The Mercedes C-Class has been a leading contender in the compact executive car market for years but the competition for sales in this fleet-orientated segment has never been fiercer.
The latest C-Class looks good and offers a high-class interior that can be turned into a technological showcase by dipping into the vast list of add-on packs and optional extras. The car looks good too, in a classily understated way.
The long-serving 2.1-litre diesel is punchy but unrefined compared to the newer 2.0-litre engine in the E-Class, but at least the ride quality is good if you steer clear of the larger wheel sizes. Models with the air-suspension perform well on the motorway but get fidgety over smaller bumps.
Mercedes are synonymous with build quality and reliability and many Mercedes drivers are well aware of the costs when something goes wrong. There is no getting away from it that should you experience a mechanical or electrical breakdown the support will be there, it's just the cost that can frighten you. Not taking out a used Mercedes warranty could bite you in the long term.