The all-new Mercedes C-Class saloon has just gone on sale in UK showrooms, priced from £26,855 on the road. The first customer cars are expected for delivery in June.
The premium compact saloon, which will provide a strong rival to the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, will be available with just two engine options at launch: a 184bhp four-cylinder petrol, labelled the C200, and a 170bhp diesel, called the C220 BlueTEC.
Both will be available as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional (at £1,500) seven-speed automatic. Three further engines, including a hybrid option, will be made available later this year.
The C-Class will be available in three trim levels: SE, Sport and AMG Line. Mid-range Sport models get 17-inch alloy wheels (up from the 16-inch items on SE cars), LED headlights, comfort suspension, built-in sat nav and chrome exterior trim detailing.
AMG Line sees the addition of 18-inch alloys, sports suspension, and a raft of racy styling details inside and out.
Even entry-level SE models are well equipped; all cars come with a reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring and a seven-inch colour display that drives the infotainment system.
An ‘Agility Select’ system is also available, allowing the car’s setup to be tailored to different moods. Five modes – Comfort, Evo, Sport, Sport+ and Individual – each have different throttle and steering profiles, and can also alter the firmness of the suspension provided the optional Airmatic air suspension system is specified.
For added luxury, a number of options bundles are available, including the £1,595 Premium Pack, which adds electric front seats, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting and keyless go.
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