MERCEDES C-CLASS (2014)
This new Mercedes is a medium-size luxury saloon that competes head-on with the very popular BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Mercedes has slotted the new CLA saloon beneath the C-class in its range, so the new C-class is now significantly longer than its predecessor. However, Mercedes has slashed weight by up to 100kg. Thanks to an extra 8cm between the wheels, the interior should offer more space for passengers in the back, plus a bigger boot. The C-class is available in three specification levels – SE, Sport and AMG Line. Sport features 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, lowered suspension and satnav as standard. AMG Line models gain 18-inch wheels, firmer sports suspension and a soft-touch dashboard. We praised the previous C-class for its luxury and the new model looks set to build on this with a long list of standard equipment. All models have a touchpad to control the entertainment functions, along with a seven-inch colour display that incorporates a reversing camera. Other toys include automatic wipers, cruise control, a tyre pressure monitoring system and plenty of safety kit. Leather-effect upholstery and two-zone air conditioning also feature in all models. From launch, the C-class will be available with 1.9-litre petrol and 2.1-litre diesel engines – both with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. A further three engines, including a hybrid version, should arrive before the end of the year. Estimated price: Starting at £26,855 for the C200 petrol. The C220 Blue Tec diesel is available from just over £29,000.