Traditionally, the C-Class has relied on offering a more relaxing driving experience than key Executive car rivals. However, Mercedes has also given the current model one of the most eye-catching interiors in the class, with an arsenal of technology to boot.
Even entry-level SE editions get a few niceties, including 16in alloy wheels, man-made (Artico) leather seats, climate and cruise control, as well as a reversing camera.
All C-Class models get a collision prevention system that can automatically apply the brakes to help stop you from running into the back of the vehicle in front. There’s also a tyre pressure monitoring system to alert you early if you have a slow puncture. All editions get seven airbags and a system that can detect if you’re getting drowsy on a long journey.
This all helped the C-Class score impressive marks in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2014. It was awarded the maximum five-star overall rating, along with good scores across the board in the individual categories; its 92% adult occupancy protection rating is better than what the Audi A4 achieved, for instance, although its child occupancy protection score of 84% was slightly lower than the A4’s rating.
An alarm and engine immobiliser are standard on all versions, while security experts Thatcham Research awarded the C-Class five out of five for resisting theft and four out of five for resisting being broken into.