There are no complaints about how comfortable and classy the Mercedes C-Class is. Some alternatives are roomier in the back, though, and keen drivers will have more fun elsewhere
The Mercedes C-Class is a premium saloon that offers great comfort and a classy interior. It’s also available as a sleek coupe, more practical estate or open-top Cabriolet, but here we’re focusing on the saloon. Alternatives include the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE.
In order to keep pace with these alternatives Mercedes gave its C-Class a light facelift for 2018. It included a slightly revised look thanks to new bumpers, as well as an overhauled infotainment system.
Gone is the old 8.4-inch display in favour of a sharper 10.25-inch item and an optional 12.3-inch screen that swaps the car’s analogue dials for digital ones. The result is a cabin that looks every bit as slick as the brilliant Audi A4.
The Mercedes C-Class isn’t far off an Audi A4 for interior quality, either. You get glossy plastics, unvarnished wood and aluminium trims across the range, but Mercedes chooses to offers man-made leather as standard rather than the real thing. Fear not, you can add real leather seats as an option.
Where the Mercedes C-Class loses out to the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series is in the rear. Its sloping roofline means that while adults of average height will be fine, taller adults will find their hair brushing on the roof lining.
Keen drivers will look to the BMW 3 Series for kicks, but those more interested in comfort and a classy interior should be test driving a Mercedes C-Class first
It’s better news in terms of comfort, because even without Mercedes’ optional air suspension fitted the C-Class managed to sponge away the lumps and bumps you’ll find littering UK roads. It’s also decently quiet inside, even up at motorway speeds.
On the subject of motorway driving, if you do a lot of it you’ll want the 2.0-litre diesel C220 d model. It’s quiet for a diesel and powerful enough to feel comfortable in town and on faster roads.
If you spend more time heading in and out of town then we’d go for the C200 petrol instead. Ok, so it only packs a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine but its built-in electric motor boosts fuel economy and performance. If you want more performance then there’s always the C300 and AMG C43 models. The 43, in particular, will sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds thanks to its 390hp V6.
All Mercedes C-Class models get a nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard and plenty of safety features designed to prevent avoidable collisions. Automatic emergency braking comes as standard, while Mercedes’ optional Driver Assistance Package allows the car to brake, accelerate and even steer for you on motorways for short periods.
You can read more in-depth info on the Mercedes C-Class in the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. You can also see how much you could save by comparing Mercedes C-Class deals.