How to spec a Mercedes C-class

What Car? - - Advice - Pho­tog­ra­phy: John Bradshaw

When you think of a Ger­man ju­nior ex­ec­u­tive sa­loon, three cars spring to mind: the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Se­ries and Mercedes-benz C-class.

While the 3 Se­ries re­wards keener driv­ers and the A4’s re­fine­ment im­presses, the C-class wows with its sense of oc­ca­sion. Mercedes also give you a vast ar­ray of stan­dard equip­ment and its en­gines of­fer low CO2 emis­sions – key sell­ing points in a class so closely as­so­ci­ated with com­pany car driv­ers.

Sport mod­els come with most of the kit you’re likely to want, in­clud­ing heated front seats and park­ing sen­sors, but the C-class’s ex­ten­sive op­tions list could have you adding much more. Here’s how to add even more lux­ury while keep­ing costs sensible.

For £545, up­grad­ing the C-class’s stan­dard lights to LEDS is a no-brainer. You’ll be able to see more clearly at night, the lights adapt to chang­ing weather con­di­tions and the beam even ad­justs to shine around cor­ners as you steer. 1

2 None of the C-class’s stan­dard sus­pen­sion set-ups is very com­fort­able, but the op­tional Air­matic air sus­pen­sion (£895) al­lows you to tailor the ride for dif­fer­ent sur­faces and does a great job of iron­ing out the worst bumps.

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