The least costly of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars, the C200 and C200 d, have Artico fake-leather seat-trim, 18-inch wheels, and the features on every C-Class.
Spending more for a C250, C250 d or C350 e brings you one of the more powerful engines described above (or a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain), and some extra equipment.
That begins with real leather upholstery, and tinted glass protecting the rear compartment. Keyless entry lets you unlock the car by merely grabbing a door handle – provided your key is nearby, say in a bag or pocket. Sedans gain a power-opening boot like the wagons, and you can operate either hands-free with a sweeping foot gesture below the rear bumper.
The wheel diameter rises to 19 inches and the tyre profile is correspondingly lower, which sharpens steering response slightly.
And you gain a big suite of active driving aids under the title Driver Assistance Package Plus. This includes a sophisticated adaptive cruise control, which not only adjusts your speed to match vehicles in front on the highway but also holds your place in stop-start traffic. The auto braking becomes more powerful, and further features include lane-keeping assistance and a frontal cross-traffic alert (for more on these systems, please open the Safety section below).
The C350 e (only) adds to this Airmatic Agility suspension, which gives you more comfort. And it has pre-entry climate control, which lets you pre-set an interior temperature for when you expect to return to the car – a feature permitted by the hybrid drivetrain’s big batteries.
The Airmatic suspension is available on other C-Class cars as an extra-cost option. There are numerous other options, some of which come in packs.
A Vision package brings a panoramic glass sunroof, adaptive high beam assist (which automatically dips the headlights when it detects other cars), and a head-up display (which puts a speedometer in your line of sight).
A Comand package upgrades the multimedia system with a better screen, voice activation, internet access, and better sound.
A Seat Comfort package brings a memory function for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, more powered adjustments for the headrest, seat cushion and steering wheel, and heaters for the front seats.
And an AMG line package dresses up a Mercedes-Benz C-Class so that it looks and feels a bit like its higher-performing cousin the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, with sports seats, front and rear aprons on the body, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. The car rides lower, on firmer suspension, and variable-ratio steering allows relaxed response at straight-ahead but sharper response in bends.
Alternative wheels and interior trims are offered for any C-Class car.