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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sport Coupe (2001–2008)

Last updated 25 August 2016

Comfortable, well-equipped cruiser with a sporting edge to its handling. Excellent crash test rating. Good reliability record.
A 3 Series Compact drives better. Indicator stalk is awkward to use. Manual gearbox isn't the best. Some build quality niggles.
Updated 8 October 2012

180Ks can suffer cat converter problems and the bill to put them right can be as much as £4,000.

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Forget the previous Mercedes Benz CLK. This new Sports Coupe is an entirely different sort of animal. For a start, note the emphasis on 'sports'. Not a word that could honestly be used to honestly describe any derivative of the old C Class, including the CLK coupe and cabrio. The steering of the older car was far too light for that.

The new C Class does have some meat in the helm. And, though the new coupe feels like a boulevard cruiser on the motorway, get it onto a tricky, uneven, badly surfaced road riddled with hairpin bends and it really comes into its own. Throw the car into a corner and, despite the traction control taking over, you can actually feel every nuance of the front wheels biting again after the understeer.

Mercedes Benz C-Class Sports Coupe 2001 Road Test

Owners' reviews

Mercedes do not admit some turbos subject to diesel overrun - a very dangerous event.
Mercedes do not admit some turbos subject to diesel overrun - a very dangerous event.
Beautiful styling, not so 'sporty', love this car but some problems.

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