The Mercedes C-Class is a comfortable premium saloon with a high-quality interior and a range of economical engines, but alternatives are roomier and have better infotainment systems.
The Mercedes C-Class is a premium saloon that’s comfortable and comes with a classy interior. You can also get it as a more practical estate model, as a stylish Coupe or as a drop-top Cabriolet if you fancy something a bit sportier.
If you’re looking for a car that’ll lap up long motorway journeys in style and comfort, the Mercedes C-Class makes a great choice. It’s relaxing to drive and comes with a much more interesting cabin than the likes of the rather predictable Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE.
From some angles, you could say the Mercedes C-Class it looks like a scaled-down E-Class, but that’s no bad thing. Its design sticks to the less-is-more approach, so it looks more mature than the needlessly fussy BMW 3 Series and much more elegant than the angular Audi A4.
This theme continues inside. The Mercedes C-Class’ uncluttered cabin is laid out simply and neatly so everything’s easy to reach. You get plenty of posh interior trims that you won’t find in alternatives, too – including some gorgeous unvarnished wood inserts.
Sadly, it’s not all good news. The Mercedes’ infotainment system doesn’t have as many features as the one in a BMW and it isn’t quite as easy to use. At least it looks pretty slick, especially if you pay extra for the optional widescreen display which replaces the standard analogue dials.
The Mercedes C-Class is one of the classiest small saloons around. It looks great, feels lovely inside and drives nicely, too
Another area where the Mercedes lags behind the BMW is practicality. Sure, there’s plenty of space for you to stretch out in the front, but tall passengers in the back will find their heads touch the ceiling more than in the 3 Series. You won’t have trouble carrying luggage through, because the Mercedes’ boot is just as spacious as the BMW’s and the Audi’s.
It’s a shame then that the Mercedes C-Class isn’t as much fun to drive as these cars. It does iron out bumps nicely around town, though, and it cruises quietly on the motorway – especially if you pick an economical 2.0-litre diesel model.
These versions also come with an automatic gearbox as standard, but it’s not quite as responsive as the one you can get in the BMW. It still changes gear nice and smoothly at slow speeds which helps make it nice and relaxing to drive around town.
You can also rest easy knowing it comes with plenty of safety technology as standard, too, and you can get a high-tech cruise control system that’ll brake, accelerate and even steer for you on motorways.
This kit costs extra, but it helps make the Mercedes C-Class one of the most relaxing premium saloon cars to travel in. Check out our Mercedes C-Class deals to see how much you can save on one.