Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe Review
One of the best two-door coupes on the market. Although some rivals pip it in some areas, this is a brilliant all-round package.
- Classy looking
- Loaded with kit
- If it’s a cracking all rounder you want – look no further
- Some rivals are better to drive
- Not exactly cheap to run
- Coupe bodystyle means space is at a premium
The latest Mercedes C-Class Coupe has upped the ante, better looking, more standard equipment on offer while it is also sharper to drive, yes, the C-Class Coupe has turned the corner and is now an even bigger threat to its rivals. The C-Class Coupe is a coming.
The saloon version is a good-looking car, remove two doors, give the front a raked windscreen and hey presto you have a quality looking C-Class Coupe. The Coupe is not only going to be a big hit on the fleet market but we believe fashion conscious retail buyers will also flock to showrooms to get their hands on the Coupe model.
In the Coupe sector of the market, looks are king and the C-Class Coupe has certainly got plenty of kerb appeal with its eye-catching swash lines.
On the Road
The C-Class features a range of engines that can be seen on the saloon range. The most popular engines are likely to be the 2.1-litre diesels units, which come in the form of the C220d and C250d. Both feel good, however as you would expect the more powerful 250d is noticeably faster under acceleration. If you prefer a smoother option, then opt for the C200 2.0-litre petrol producing 181bhp, or even the C300 producing 245bhp.
The C300 is seriously quick, in fact it will complete the benchmark sprint in six seconds.
A six-speed manual gearbox is offered, however, the new 9G TRONIC is the gearbox of choice. It is super smooth, giving maximum efficiency and a beautiful system to use.
In the twisty stuff the C-Class Coupe performs well. It has lots of grip in dry weather and feels composed when pushing on. When comparing to the Saloon, the Coupe’s steering is heavier thanks to being recalibrated, it is direct and precise but unfortunately you never feel quite at one with the car. Mercedes still has a little work to do on this front.
Motorway cruising is what the C-Class Coupe does best, it is more comfortable than rivals. Our advice to get the best ride possible is to choose the smallest wheels, as the larger alloys can upset the ride if you hit a pothole or undulation in the road much worse than if you were on the smaller wheels.
Ride comfort is on the firm side though, so tit may be an idea to tick the option box for the air suspension. It adjusts the firmness of the dampers depending on what mode you're in, making your journeys much more enjoyable.
In the car
Two trim levels are available on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. The standard Sport models include Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system, DAB digital radio, rain sensing wipers, LED headlights, cruise control, a reversing camera, faux leather heated sports seats. Move up to the AMG Line and highlights include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, black ash wood dashboard trim, a lowered sports suspension setup, unique grille and sporty body kit.
If you want to further personalise your model you can choose from a range of packs including the Premium pack. It adds ambient lighting, memory electric seats, keyless entry and start, a powered boot lid and panoramic glass sunroof. While the Premium Plus pack adds a Burmester stereo and upgraded COMAND online infotainment system.
Space and practicality is good, well for a Coupe bodystyle that is. The door pockets are quite deep, while the door bins are sculpted to take a couple of cans or bottles.
Normally, entering and exiting the rear of a Coupe can be a bit of a faff, and yes it is still a faff but it seems easier than many of its rivals. Thanks to the rakish lines, headroom is tight, however, knee room is good but you still wouldn’t want to carry rear seat passengers for any length of time as space in there is at a premium.
Mercedes usually give its cars large boots, however, the C-Class Coupe has only got 400-litres of space available, this means it’s actually smaller than the Audi A5 or a BMW 4 Series by around 50 litres.
The most frugal engine on the C-Class Coupe is the entry-level C220d. Mercedes claims that this unit will return 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and (on the smallest 17-inch alloy wheels) emits just 106g/km of CO2. This should be the most popular model for fleets thanks to the low C02 emissions. Mercedes is known to be on the expensive side when it comes to servicing and maintenance, so our advice would be to choose a service package when you purchase the car to keep your costs as low as possible.
The German car maker continues to provide an incredibly popular car which regularly features as one of the UK’s top ten best selling cars. The C-Class success is largely due to business owners and employees purchasing through their company car scheme. The coupe comes with a three-year warranty or up to 100,000 miles, whichever comes soonest.
There is a host of safety equipment on the C-Class Coupe. Highlights include a driver fatigue system and an auto brake system.
The saloon model received five stars when tested by Euro NCAP, and we believe the Coupe model will fare just as well thanks to having with cruise control, a reversing camera, seven airbags and tyre pressure monitors, all as standard.