The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the go-to, choice for company car drivers who want a luxurious and rewarding daily drive.
Introduced in 1993, the C-Class was the smallest model in the marque’s line-up until the A-Class arrived in 1997. The C-Class is built at Mercedes-Benz factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen, Germany.
The C-Class comes in a saloon, estate, coupe and cabriolet style.
The three standard suspension set-ups are SE, Sport or AMG Line.
The C-Class comes with either conventional passive springs (called Agility Control), optional air suspension (branded Airmatic) or a bespoke suspension set-up for AMG models.
With the 2018 models, customers can choose from C200 or C180 petrols and C200d or C220d options. A more powerful C300d diesel will join the range later this year, as will a C300 petrol. The engines are mated to a standard six-speed manual or nine-speed torque converter-equipped automatic gearbox.
Also, coming this year, are a pair of plug-in hybrid models, featuring diesel and petrol engines mated with electric motors.
The official speeds recorded of 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds.
Design and Build
Mercedes-Benz state the C-Class “combines emotionality with intelligence”. The headlamps and tail lights do give it a certain aloof look, but the sentient knowledge thing… that’s debatable.
The C-Class comes with halogen headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lamps as standard.
On the AMG Line, the diamond radiator grille features as standard, giving the expressive exterior even more ‘dynamic character’. The rear bumper on the saloon and estate has a new lower section; geometry, trim and tailpipe trim, which vary according to the selected equipment and engine variant.
The colour spectrum has been broadened by the addition of Mojave silver metallic and emerald green metallic.
The sporty interior exudes class and interpretations of modern luxury, with a boot capacity of 335 litres.
The Multicontour Seat package is new to the C-Class. With this package, the side bolsters and lumbar support can be individually adjusted by means of an electrically driven pneumatic pump. A massage effect in the lumbar area is provided by air chambers which are inflated and deflated in a pulsing or wave-like motion when the function is activated, via the multimedia system.
The centre console is available in open-pore brown walnut or open-pore anthracite oak. The 3D real wood veneer in the centre console combines a hand-crafted character with a modern feel.
Magma grey/black are new interior colours, plus saddle brown for the AMG Line interior.
Tech and safety
The C-Class adopts the display concept of the current S-Class, with an optional fully digital instrument display offering the three different display styles “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”.
The C-Class has touch-sensitive controls mounted on the steering wheel. They respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. They enable the driver to control the functions of the instrument cluster and of the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel
The C-Class can drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. To do this it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500 metres ahead. The vehicle’s surroundings are scanned by radar across up to 250 metres to the front, 40 metres to the sides and 80 metres to the rear, while with the camera a range of up to 500 metres is possible to the front, including 90 metres in 3D. The C-Class also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions.
Practicalities and costs
The C-Class, official fuel consumption 134.5-74.3 mpg. Its CO2 emissions are remarkably low (100-52 g/km), making it an appealing company car option, (VED Tax Band, E-D). Even the more popular automatic models offer comparatively low company car tax bills.
From racing car drivers, film stars, artists and models, they are all hopping on the Mercedes Benz bandwagon (and what a lovely looking wagon it is). Nothing says: ‘I’m important’ more than arriving to an event in a car with the famous three-pointed star. For sports celebrity, David Beckham, the C-Class was the chosen ride for his eldest Brooklyn, to learn to drive in.
James Wilson, of FCS Vehicle Solutions says: “Mercedes-Benz are the best in high performance and are the ultimate statement car. At FCS Vehicle Solutions, we currently have 40 leasing and business contract options, with 20, in stock and ready to be driven away. All have three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three years of breakdown cover.”