Recommended. An excellent luxury saloon in a competitive market.
Given the cars that it’s up against, the new C-Class had to be good.
And it really is.
We’ll start on the inside, because it’s a sublime place to be.
We tested the C200 AMG Line and that gives you a pretty special interior, courtesy of the grey leather, a £795 option.
It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it gave the cabin a real lift and added a brightness.
The entire finish inside is superb and it’s spacious. It’s modern, sleek and very clean.
As an example, Merc’s COMAND infotainment system comes courtesy of a tablet-style touchscreen, which again just makes the car feel a little bit more individual than if it was set in to the dash.
It’s a very good, high-end system, too.
This AMG Line includes sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and AMG nods around the place.
Get outside, and it’s a beauty to admire. Merc’s current design language, with big badge and wide grille, makes for a sporty look – chunky, but also sleek.
The AMG Line also gets a bodykit, 18in alloy wheels and lowered suspension.
There’s practicality, too, with lots of room inside and a big boot. It’s a really good mix of luxury, sportiness and practicality.
Performance is there in abundance as well, to match the aesthetics. We drove the 2.0-litre petrol and that’ll see you good for 62mph in 7.3 seconds, yet economy runs to 53mpg, with CO2 between 123-131g/km.
There are two 2.2 diesels, as well, which manage around 65mpg and CO2 as low as 103g/km. Plenty of impressive options.
Standard kit is plentiful and, at this price range, the new C-Class will give anyone in this market something to seriously think about, with prices running from £26,855 up to £38,120.
1. Looks fantastic.
2. Performance is excellent.
3. The cabin is an individual, luxurious place.
We don't like:
1. You won’t exactly be bathing in exclusivity.
2. It’ll be tough to choose between cars at this price range.
3. Nothing else
Most fun: Anything with the letters ‘AMG’ in the title.
Most sensible: The diesels are clean and economical.
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