You get a good variety of engines in the Mercedes C-Class Coupe, from a frugal 1.5-litre petrol to a twin-turbo V6, but whichever one you pick you’ll find alternatives more fun to drive
Entry-level Mercedes C-Class Coupe C200 models come with a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a mild-hybrid system that uses a small electric motor to improve acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. It’s your best bet if you do lots of driving around town because it’s impressively smooth and very quiet. Mercedes claims it’ll return 46.3mpg, although you can expect to see closer to 40mpg in normal driving conditions.
If you spend more time on the motorway, you should consider a C220d diesel version instead. This 194hp 2.0-litre engine produces very little noise at 70mph and it’s fast enough to keep up with fast-moving traffic. It’ll return around 50mpg in normal driving conditions – slightly less than Mercedes’ claimed 61.4mpg. If you live somewhere hard to reach in icy winter weather, C200 models also come with the option of 4Matic four-wheel drive.
The C-Class Coupe feels about as athletic as a sports jacket – i.e. not very. Thankfully, it’s very comfortable and hugely relaxing to drive
If you want something with more performance, the AMG-tuned C43 model with a 390hp twin-turbo V6 that’ll cover the same sprint in just 4.7 seconds. If this still sounds a little slow, just wait until the V8 AMG C63 with more than 470hp goes on sale.
Whichever engine you pick, you get a smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard. It doesn’t jerk at slow speeds and changes gear smoothly when you accelerate hard, but it doesn’t respond to the shift paddles as quickly as the automatic ‘boxes you get in the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5.
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is more comfortable than most small executive saloons so it’s more at home cruising along a motorway than storming down an empty country road. You won’t hear much wind or tyre noise at speed and it irons out bumps and potholes impressively well around town – even without the optional air suspension.
Sure, the Mercedes doesn’t feel as sporty as the BMW and it leans slightly more in tight corners, but sportier C43 models still feel pretty nimble and will have no trouble putting a big grin on your face on a spirited Sunday afternoon drive.
Around town, however, things are a little less grin-inducing because the Mercedes C-Class Coupe isn’t particularly easy to see out of. You can thank its narrow windscreen, thick rear pillars and small side windows for that.
Thankfully, you get a reversing camera as standard, so at least the C-Class Coupe’s relatively easy to park. Sadly, you can’t get a surround-view camera system to help you avoid scraping the Mercedes’ alloy wheels on tall kerbs.
What you do get, however, is automatic emergency braking to help prevent avoidable low-speed collisions, and adaptive cruise control to help you maintain a safe distance to cars in front.
Pay extra for the Driving Assistance pack, and you’ll get a bunch of extra features including blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assist and a more comprehensive cruise control feature. The latter will accelerate, brake and even steer for you on motorways – so long as you keep your hands on the steering wheel.
The C-Class saloon – on which the coupe is based – received a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP back in 2014 and these new safety features should help make this latest Mercedes C-Class Coupe model a very safe executive coupe.