Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review 2022

Mercedes-Benz C-Class At A Glance

+Premium saloon car features fresh technology.

-On sale now.

New prices start from £44,895
Insurance Groups are between 28–35

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now on sale, with prices starting from £38,785 for the entry-level C 200 Sport Saloon. The range-topping C 300 d AMG Line Premium Plus costs £52,125.

Every engine in the new C-Class range features a 48v Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) mild hybrid system. The mild hybrid system features an energy recovery function and the ability to ‘glide’ with the engine switched off to boost efficiency, while supplying an additional 20PS and 200Nm to the car’s overall output.

The C 200 features a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which generates 204PS and 300Nm. Depending on specification, the C 200 can deliver between 41.5 and 44.1 combined mpg and emits between 146 and 154 g/km (151-159 g/km) of CO2.

Powered by a petrol 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, the C 300 can produce up to 258PS and 400Nm of torque, with an additional 20PS and 200Nm available from the ISG. It can deliver between 40.4 and 42.2 mpg and emits between 152 and 159 g/km.

The diesel-powered C 220 d – currently the best-selling C-Class engine – uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with an output of 200PS and 440 Nm. The ISG produces an additional 20PS and 200Nm.  It can deliver between 58.9 and 61.4 mpg (56.5-60.1 mpg) and emits between 120 and 127 g/km (124-131 g/km).  

The top-of-the-range C 300 d has a 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which can generate 265PS and 550Nm, with an additional 20PS and 200Nm from the ISG. The C 300 d can deliver between 53.3 and 55.4 mpg (52.3-54.3 mpg), and emits 133-139 g/km (136-143 g/km) of CO2.

Every C-Class engine is mated to a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.

Starting from £38,785, the Sport model line – on C 200 and C 220 d only – includes the latest generation MBUX media system, including a high-resolution 11.9-inch central media display; 12.3-inch digital driver display; ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant; 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels; Agility Control comfort suspension; LED high performance headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Active Blind Spot Assist; Parking package with reversing camera; heated front seats and wireless smartphone charging.

For another £1,380, AMG Line models add 18-inch AMG 5-spoke design, alloy wheels; privacy glass; AMG bodystyling; multifunction sports steering wheel finished in nappa leather and visible twin exhaust pipes.

In addition to the above, the Premium equipment line features 19-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels; Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; Digital Light; ambient lighting; illuminated door sills; KEYLESS GO comfort access, Memory package, including electrically adjustable front seats, steering column and exterior mirrors; MBUX augmented reality for navigation and Parking package with 360° camera. Premium models are available for an additional £2,750 over AMG Line.

Starting from £46,700, Premium Plus adds 19-inch AMG five-double-spoke alloy wheels; panoramic sliding sunroof; head-up display; and Thermotronic four-zone automatic climate control.

On Premium Plus models only, Driving Assistance Package Plus is also available for £1,695 with the very latest driving assistance systems including Active Distance Assist Distronic; Active Steering Assist; Traffic Sign Assist; Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Evasive Steering Assist; Active Brake Assist with cross traffic function; Active Emergency Stop Assist; and Active Blind Spot Assist.

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Can you recommend an Audi A4 Avant replacement?
"I have a 2016 Audi A4 TDI Ultra that has cover 103,000 miles. I'm now looking to replace it, what age/version of a newer A4 would I need to upgrade to in order for it to feel like a "worthwhile" change? My budget would be up to £25,000. I currently average 10,0000 miles a year, 12-mile daily commute. "
The current generation of A4 (which yours would be) was updated a couple of years ago, but it wasn't a very significant one. You might not find it feels like a substantial enough upgrade over your current car. We'd either suggest waiting for the next-gen A4 to come out (expect that to be revealed later this year) and for used models to appear in your budget, or consider looking at the latest BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class. Both of those cars are a generation ahead of the A4 and feel it.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
Which car should I buy for motorway commuting?
"I am looking for a car for motorway commuting and I am spiralling down an endless rabbit hole of options! I drive around 500 miles a week - a mix of 80% double carriage/motorway and 20% single carriage/broads/town. Comfort and economy are important to me so ideally I'm thinking of a biggish car (though I'm not keen on SUVs). I do quite like my options too (i.e. adaptive cruise control, digital dashboard). My budget is around £30k and I'm considering the following: Mercedes-Benz C-Class or E-Class, BMW 3 Series or 5 Series, Skoda Octavia or Superb, Jaguar XE or XF, or Volkswagen Arteon. What do you recommend? "
The Skoda Superb estate scores well for user satisfaction and your budget will get you a post-facelift example with all the toys you mention. For ultimate comfort, the Mercedes C-Class is a good shout and it's just been replaced so there may be deals to be done on slightly older cars. The E-Class is even more comfortable and many of them will have been specified with air suspension that takes them to another level compared to the rivals you mention. The Jaguars offer a great balance between comfort and handling, particularly the XF, but they're feeling a little dated now. The BMW prioritises comfort at the slight expense of comfort, but both the 3 and 5 Series are still great cars to do lots of miles in.
Answered by Russell Campbell
I need a spacious but compact family car - should I buy a hybrid or electric vehicle?
"I have Mercedes-Benz C-class Estate. I want to change it for an electric or hybrid car. I can probably downsize to something smaller than my current estate, but I need space for my dog or a set of golf clubs in the back. I have a budget of £50,000. What do you recommend?"
If you have a high annual mileage, I would go for a hybrid. The Mercedes-Benz C350e petrol-electric hybrid is available as an estate so it's perfect for the dog. It can travel short distances using battery power alone – so there's the potential to save a lot of money on petrol if you can charge the battery at home and rarely do long drives. On the other hand, having the petrol engine to fall back on means you're not going to be left hunting for a charger mid-journey. I'd also consider the BMW X5 xDrive 45e. It's also a petrol-electric hybrid but it has a longer electric range and its powerful six-cylinder petrol engine means it has loads of performance. If you fancy going down the pure-electric route, I would recommend the Volkswagen ID.4. It's smaller than your Mercedes but should have a similar amount of interior space. It was designed from the ground up to be electric so takes advantage of its compact motors to give you an interior that feels very light and airy. Top-of-the-range models also offer a range of more than 200 miles and lively performance.
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