Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2014) Review

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2014) At A Glance

5/5

+Much improved interior quality. More refined and better to drive than predecessor. Facelift diesels get new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines.

-C220 CDI with automatic gearbox is disappointing. Surprising quality issues with pre-facelift models.

New prices start from £29,040
Insurance Groups are between 24–48
On average it achieves 67% of the official MPG figure

The attractive Mercedes-Benz C-Class is arguably even more desirable than rivals including the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE. As well as sleek looks that echo the S-Class, the S-Class is based on a new platform with more interior space than the old model, especially for rear seat passengers.

The C-Class got a totally new layout with a minimalist design dominated by a large one-piece centre console. Not only is it very stylish but it now feels every inch the premium car it should be. Mercedes-Benz likens the cabin as 'akin to the uplifting feeling of being upgraded from economy to business class on an aeroplane' and we certainly can't argue with that.

Where the C-Class really shines is in terms of refinement and comfort; it's incredibly quiet and cossetting on the move, with a superb ride, helped by a new suspension set up. Even AMG Line models with sports suspension and larger alloys are impressively comfortable. At motorway speeds the C-Class is a joy with barely any wind or road noise. It makes it an ideal long distance car.

Not that this comes at the expense of handling. The C-Class has a new steering system which offers much better feel than previously along with more weight. Add this to a new six-speed manual gearbox and the C-Class is a revelation compared to its predecessor helped by good body control and impressive agility.

Finally the C-Class is the premium saloon it's always promised to be and the famous three-pointed star has a car good enough in all departments to rival the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. It's also well equipped as standard with all cars coming with DAB, Artico leather, a reversing camera, collision prevention assist and a media interface.

Real MPG average for a Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2014)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

67%

Real MPG

18–66 mpg

MPGs submitted

640

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Should I keep my diesel car if my mileage has dropped?
"I own a diesel 2015 BMW 5 Series estate with 51,000 miles - which I love. However, since retiring, my mileage is very low. A pre-owned 5 Series PHEV is frankly too expensive for me now. What would you recommend considering the driving dynamics of the 5? Or should I keep my car?"
It's likely to get problematic as it gets older if you don't take it for regular runs up the motorway. Lots of short journeys could lead to a blocked diesel particulate filter (DPF). A petrol or hybrid model would be a much better choice. A BMW 520i could be a good replacement, or consider a 3 Series if you don't need a car quite so big. We'd also recommend a Mercedes-Benz C- or E-Class, or a Volvo V90.
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What used saloon do you suggest I buy?
"I need a car now I'm retired and no longer have a company car. I really don't want to spend much more on a used car than £16,000. My must haves are: an auto, reversing camera, sat nav and ideally three memory settings for the seat positions. Either a saloon with a decent boot space or an SUV. What do you suggest?"
We'd recommend a Mercedes-Benz C-Class (https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/?make=Mercedes-Benz&model=C-Class&p1=15000&p2=16000&searchTypeId=17&l=x). It's a saloon with a lovely interior, and your budget will get a 2016 model with the specification you're after.
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Is it possible to predict how rapidly a car will depreciate, allowing me to sell at the best time?
"Is it possible to predict how rapidly a car will depreciate? I have a 2014 Mercedes C-Class Estate, which I bought when it was a year old. It had already lost about £10,000 of its original value at that point. It has done 62,000 miles, has been completely reliable and runs as well as it's ever done. It's probably worth £8000-10,000. I see no reason to change it at the moment but would like to trade it in before it becomes worthless. I would imaging that there is an optimum point at which one should sell?"
It's quite easy to track vehicle valuation with our used car pricing tool. It's based on real-time classifieds and lists values for most makes, models and years of car: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/used-prices
Answered by Dan Powell
Will all-season tyres improve the ride comfort of my C-Class?
"Would all-season tyres on my Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate increase comfort compared to the standard summer tyres?"
Depends on the spec of the car. If it has sports suspension and/or 19-inch wheels, for example, a tyre change will probably not make a lot of difference to the road comfort. However, for a car on modest wheels and standard suspension, a deeper profile tyre will inevitably absorb more lumps and bumps in the road.
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