe AMG Line
AMG Line gives the Coupe a more aggressive look courtesy of an AMG body kit, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, a diamond grille with chrome pins and sports suspension that’s 15mm lower than the standard setup. Inside, there’s black ash wood trim, an AMG sports steering wheel, brushed steel pedals and black roof lining.
Testers say the new C-Class marks Mercedes’ return to its coupe-building best. The new model looks sportier than the saloon it is based upon and delivers a driving experience to rival that of a BMW 4 Series, while being more comfortable day to day. On a long-haul motorway journey it makes more sense than the BMW, too, and its cabin is arguably the nicer place to sit. Go for one of the diesel models and you’ll get all the performance you need, mixed with low running costs. With the V6 petrol still to be launched, the top-of-the-range diesel is the model we would choose.
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