Review: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016)
Elegant and sleek styling. Beautifully judged balance of ride quality and handling. Incredibly refined at high speed. All models get navigation and heated seats. 4Matic available.
Rear space is as tight as you'd expect.
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016): At A Glance
- New prices start from £32,330, brokers can source from £23,397
- Contract hire deals from £262.75 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 31–50
- On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure
When it comes to desirability, few cars can match the new C-Class Coupe. In taking design cues from the luxury S-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Benz has come up with a much sleeker look for this generation. That swooping rear end also means the Coupe now stands out from the standard C-Class saloon far more than previously.
It's certainly more distinctive and also better to drive. It sits on a totally new platform that's shared with the C-Class. You get the same level of comfort as the four-door saloon but the C-Class Coupe has a bespoke suspension and steering set-up.
The result is a car that blends ride comfort and handling ability together superbly well. So the C-Class Coupe is as effortless on the motorway as it is when tackling tight bends. Much of that is down to a new steering system which gives a more natural feel than before with better weight.
With a low centre of gravity and stiffer suspension, as well as the traditional rear-wheel drive (and four-wheel drive) Mercedes-Benz set-up, the C-Class Coupe handles very well, inspiring plenty of confidence in its ability, all the time offering unflustered performance. This is no frantic racer, rather a refined and effortless coupe.
While it's a two-seater, the C-Class Coupe is still practical with a decent boot and plenty of storage. There's also lots of cabin room for the front passengers, although the rear seats are a pretty token addition, although you can fit a car seat in.
The interior is a huge step up from the old C-Class Coupe with the button-heavy layout replaced by a sleek and minimalist design with a high quality finish. It's far more the kind of premium cabin you'd expect from a Mercedes-Benz.
Similarly the engine range is impressive. The C 200 is the entry-level model and with 184PS from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, along with a new six-speed manual gearbox, it offers more than enough zest to make the C-Class Coupe fun to drive. The diesels are excellent too - especially the C 250 d which comes with a 9G-Tronic automatic as standard - yet offers low emissions and impressive economy, almost 70mpg according to the official figures.
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016): What's It Like Inside?
Along with a new look on the outside, perhaps the biggest change to this C-Class Coupe is the interior. Mercedes-Benz has addressed the criticisms of the previous model and the result is a cabin that's modern, stylish and has a high-quality feel to it. This is much more like the premium interior you'd expect of a Mercedes-Benz.
So gone is the angular design and clunky, button-heavy centre console to be replaced by a much more appealing and up-to-date look. There are some nice design details like the three circular air vents and just below a tactile row of metal buttons. The analogue clock set into the dash is another neat touch.
We're still not bowled over by the Comand system which isn't the most intuitive system around, nor the best looking. But it is controlled by a beautifully crafted dial that also includes a touchpad integrated on top.
This lets you navigate through various functions and recognises smartphone-type gestures such as pinching and swiping. You can also use it to write in letters and numbers. It's not new - Audi was the first to introduce such a system and BMW have followed - but the Mercedes touchpad looks great and is easy to use.
Like much of the interior, the dial controller comes with a metal finish around the edge, something you'll also find around the door speakers, air vents and most of the important buttons and switches. It gives the C-Class Coupe an upmarket feel that's similar to that of the luxury S-Class.
The driving position is perfect with a low slung seat and lots of adjustment in both the seat and steering column. The centre console flows seamlessly into an armrest which provides useful storage plus there are two good sized cupholders and large door pockets. It may be a two-door but the C-Class Coupe is not lacking in storage.
The rear seats are as cramped as you'd expect of a car like this. With any tall(ish) driver in front, rear legroom all but disappears. However, you can get a car seat in there - even a 360 rotating Group 0+ model - although it is quite a squeeze and back breaking to get your little one in and out.
The boot is surprisingly useful though with a large opening and 400 litres of cargo space. That may be less than a 4 Series and an Audi A5, but in every day use it's just as practical. The rear seats can be easily folded down thanks to handles in the boot, but if you have something large or bulky to carry, these handles can actually get in the way.
Sport comes with LED headlights and tail-lights, Active Park Assist, PARKTRONIC parking sensors, a reversing camera, sports seats with ARTICO upholstery including heated front seats, 7-inch colour screen, Garmin navigation, electrically folding mirrors and Collision Prevention Assist Plus automatic braking system. There is also a gloss black interior trim with aluminium inlays in the doors, 17-inch alloy wheels and a diamond grille with black-painted pins. The C 300 features as standard a sports exhaust system with switchable sound.
AMG Line includes black ash wood trim, an AMG sports steering wheel with flat bottom, brushed steel sports pedals and a black roof lining. The exterior features an AMG bodystyling kit, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, a diamond grille with chrome pins and 15mm lowered sports suspension.
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What's the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016) like to drive?
This C-Class Coupe heralds a big change for Mercedes-Benz in terms of handling. It's based on a completely new platform but perhaps the biggest difference between this and the previous version is a new steering system. It offers a much more natural feel than before along with better weight.
It may only be a small change in the grand scheme of things but it makes a big difference to the way the C-Class Coupe drives. It's far more enjoyable through bends and now rewardingly flows from corner to corner. It's especially good at higher speeds so on a sweeping A road, it's easy to make very quick yet effortless progress.
Body roll is kept well in check thanks to a low centre of gravity, long wheelbase and firmer suspension. Opt for an AMG Line model and the suspension is even lower - down by 15mm. Yes the ride is certainly on the sporty side, but it's still very comfortable, even on poor quality road surfaces. Mercedes-Benz has managed that rare feat of balancing ride comfort with responsive handling.
Like all Mercedes-Benz cars, the C-Class Coupe is of course rear-wheel drive, similar to one of its main rivals, the BMW 4 Series. The BMW may still have the edge for outright handling, but the C-Class Coupe is not far behind. And like its rivals, the Mercedes-Benz is available with four-wheel drive, called 4Matic.
Mercedes-Benz has given the C-Class Coupe a new six-speed manual gearbox which is standard on the C 200 and C 220 d. It's a revelation compared to its predecessor, with a smoother and less springy feel, making the C-Class much nicer to drive at slower speeds.
The engine range echoes the C-Class saloon with the cheapest model the C 200 petrol with the aforementioned six-speed manual gearbox. For another £1500 you can choose the 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox. Alongside this is the C 300 which, despite the badge, is actually powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the C 200, only with power boosted to 245PS and a 0-62mph time of just 6.0 seconds.
There are of course the high performance AMG versions with the C 63 AMG sitting at the top of the range. Powered by a 4.0-litre V8, this thunderous model delivers a mammoth 476PS and will accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.0 seconds.
If you can't stretch to the £60k plus of the C 63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz does offers a sort of half way house in the form of the C 43 AMG. Again the badge is somewhat baffling as it's actually fitted with a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with 376PS and 520Nm of torque.
The majority of C-Class Coupe models will be diesels though. There's the C 220 d and the C 250 d, both powered by the same 2.1-litre common-rail engine. In our opinion, the C 250 d with 204PS is the perfect match for the C-Class Coupe providing strong pace when needed along with good economy - 67.3mpg according to the official figures. Emissions are impressively low at 109g/km making it a good choice for company car drivers too.
The C 250 d also comes with a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox as standard and it's far superior to the 7G-Tronic with quicker shifts and better response when you want it to kick down. More often than not it's in the right gear too. The C 250 d Coupe gives you effortless power when needed, thanks to 500Nm of torque, so it feels quick away from a standstill, yet is quiet and relaxed on the motorway.
|AMG C 43||30–35 mpg||4.7 s||183–217 g/km|
|AMG C63||33 mpg||4.0 s||200 g/km|
|AMG C63 S||33 mpg||3.9 s||200 g/km|
|C 180||45–49 mpg||8.5 s||134–145 g/km|
|C 180 Automatic||45 mpg||8.5 s||145 g/km|
|C 200 1.5 4Matic Automatic||43 mpg||8.4 s||150 g/km|
|C 200 1.5 Automatic||46 mpg||7.9 s||140 g/km|
|C 200 2.0||50–53 mpg||7.7 s||123 g/km|
|C 200 2.0 4Matic Automatic||41–42 mpg||7.5 s||153–157 g/km|
|C 200 2.0 Automatic||47–52 mpg||7.3 s||125–134 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.0 4Matic Automatic||58 mpg||7.3 s||129 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.0 Automatic||53–61 mpg||7.0–7.5 s||117–121 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.1||66–69 mpg||7.8 s||106 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.1 4Matic Automatic||59–61 mpg||7.6 s||122–127 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.1 Automatic||61–64 mpg||7.5 s||106 g/km|
|C 250 d 2.1 4Matic Automatic||59–61 mpg||6.9 s||122–127 g/km|
|C 250 d 2.1 Automatic||61–64 mpg||6.7 s||109–120 g/km|
|C 300 Automatic||43–45 mpg||6.0 s||143–148 g/km|
|C 300 d 4Matic Automatic||54 mpg||6.0 s||137 g/km|
|C 300 d Automatic||58 mpg||6.0 s||129 g/km|
|C63||28 mpg||3.9–4.0 s||230 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016)
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