The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Smart mid-sized family saloon

Starting price: £34,675

Pros

Very comfortable front cabin

Tech at your fingertips

Good wide opening rear doors for child seat access

Cons

Rear bench only fits 2 boosters /seats

Boot not practical for larger items (framed pram / toddler bikes etc)

Intro

The Mercedes C-Class is available in either an estate or saloon model along with a coupe and cabriolet.  The C-Class, from the outside, looks like the little sister of the S-Class. We decided to take out the C-200 saloon to see what this popular car was all about.

This is a well-balanced high end car, and the main competitors are the BMW 3 series and the Audi A4.  The exterior design is undoubtedly a ‘Merc’ with the distinguishable shape, diamond grill below the bonnet and 2 badges at the front and one on the rear boot. Lots of branding!

The car felt solid and yet gave a pretty smooth drive as we whizzed off down the A road. This 2019 model was a mild hybrid which gave the car an electric boost / assistance.  The gear selector is on the righthand side of the steering wheel.  A simple design which makes such sense and ease to put into gear. We found the back window on this saloon to be narrow, but the parking camera made up for any blind spots along with the sensors. Plus, there is parking assist. What could possibly go wrong

Interior

As soon as you climb into the car you can both see and feel that the quality of the materials used which make you want to prod and feel your way around the cabin. There is a 10.25 inch infotainment screen at eyeline along with a digital driver display directly in front of the steering wheel. Simple, but effective graphics and, for fun, the car has mood lighting in a ridiculous amount of colour choices.  Possibly something that the smaller people in the car will enjoy although we both thought the novelty would no doubt wear off after about a month.  Blue would stay blue (or pink in Claire’s case) from that day forth!   There are a combination of buttons and also a rotary dial to navigate your way around.  All neatly placed.

The steering wheel buttons were easy to use and perfectly sensitive and from here you can also press ‘voice activate’ (call a friend, request a destination etc).  Although we have found that voice activate can be distorted when you have a car full of small hooligans!

There is dual climate control which is a bonus and limits any moaning from your rear passengers.

Overall the interior felt solid and it definitely would stand up to the knocks of family life.

Seats & Passenger Space

The front seats have plenty of movement for you to find that perfect seated position along with that all important heated bottom button!  In the rear the legroom is adequate, but you do loose some headspace due to the shape of the sloping rear roof. Leather trim throughout is a big thumbs up and helps combat, the everyday mishaps, of children armed with drinks and muddy trainers.

The rear doors open beautifully wide and this helps when getting smaller children in and out of their car seats or even unclipping a baby seat. Unfortunately, the rear bench is not vast and the outer padding of the seat almost pushes you into the middle.  It is a 2 car seat or 2 booster family car and at a push you can squeeze a smaller person between the child seats for a shorter journey. Another plus was that the windows on this saloon did go all the way down.

Cups & Cubby

A tidy layout of useful spaces.  In the front there are two cupholders in the centre console which are in that perfect more forward position rather than stuck under your elbow!

Lots of space can be found in the middle compartment – ideal for hiding keys and a wallet.

Plus there are 3 USB ports and even a sunglass pocket next to the mirror.  The glovebox is an okay size albeit a bit of a stretch from the driver’s seat.

All the doors have bins which are adequate to hold a water bottle.

In the back passengers can use the pockets on the back of the front seats to hold items.  The middle arm rest, when pulled down, has a small tray to pop smaller items on such as a mobile or a few snacks for the journey.  There are pop out cupholders on the corners of the armrest, but if you have curious children or heavy-handed boys then these are likely to be broken within the first outing.

Boot Space

There is a load lip on the boot of the saloon model and therefore it would be easier to pop a buggy in rather than a large framed pram.  However, the car is quite low, which on a plus, makes lifting heavy items into vehicle that little bit easier.  With 455 litres there is ample space for sports kit, school bags and even a grocery shop.

Summary

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes a good choice for a smaller saloon car and perfect for a family of up to 4.  However, a saloon model needs to fit with your lifestyle.  Not one to take on a camping trip or buy if you are considering getting a dog or throwing in a child’s bicycle.

Starting price £34,675

** Car Seats used in this review: Joie Trillo – width 48cm

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4686 (L) x 1810 (W) x 1442 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

455 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

40.9 m (Electric Range Combined)

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60mph in 7.7 secs