The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is a slick-looking executive two-door with a smart interior, but the back seats are pretty cramped and the boot isn’t particularly big
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is a stylish executive car with a wide range of engines and a slick interior with plenty of high-tech features. If practicality is high on your list of priorities, you can also get it as a bigger four-door saloon or a much roomier estate.
To help the C-Class Coupe keep up with the likes of the new Audi A5 and the latest BMW 4 Series, it was updated in 2018 with a couple of new engines and some subtly redesigned bumpers.
Inside, this latest model also gets a massively improved infotainment system. Gone is the old car’s 8.4-inch display, replaced by a crisper, brighter and easier-to-read 10.25-inch screen. If that still sounds a little small, you can get a larger 12.3-inch display instead of conventional analogue dials that makes the C-Class Coupe feel very nearly as modern inside as the futuristic Audi A5.
Look past these fancy displays and you’ll spot plenty of smart glossy black trims, brushed aluminium and unvarnished wood that make the Mercedes C-Class Coupe’s interior look every bit as fancy as its exterior. Even the man-made leather seats you get as standard feel almost as good as the real thing.
Unfortunately, the Mercedes C-Class Coupe’s practicality can’t quite match some alternatives. Its rather cramped back seats mean tall passengers won’t be as comfy as in the likes of the 4 Series or A5 and the Mercedes’ boot is slightly smaller than what you get in the Audi and BMW, too. At least you can fold the back seats down to carry particularly long luggage, however.
You’ll struggle to find an angle that doesn’t make the C-Class Coupe look great – well, besides the view from the dark and dingy back seats, that is…
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe starts to claw back some points when you go for a drive. It’s more comfortable than the A5 and 4 Series – even without the optional air suspension – and you won’t hear a great deal of wind or tyre noise at motorway speeds.
Speaking of which, go for a C220d diesel version if you do lots of long journeys – it’s very quiet, fast enough to easily overtake slow-moving traffic and relatively cheap to run. If you spend more time driving in town, go for a C200 petrol hybrid. This comes with a built-in electric motor for improved performance and reduced fuel consumption.
For performance to match the coupe’s slick looks, you’ll want a C300 petrol or an even faster AMG C43 that’ll accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds.
Whichever engine you choose, you get a smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard, alongside plenty of high-tech safety features that’ll help prevent avoidable accidents – including adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.
Together, these features help make the Mercedes C-Class Coupe very relaxing to drive, and a worthy alternative to the likes of the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 – especially if comfort is your main focus.