posted 6 years ago

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Range Overview

Driving a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is many motorist's first experience of the legendary manufacturer's range.

Driving a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is many motorist's first experience of the legendary manufacturer's range. This compact executive status symbol is also very popular, as it comes in various guises from economical diesel saloons to ferociously fast estates. So, let's hop on-board the C-Class bandwagon and consider its virtues.

For £25,770, motorists can slide behind the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz C200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY saloon. This 2.1-litre 136hp diesel averages 56.5mpg, and manages a staggering 68.9mpg on the extra-urban cycle. This means its emissions are lower than a plummeting stock market, so twelve months road tax only costs £110. Not bad for a large car that, in six-speed manual guise, hits 62mph in 9.2 seconds.

Alternatively, those with a large pile of boxes to shift may prefer the new Mercedes-Benz C350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY estate. This highly specified £34,500 machine can carry up to 1,500-litres of luggage with the rear seats folded flat, and a maximum payload of 530kg. This complements the electric tailgate and the optional load securing kit. The latter allows motorists to secure cargo in a wide variety of permutations. This 3.0-litre 231hp diesel also averages a creditable 41.5mpg, and reaches 62mph in 6.5 seconds.

Now, that's pretty fast, but those in even more of a hurry may be instinctively drawn to the new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. This £56,000 performance model is available in saloon and estate guises, and has a - wait for it - 6.2-litre V8 engine (badged 6.3). This 476hp beast, when fitted with the optional AMG performance package, hits 62mph in 4.5 seconds and roars to 155mph. Mmmm, best make use of that luggage securing kit then.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class range, as a whole, has numerous appealing characteristics. These include excellent handling, robust construction, impressive safety features, and a certain effortless sophistication. All you have to do now is pick a colour, how about bright pink?