Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review (2014-2021) MK4

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

Mercedes C Class Exterior Front

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2014-2021)

The Mercedes C-Class has no shortage of appeal with its top-drawer appearance and superior comfort, making it ideal for the adventurous long distance drivers

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  • Classy interior
  • Ideal for long distance
  • Plenty of engine options
  • Additional features hike the price
  • Uninformative steering
  • Sportier models sacrifice comfort
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What's the Mercedes-Benz C-Class like?

Here, I’m concentrating on the used car market for this up-market executive saloon, which is also available as a coupé, a great-looking cabriolet, and an estate.

The vast majority of used cars available are probably going to be diesels because of their good performance and excellent economy with low emissions.

There are an amazing 45 different models in the saloon range, so trying to find the one you want could be quite a task unless you’re prepared to compromise.

Just make sure the one you buy has all the kit you want on board.


I’ll start with the diesels because there are many more. They're all 2.0-litre units, and the C220d has 194bhp.

It reaches 60mph from rest in about 6.6 seconds, while being capable of an excellent 64mpg.

The C300d gets 245bhp, reaches 60mph in 5.7 seconds, and can do 47mpg, while the PHEV C300de has 306bhp and gets to 60mph in about the same time, and can do a best of 74mpg.

Petrol power starts with the C200 and covers the sprint in 7.4 seconds, while still managing 47mpg. This is followed by the C300 with 258bhp, bringing up 60mph in 5.8 seconds and giving 47mpg.

The C300e plug-in has 320bhp of muscle and brings the sprint down to 5.3 seconds while managing around 65mpg.

Driving Experience and Practicality

Performance and comfort are very good, but rather uninformative steering spoils the handling department somewhat, despite good roadholding and excellent grip.

Inside is the top-drawer experience you would expect from a premium producer like Mercedes-Benz.
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All are comfortable, very refined, and excellent long distance cruisers, but Sport and AMG models have lowered and stiffened suspension plus bigger wheels and these can affect the level of comfort over rougher surfaces.


The SE Executive in the mid-range comes with audio remote, traction control, cruise control, excellent adjustment for the heated electric front seats, sat nav, parking sensors, an alarm, and lumbar adjustment.

But most used models will almost certainly have been loaded with items from the huge Mercedes extras list, bumping up their prices.

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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a refined executive car, sporting stylish looks inside and out and offering a comfortable long ride. This up-market executive car has plenty of models on offer with a range of advanced equipment, making it an easy task to find the perfect fit.