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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

(2021 - present)

    Summary


    The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a medium-sized saloon and estate car that is now in its fifth generation. This version was launched in the summer of 2021, arriving in the UK later in the year.

    The previous generation C-Class was also available as a coupe and cabriolet, but replacements for these models have not yet been announced as of December 2021.

    Buyers have a wide range of engine options to choose from, with both petrol and diesel variants available and all with mild hybrid assistance. There is also a plug-in hybrid model on sale, which is available for roughly £6,000 more than the standard model.

    The C-Class has had a very positive reception from the UK media at its launch; reviews ranging from very good to excellent. Reviewers are particularly enthused by the technology and infotainment systems borrowed from the impressive S-Class. Carwow concludes, “The Mercedes C-Class is hi-tech, comfy and packed with kit, bringing S-Class luxury for a lot less cash.”

    In addition, many reviewers particularly recommend the C 300e plug-in hybrid as a company car; this model is highlighted for its impressive fuel economy and low tax rate.

    On the other hand, publications like What Car? find room for improvement. “There are more accommodating executive cars out there for boot space and passenger comfort, and many outshine it in terms of interior quality.”

    As of May 2022, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class holds an Expert Rating of 77%, based on 16 reviews published by the UK media. That’s an improvement on the previous generation, but still well behind the BMW 3 Series (84%) and Tesla Model 3 (85%). The C-Class is still a very new car, so this rating is likely to change as more local reviews are published of all the various models available.

    C-Class highlights

    • Good levels of standard equipment
    • Advanced infotainment system
    • Range of efficient engine choices
    • Comfortable interior

    C-Class lowlights

    • Rivals have more boot space
    • Alternatives have more cabin luxuries
    • Not as dynamic to drive as the BMW 3 Series
    • Interior quality doesn’t live up to Mercedes’ reputation

    Key specifications


    Body style: Mid-sized saloon and estate
    Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £38,785 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2021
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: May 2022
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 93%
    Child protection: 89%
    Vulnerable road users: 80%
    Safety assist: 82%

    The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been awarded a full five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP – this rating applies to both the saloon and estate version.

    On top of an impressive collection of scores across the board, the C-Class has also been given a Euro NCAP Advanced award for its ‘Car-to-X Communication’ system, which utilises data from other vehicles to provide an early warning, via a cloud-based service, of potential hazards in a car’s vicinity before they could otherwise be detected.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of March 2022, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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