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      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Premium
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Slinky four-seat prestige coupe

Best bits

  • Plush-feeling interior
  • Cracking diesel engine
  • Comfortable on the road

Not so great

  • You need option air suspension for best results
  • C200 engine is rather thrashy
  • Rivals are marginally more practical

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Overall verdict

"Putting looks before what’s on the inside doesn’t automatically make you a shallow person. Just look at the Mercedes C-Class Coupe for proof. Granted, it will only hold four people rather than five like the C-Class Saloon will - and the boot can’t swallow as much luggage either - but when it looks this good, you can really see why some people would happily make the trade."

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A stylish two-door take on the premium saloon is hardly a new idea. The German ‘Big Three’ have been punting out cars like this for years, and these days, things are very tight between the C-Class Coupe and its big rivals, the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series, in terms of size, space and price. In fact, it’s pretty much nip-and-tuck in every area, so what does the Mercedes do that the others don’t?


Well, for starters, it delivers a more relaxed driving experience, with a softer, more absorbent suspension and a greater emphasis on refinement. Find an example fitted with optional air suspension - as we suggest you do - and you’ll live an even more comfortable and sophisticated life. You’ll need to choose your engine carefully, as some of the smaller petrol ones don’t really deliver on performance and quietness, but go for the C220d diesel, and you can’t really go wrong.


It feels pretty sophisticated in other ways, too. The interior quality is great, with plush materials and thoughtful, stylish finishes, while the amount of standard luxury kit you get is generous enough to hammer home the feeling of luxury. You get plenty of safety kit, too, so even though your brood will be more cramped than they would be in a Mercedes C-Class Saloon, they shouldn’t be any less safe.


Drawbacks? Well, the car uses Mercedes' older-school infotainment system, so the super-clever functionality on other models isn’t available here, while not all versions get Apple Carplay or Android Auto as standard. Like we said, a couple of the engines aren’t really up to muster, and when push comes to shove, rivals from Audi and BMW are a shade roomier and more entertaining to drive.


That said, there is a lot to like about the C-Class Coupe, and if it’s the one that catches your eye most out of the three - which it might well be - then it’s a very solid choice.


Is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe right for you?

If you’re attracted by the glamour of a prestige badge, but you want even more glamour from how your car looks, then the Coupe version of the Mercedes C-Class could well fit the bill. Its curvaceous rear end has real style, and with only sporty AMG Line trim levels offered, there’s a racy feel to the looks as well.


The interior provides just as much glamour, with gorgeous materials, solid assembly and a generous dollop of luxury equipment. Yes, it’s not as practical as a C-Class Saloon, but it still has four seats fit for (reasonably sized) adults and a pretty big boot. Overall, it’s a close-run thing between the Mercedes and its main rivals from Audi and BMW, but there’s no bad choice to be made.


What's the best Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe model/engine to choose?

Bit tricky to be absolutely sure on this one, because we’ve only tried a couple of the four engines available, those being the C200 petrol and the C220d diesel. Of those, the diesel is without doubt the pick, despite being considerably more expensive. It’s muscular, refined and economical, while the petrol is frustratingly flat and disappointingly noisy.


In terms of trim, base-level AMG Line trim is all you really need because it comes loaded with creature comforts. However, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to step up the AMG Line Premium trim for its cool 64-colour ambient lighting, digital instrument screen, upgraded sound system and standard Apple Carplay/Android Auto, although it’s a bit rubbish that all trims don't get smartphone integration.


What other cars are similar to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe?

Wherever you have a Mercedes model, it’s fairly inevitable that you’ll have an equivalent from both Audi and BMW to consider as well, such is the rivalry between the three companies. 


And so it proved with the C-Class Coupe. The Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series are very similar to the Benz in terms of price and size, so this is about as direct as rivals get. It’s not just limited to German companies, though. Lexus also offers an alternative in the form of the Lexus RC, so if you fancy the sound of a self-charging hybrid that’ll be faultlessly reliable, that’s a really good shout.


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