Autocar - - FIRST DRIVES -

Price £48,495 On sale Now What’s new? En­try-level diesel mo­tor, which makes a lot of sense in this sleek two-door

IT WAS AL­READY among the classi­est of coupés, but the two-door C-class makes all the more sense with Mercedes’ en­try-grade 220d diesel en­gine. While the car doesn’t de­liver as pre­cise or en­gag­ing a steer as a BMW 4 Se­ries, the cabin’s su­pe­rior fit and fin­ish add to the im­pres­sion that it works best as a laid-back cruiser, and that’s what the 191bhp 2.0-litre four-pot de­liv­ers.

It’s re­laxed and re­fined, while de­liv­er­ing great economy for longdis­tance tour­ing and the best CO2 emis­sions in the range, and yet still re­spon­sive enough when pushed – so long as the nine-speed au­to­matic gear­box is left to its own de­vices.

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