Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

The Essentials

  • Price from £30,090
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 55.4mpg
  • What is it? Smart compact coupe that's better suited to driving to St Tropez than tearing round a race-track.

Great

  • Smart looks and superb quality
  • An engine to suit every taste from 2.1 diesel to 6.2 V8
  • Setting the standard for high-tech safety kit

Gripes

  • Drive doesn't quite live up to the sporty looks
  • Pricey to buy and pricey to fuel and tax
  • Low roofline restricts headroom slightly
  • Drive

    Elegant and refined rather than downright sporty

  • Inside

    Smart and efficient with a sporty flavour to the seats and decor

  • Safety

    State of the art kit with Attention Assist technology to warn you if you're dropping off for a snooze

  • Reliability

    Mercedes scores well in reliability and customer satisfaction surveys

  • Space

    Low roof restricts headroom but rear access is electrically assisted. Strictly a four-seater

  • Standard and extras

    All the sporty touches you could want, from 18-inch alloys to a flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel

  • What's it like to drive?

    Every Mercedes C-Class Coupe is fitted with AMG sports suspension but don't let that put you off: the ride is comfortable enough and the worst thing about the 18-inch wheels is the impact on fuel economy. Silence is golden and you'll enjoy that inside thanks to the car's superb engineering. Engines range from sensible 2.1-litre diesels to a feisty 6.2-litre V8 and we'd recommend choosing one with the seven-speed automatic gearbox.

  • What's it like inside?

    Like the saloon version of the car, the Mercedes C-Class Coupe is smart and well organised, with additional sporty touches like the flat-bottomed steering wheel and brushed aluminium decor. The lower roofline of the coupe reduces headroom but at least it's relatively easy to get into the back thanks to front seats which slide electrically as you tip the seat back forwards.

  • How reliable is it?

    The car should be reliable, thanks to Mercedes' improving record on this front.
    Loads of high-tech safety features should help reassure even the most anxious driver. In the latest Euro NCAP crash tests the Coupe scored 90% for adult protection and 79% for child protection which is more impressive than a VW Scirocco (87%/73%).

  • Should I buy one?

    Looking this good doesn't come cheap. Don't expect a huge discount, and make sure you've got plenty in the kitty for bills. Those sexy big wheels affect fuel economy and company car tax bills are high, too.