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Try finding an owner who doesn't think it's the best.

When Mercedes decided to revamp its rather dour C class it was responding to a gauntlet that had been thrown down by BMW and the result is a cracking car. The Mercedes C Class has a well-designed and well-made interior and the equipment levels are very generous added to a range of very efficient and frugal engines. However, the Mercedes C Class is tad pricier than many of its competitors and the smaller engines are louder than the bigger ones because of all the weight they are having to move. Some may also find that the drive is uninspired but the car does what it sets out to do very well.

Be impressed by the Mercedes C Class

Most of the models in the line-up are very impressive and make the Mercedes C Class a great all-rounder. There's no doubting that this is a Mercedes since it bears the new with the stylish grill and bumpers. The saloon, in four door version, is the most popular choice though buyers can also select the practical estate or the lovely looking coupe. There are four spec levels, three of which are AMG creations with the C63 AMG C Class being the fastest - if you like life in the fast lane then be aware that this car will reach 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

Great kit list for the C Class

As you would expect in this competitive sector, all of the models in the C Class range are very well equipped and standard kit includes things like Bluetooth connectivity, air con and alloy wheels. Of the engines, and they are two petrol and three diesel, perhaps the best choice is the C220 CDI diesel which will return around 69 mpg and emits only 117g/km of CO2. This engine will also see the car will reach 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, mainly down to its pair of turbochargers. Also fitted as standard to help boost economy on the C Class is stop-start technology. To help the Mercedes C Class win over new fans, it carries over a level of luxury few other rivals can match. Most of its influence appears to be from the impressive Mercedes S Class which also means that the car is comfortable to drive and it’s also to be a pleasure to be a passenger in. There's lots of space inside, the suspension performs well and it's an excellent car for long journeys, but especially on motorways.

More information about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Why not have a look at the Mercedes-Benz C-Class on the official Mercedes-Benz UK company web site and get the latest news about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in the UK at The UK Mercedes-Benz Owners' forum. You may also like to see what they're saying about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class on the Top Gear web site.

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However, some may find that the engines in the entry-level models may be noisier than they are expecting and the AMG sport version has a tweaked suspension which makes the ride harder than you would expect from a Mercedes. Even though there's plenty of space inside for passengers, that can’t be said for the boot which is actually smaller than many of its rivals and, quite surprisingly, the rear seats don’t fold down (this is an option though). The Mercedes C class has an awful lot going for it, including an impressive range of safety features fitted as standard such as emergency braking, active lane assistance and blind spot assistance and it’s great for long journeys – the level of comfort and quality in the cabin makes it an impressive car.

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