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The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Running costs and reliability
The small saloon market is extremely competitive, especially when it comes to fleet sales, so Merc has understandably worked fairly hard on making the mpg and CO2 figures look attractive.
Most appealing in that regard is the C200d diesel, which combines 158bhp performance with 65.7mpg and 113g/km economy. The cleanest petrol is the C200, whose respective figures are 182bhp, 46.3mpg and 136g/km. These figures are largely competitive, but an equivalent Audi A4 or – perhaps more surprisingly – Alfa Romeo Giulia will be cleaner still, at least on paper. Which, when it comes to company car costs, is arguably more important than in the real world.
Beyond the running costs, Merc’s given C-Class ownership some thought, too. Keyless start is standard across the range, while another new piece of tech can detect if the car is crashed into while parked – or worse, stolen – and sends an alert to your phone.
In the event of a collision, the parking sensors will record which part of the car’s been hit, and at what time. If you’re likely to climb into the car without seeing it, there’ll be an alert on the media screen, too. Clever. The law doesn’t yet allow the car to take a picture of the culprit, but Merc says it’s working on it…