Intelligent lights to car perfume: carwow’s guide to Mercedes C-Class options

The Mercedes C-Class may be entry level as far as prestige saloons are concerned, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to make it your own. The optional extras catalogue should be your starting point – and boy, do high-end cars come with some equally high-end options!

It’s easy to send yourself tickbox-mad, but discerning buyers know that there’s a wiser route through the extras list – one that not only enhances your experience as an owner but increases the car’s secondhand value when it’s time to sell and move on. Let carwow be your guide…

Essential options

Head-up display – £825

There isn’t much kit that makes everyone giggle, but head-up displays come close.

By projecting your dashboard onto the windscreen, they let you keep your eyes exactly where they should be – focused on the road. In a country where cameras hide round every corner, a head-up display might even pay for itself over the life of the car.

LED intelligent light system – £545

LED headlights are worthy additions to any car, as they benefit not only the driver, but other road users, too.

As well as providing better illumination of the road ahead, the Mercedes units add in an active element that includes adaptive high beam assist. Never again will the driver in front be cursing your beams as they blind him in the rear view mirror.

Useful options

360 degree camera – £335

Parking cameras are fast becoming the driver’s best friend – particularly those with expensive cars that they want to keep scrape-free. Now you can go one step further, with multiple views from four different cameras stitched together into a wrap-around panorama.

With an eye on each corner, you’ll park more safely – in smaller spaces – without risking damage to your pride and joy.

Metallic paint – £645

When it comes to modern German cars, you can have any colour you want – so long as its monochrome.

There are many reasons for bucking this trend (quite apart from the fact that it makes your motor easy to find in a crowded car park), so we’re pleased to see some sharper paint colours among the C-Class options. We’re taken by the Brilliant Blue, but if that’s not available on your chosen model, Cavansite Blue comes a close second.

Frivolous options

Airmatic agility package – £895

Adjustable suspension must look great on the drawing board, but it’s rarely that good in real life. Mercedes’ take on it goes a little further than a switch you’ll play with once and ignore for the rest of time, but there’s not much that the C-Class does badly enough to warrant the price of the upgrade.

Air balance package – £350

We’re still not sure why perfume dispensers in cars are a thing, much less a £350 thing. Think how many cans of Febreze that could buy…

What next?

Head over to our full aggregated Mercedes C-Class review to see what the UK’s motoring press thinks of it. Take a look at the Mercedes in our car configurator to see how much you could save on your ideal specification or, for more options, check out our deals page to see our latest discounts.

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