What is it?
The Mercedes-Benz C220d is the biggest-selling version of Britain’s biggest-selling compact executive saloon, tested here in recently facelifted form, out to show its mettle on British roads. Better pay attention in the office canteen, in which case.
The C-Class’s recent facelift brought with it a number of new engines, all hooked up to nine-speed automatic transmissions – and we’ve already sampled the very newest: a 1.5-litre 48V turbo petrol which powers the new C200. But it’s the upper-middle-range diesel, 192bhp C220d that Mercedes expects to continue to dominate the sales mix.
The car’s also now got optional digital instruments, some new active safety systems, new ‘multibeam’ LED headlights and redesigned bumpers front and rear: the usual midcycle update fare. For now at least, prices on the wider C-Class range start from just north of £33,000 with CO2 emissions from 117g/km.