Mercedes C-Class C220 Bluetec Sport
To look at the new C-Class is a stunner. It takes inspiration from the S-Class with a low-slung profile and LEDs that sweep into the headlamps. The rear of the car is a little hit and miss though; it lacks the all-round appeal of the previous model, with smaller rear taillights. The overall profile though is a winner, and it hands-down looks better than an Audi A4 or Volkswagen Passat. In the company of the Volvo S60 things are a little closer, but the Mercedes looks fresher and more modern.
Inside the new C-Class is superb. It's much nicer than the previous C-Class which was no ugly duckling and there's now more space and more premium materials than ever before. It puts the Volvo's interior to shame; influenced by the S-Class, the C-Class interior features a slick dashboard design with eyeball air vents and a wonderful metal finish on electric windows switches and all controls. The doors are also thicker than on the S60 and the C-Class just feels like a more premium and solid product, but then it should given it's a more expensive and newer machine.
The C220 is powered by the all-familiar 2.1-litre diesel engine that can be found in the old model. This version has been refined to be more efficient, though, with CO2 emissions of 104 g/km and a combined cycle of 70.6 miles per gallon; that's far better than anything VAG can come up with. This engine is only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox and the engine produces 170 bhp and 295 lb /ft of torque, for a 0 - 62 mph time of 7.7 seconds, which is pretty nippy for such a big car.
Practicability is a selling point too. At 4,686mm long and 1,810mm wide, the new C-Class is 95mm longer and 40mm wider than before which means more legroom and more width in the cabin. The C-Class also has a 480-litre boot, which is on par with the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. There's no under floor space though.
Standard equipment in the Mercedes C-Class C220 Bluetec Sport includes full leather seats, lowered comfort suspension, 17-inch alloys, active parking assist, heated front seats, Garmin map pilot, parking package, mirror package, LED lights, and tyre inflation compressor.
Sport commands a £1,995 premium over base SE spec, which is worth the money for the extra kit. AMG line commands a £3,490 premium and has a bigger body kit and larger alloys. All versions of the C-Class get DAB radio, Bluetooth, and Mercedes’ trademark Artico man-made leather.
The Mercedes C-Class C220 Bluetec Sport costs £31,360.