The stylish new Mercedes C-Class echoes the class of the top-of-the-range S-Class in a more manageable, and cheaper compact executive saloon and estate. Key to this image is the colour choice – an unflattering shade in the executive class can be an expensive mistake when it comes to resale values.
Whether you want to catch attention or slink around in style, our guide to the C-Class’s colours will help you pick the best one. Put either the Mercedes C-Class or Mercedes C-Class Estate in our carwow configurator to see how much you could save.
So simple it didn’t even get a name, this is a plain black that is best reserved for fleet buyers. It’s not unattractive, but a car as classy as the C-Class deserves a deep, reflective black to add an extra lustre of desirability.
Polar White (£0)
Again, this no-cost solid colour is fine for some, especially company car buyers, but white cars are as common as lamposts nowadays, so you’d likely want yours to stand out with a metallic, rich shade. It looks sharper with the AMG wheel options, but plain white just doesn’t quite cut it at this level, especially on a Mercedes.
Tenorite Grey (£645)
Not a particularly interesting colour, and one that has been used on Mercs for years. Perfect for company-car drivers who want to blend into the outside lane of the M4, but quite elegant in a restrained way. It’s not the most flattering grey offered on the C-class, because the other grey option shows the car’s shapes a little better.
Obsidian Black (£645)
Just that bit more elegant a shade of black than the free solid black offering, so it’s worth the extra especially on a car like this. It makes the sporty-looking AMG-Line models (and eventually the super-fast AMG-engined model) look that bit more menacing and aggressive. A very macho colour and car. Difficult to keep clean though.
Diamond Silver (£645)
A surprisingly interesting shade of silver that we’ve seen on Mercedes for a couple of years now. It’s very shiny and has a very light blue hue to it, so it’s more special than the huge amount of plain silver cars about, and it’s really flattering to the car’s lines. It looks especially good with the glass roof option, and with red leather inside. This is the colour Mercedes shows off most in its adverts and press materials.
Palladium Silver (£645)
A darker grey than Tenorite and a less interesting silver than Diamond, this is another very common colour across the Mercedes range, and therefore not one for those who want to stand out. It’s classy and business-like, however, so again perfect for company cars. Makes lower-spec models with no chrome and small wheels look quite drab.
Iridium Silver (£645)
Yet another silver, and again not as stand-out as the Diamond one. It’s back to plain, light silver, again not flattering the car’s lines, and you could be forgiven for not noticing it’s the 2014 C-Class. OK for fleet buyers again though, and residual values will probably hold firm with this shade.
Cavansite Blue (£645)
Easy to read as ‘Caravan Site Blue’, this is in fact a fairly nice and classy dark blue, again not particularly extrovert but more interesting than the 50 shades of grey offered by Mercedes. It doesn’t really pull off ‘menace’ like the Obsidian black, however.
Hyacinth Red ‘Designo’ (£845)
Probably the rarest Mercedes colour around. Not because it’s ghastly; it’s actually quite an interesting and stylish light Burgundy, and only seen on the newer and more expensive models. It’s rare because it costs more, and also because more cautious buyers are worried it may affect residuals. Don’t write it off, however, because we think it looks great and will add a real sense of exclusivity to your car.
Diamond White (£845)
At first glance this is not much different from the Polar white offering, but look more carefully under sunlight and you can see Mercedes have used a special five-layer system that gives it an almost satin sheen. It’s bolder, classier and just makes your C-Class look that bit more expensive. If you’re set on white and willing to spend, go for this one.
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Put either the Mercedes C-Class or Mercedes C-Class Estate in our carwow configurator to see the discounts on offer. Read our full Mercedes C-Class review section for more photos, statistics, reviewers’ opinions and more.