Order books for the new C-class have opened ahead of the first deliveries of the BMW 3-series rival in June
22 December 2013

The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-class saloon has been priced from £26,855 ahead of the first UK deliveries in June. Order books are now open. 

Two variants of the C-class, the C200 petrol and the C220 BlueTec diesel will be available at launch. Prices for the C200, which is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine producing 179bhp and 221lb ft of torque, start at £26,855 for an entry-level SE model fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. Prices for Sport and AMG Line editions rise to £28,850 and £30,345 respectively.

C220 BlueTec models are powered by a 168bhp, 295lb ft 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, with prices starting from £29,365. Top-spec AMG Line models are priced from £32,855. Models fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission command a £1500 premium over manual.

C220 BlueTec SE models fitted with manual transmissions offer the lowest CO2 emissions of the launch range, at 103g/km. The diesel offers 70.6mpg, compared with 53.3mpg in the C200 petrol. 

The C200 is the fastest to 62mph, at 7.5 seconds, with C220 BlueTec models managing 7.7 seconds in manual guise. The two C-class models have top speeds of 147mph and 145mph respectively.

A C200 BlueTec and a C250 BlueTec, the latter of which has 201bhp and 369lb ft of torque, will be added to the line-up over the next year alongside a C300 Bluetec Hybrid variant. This is offered with the C250 Bluetec-spec version of the 2.1-litre turbodiesel engine, and gains an electric motor with 28bhp and 184lb ft. 

Each of these three additional C-class variants will be offered with Mercedes’ new nine-speed automatic gearbox, codenamed NAG3 and known as 9G-Tronic.

On the diesel front, an ECO version of the C220 Bluetec will also be offered, complete with an aerodynamically optimised body and tyres with low rolling resistance. This is expected to have a best-in-class rating for CO2 emissions close to 100g/km. The C63 AMG, which will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine with as much as 480bhp, also joins the range early next year.

SE variants come with 16-inch wheels, upgraded to 17-inches on Sport models, which also come with LED headlights, lowered suspension and chrome exterior trim. AMG Line models get 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, a more aggressively styled body kit and sports suspension.

Standard equipment on the C-class includes the latest version of Mercedes' Comand infotainment system on a seven-inch display, a touch-sensitive controller and dual-zone air conditioning. Other standard features include a reversing camera, cruise control and Mercedes' Collision Assist automatic braking system.

Optional AirMatic air suspension is also available for £895. The system allows drivers to select from five driving modes, dubbed Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

A number of upgrade packages add extra features to the C-class. An Executive Pack for SE models costs £995 and includes integrated satellite-navigation, heated front seats and split folding rear seats. Sport and AMG Line models can upgrade to the Driving Assistance Package for £1495, which adds the Distronic radar-guided cruise control system alongside blind spot monitoring and lane assist functions.

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4 February 2014
For around £24k you can buy a 161bhp Ford Focus 2.0 diesel with the top of the range Titanium X spec. For around £3k more, you can buy this new Mercedes C220 diesel SE which will still be relatively well kitted out. Absolutely nothing wrong with the Focus, which is a great car, but the fact that you buy a similarly powered car from the class above, and a Mercedes as that, for only £3k more just seems a tad irregular.

4 February 2014
Saucerer wrote:
For around £24k you can buy a 161bhp Ford Focus 2.0 diesel with the top of the range Titanium X spec. For around £3k more, you can buy this new Mercedes C220 diesel SE which will still be relatively well kitted out. Absolutely nothing wrong with the Focus, which is a great car, but the fact that you buy a similarly powered car from the class above, and a Mercedes as that, for only £3k more just seems a tad irregular.
Not quite. No one pays list price for a Focus whereas you'll be paying near if not full price for the C Class at first. There are loads of pre-reg Focus's including a 2.0 Titanium X estate for £17.5k on autotrader and plenty for about £19k. Plus the C220 diesel starts at £29k - £26k is for the petrol. A near enough £2.5k premium for the diesel is a bit steep, but it's the same with the 3 series. I guess it's down to demand.

4 February 2014
Seems surprisingly reasonable to be honest! It'll be interesting to see the pricing for the models that will be added to the range a bit later on.

4 February 2014
Let's hope the fuel economy is something close to the claims, otherwise your 41 litre fuel tank is not going to get you very far...


4 February 2014
I'm confused. In what way is this not a direct competitor to the GLA saloon - priced from £24,775? If I wanted a mid-sized Merc saloon, why there were two apparently similar offerings in the showroom?

4 February 2014
Halfabee wrote:
I'm confused. In what way is this not a direct competitor to the GLA saloon - priced from £24,775? If I wanted a mid-sized Merc saloon, why there were two apparently similar offerings in the showroom?
The CLA is a smaller car based on the A-Class. To put it into perspective, the CLA rivals the A3 saloon and the C-Class rivals the A4 saloon.

4 February 2014
A very attractive shape. If it drives as well as it looks, well, it would go to the top of its class.

4 February 2014
Not normally a Merc fan but that is a beautiful interior. Looks like Audi may have some competition - theirs do look high quality but not always particularly sleek and stylish - not compared to this anyway.

4 February 2014
I do hope it's good because it sure is ugly both inside and out.

5 February 2014
Lightningduck wrote:
I do hope it's good because it sure is ugly both inside and out.
Indeed, although I wouldn't call the car ugly, I'd say it's just plain dull and sobre inside and out like so many German cars. When Jaguar's rival is launched, it will trounce this Mercedes, the A4, 3 Series and Passat for style, sophistication and sheer desirability inside and out. And as for the interior, not only will the Jaguar undoubtedly be stunning, I'm sure they won't design it and think "oh, we've forgotten the screen, where do we put it?". The Merc's execution looks woeful and just shows shortsightedness which is more prevalent with German marques than we're led to believe.

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