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You can't go wrong with the Mercedes C-Class

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The C-Class is one of Mercedes' most successful model series. It is popular with both private customers and company car drivers. There are good reasons for it.

The fourth generation Mercedes C-Class has an extensive range of body styles and engines. Those interested in mid-range used cars are spoiled for choice as to which model is right for them.

Quality

The C-Class (205) was offered in 2014 as a sedan (W 205) and station wagon (T-model, S 205) and a year later as a convertible (A 205) and coupé (C 205). The C-Class (205) was offered in 2014 as a sedan (W 205) and station wagon (T-model, S 205) and a year later as a convertible (A 205) and coupé (C 205).

The C-Class (205) was offered in 2014 as a sedan (W 205) and station wagon (T-model, S 205) and a year later as a convertible (A 205) and coupé (C 205).

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The fourth generation left a very good impression in the TÜV general inspections (HU) and once again took first place among the mid-range vehicles tested in the TÜV report. But she doesn't make it through the exams without any faults. In the axle suspension, the defects from the second HU are significantly above the HU average.

Body and interior

The C-Class (205) was offered in 2014 as a sedan (W 205) and station wagon (T-model, S 205) and a year later as a convertible (A 205) and coupé (C 205). While the convertible and coupe were available until 2023, the sedan and station wagon were retired at the end of 2020. Visually, the mid-range model looks chic and modern without being fashionable. Inside it has solid workmanship, and with the appropriate equipment it even looks elegant. With a length of around 4.70 meters, the sedan and station wagon offer plenty of space for passengers.

The T-model of the Mercedes C-Class scores with its trunk volume. The T-model of the Mercedes C-Class scores with its trunk volume.

The T-model of the Mercedes C-Class scores with its trunk volume.

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The T model also scores points with its trunk volume (490 to 1510 liters). But the sedan and coupé also enable larger purchases to be neatly stowed away with 480 and 400 liters respectively. The convertible has 360 liters available with the roof open and 285 liters with the top closed.

In 2018 the C-Class received a comprehensive facelift. These vehicles can be recognized by their modified front apron, modified rear bumper and standard (except base) LED headlights.

Engines and drive

In 2018, the Mercedes C-Class received an extensive facelift. In 2018, the Mercedes C-Class received an extensive facelift.

In 2018, the Mercedes C-Class received an extensive facelift.

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The wide range of engines includes petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrids. For the petrol engines, the performance range extends from 95 kW/129 hp (C 160) to the AMG C 63 S with 375 kW/510 hp. The golden mean is probably the C 250 with 155 kW/211 hp. On average, he is content with 5.3 to 6.2 liters. The plug-in hybrid C 350 e was available between 2015 and 2018 with a system output of 205 kW/279 hp.

If you want all-wheel drive, you will find what you are looking for in the C 200 4Matic with 135 kW/184 HP or C 400 4Matic with 245 kW/333 HP. Or you can look for the diesel C 220 d (125 kW/170 hp) and the C 250 d with 150 kW/204 hp, which were also available with all-wheel drive as an alternative to rear-wheel drive. The introduction to diesel engines starts with the C 180 d with 85 kW/116 hp. Mercedes specifies 3.8 to 5 liters as standard consumption values ​​for diesel.

With the facelift, the OM 654 engine with a displacement of 1.6 and 2.0 liters, known from the E-Class, was introduced into the diesel engines. As the C 180 d it has 90 kW/122 hp and as the C 200 d it has 118 kW/160 hp; the C 220 d has an output of 143 kW/194 hp, the top engine, the C 300 d, has an output of 180 kW/245 hp. From 2019, the plug-in hybrid (300 de) was available with a system output of 225 kW/300 hp.

Equipment and security

The nameless basic version is properly equipped. However, the Avantgarde, Exclusive or AMG-Line equipment lines offer more comfort. The long surcharge lists also tempted first-time buyers to check the boxes for the head-up display, adaptive cruise control, input touchpad or the air suspension. The vehicles after the facelift have the operating and display concept of the S-Class, and the camera and radar systems have also been improved. When it comes to safety, the C-Class pulled no punches and achieved a five-star rating in the 2014 NCAP crash test.

Conclusion

You can't go wrong with a used fourth-generation Mercedes C-Class, as long as you pay attention to the weak point in the axle suspension. According to mobile.de's evaluation, around 10,000 used Mercedes C-Class models (205) are currently offered for sale on this platform. It starts at around 7,000 euros for diesel models with high mileage. Petrol engines are available from around 10,000 euros.

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