Mercedes C Class

Mercedes C Class no longer on the Scheme as of January 1st 2017 Due to Pricing Cap being introduced

Mercedes C-Class Estate Motability Car side

The Mercedes C Class, to Motability customers, is available as a four door saloon or five door estate. In an attempt to spread the weight and thus improve handling the C Class is rear wheel driven, a trait it shares with its major competitor, the BMW 3 Series. We love rear wheel drive cars for the extra feel and occasional slip but they are not as competent in ice and snow as a front wheel drive car, a set of winter tyres would be our recommendation if this is a concern.

 

Mercedes C Class Motability car side The C Class is a great looking car, the designers have the balance of sports car and executive saloon just right, or in the words of Mercedes – athletic yet elegant. On the road the Mercedes is more executive than sports and the BMW 3 Series has the edge for driving thrills, but when not moving the C Class is the better car. The C Class has a commanding driving position and all-round visibility is good, and every C-Class comes with a reversing camera to help with parking. Shoulder room in the back should be enough for most adults, but the sloping roofline eats into rear-seat headroom and the 480 litre boot is on par for this class of vehicle, do note that only Sport models have the 60:40 folding rear seats, this is an extra on the SE model.

 

Mercedes C-Class Motability Car dash

Three trims are available to Motability customers, the SE, the SE Executive Edition and the Sport, the SE trim comes with artificial leather interior, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio with a seven-inch colour display, a reversing camera, climate control, plus automatic headlights and wipers. SE Executive Edition adds Active park assist with Parktronic (auto parking), SD card Garmin sat nav, heated front seats and 40:20:40 split rear bench.  Sport models have lowered suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, sat-nav and sports seats.

 

Mercedes C-Class Estate Motability Car

On the Estate C Class the boot is classed as only 10 litres larger at 490 litres, but that figure fails to take into account the added space above the bottom edge of the rear windows. It gives the estate’s load bay a much more practical shape and, combined with its wide opening electric rear door, makes it much easier to load. With the rear seats folded down (standard feature on the estate car), the maximum load capacity tops out at a competitive 1,510 litres.

 

Mercedes C-Class Motability Car

There are two engines for the C Class within the Scheme, a 2.0 litre petrol (C200) and a 1.6 litre diesel (C200d) purchased from the Nissan/Renault collaboration and re-tuned to deliver 134 brake horse power, the same power output as the old 2,143cc C200CDI, but power is available from lower rpm with 20Nm more torque. Economy is improved to a claimed 72.4 mpg in the six speed manual saloon, this dips to 65.7mpg as a 7 speed automatic. While many will consider this engine a little too ‘puny’ for a Mercedes C Class, it is incomparable to the 161 bhp diesel in the BMW,  but it is competent and can get the C Class to 62 miles per hour in 9.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 135 miles per hour. The 2.0 litre petrol is a powerful unit that produces 181 brake horse power and can propel the saloon car to 62mph in just 7.5 seconds and on to 147 mph, economy is an impressive 53.3 miles per gallon as a manual or automatic.

Autumn Best Buy – Mercedes C Class C200 2.0 litre petrol ‘SE’ Saloon  –  £1799 Advance Payment (£779 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Mercedes C Class C200 1.6 litre Diesel ‘Sport’ Manual Saloon or Estate  –  £1999 Advance Payment (£979 wpms) or £2999 as Automatic (£1979 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Mercedes C Class C200 1.6 litre Diesel or 2.0 petrol ‘SE Executive Edition’ Manual Saloon or Estate  –  £1999 Advance Payment (£979 wpms) or £2999 as Automatic (£1979 wpms)