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Used car: Mercedes-Benz C-class sports coupé: 2001-present

The C-Class Sport Coupé was a bit of a break of tradition for Mercedes-Benz when it was launched in 2001. Never before had there been a coupé version in its small saloon range.

It’s still a fresh-looking design, good to drive and has the cachet three-pointed star buyers crave. As such it commands surprisingly high values on the used market.

Driving and performance
A wide range of petrol and diesel engines kicked off by the C160. Its performance doesn’t match the sporty looks and appeals only to buyers on a tight budget.

The C180K is the first engine worthy of the car and, with its supercharged performance, can be quite fun. C200K and C230K petrol engines are there for drivers looking for more urge.

Diesels are the C200 CDI and C220 CDI. Both offer a refined drive, lots of power and useful fuel economy.

It’s not quite a sports car on the road, but is still good to drive. Around town it can feel a bit cumbersome with heavy steering and a firm ride, but it never strays from being comfortable.

Comfort
The interior is typical Mercedes-Benz. It’s easy to use, comfortable and has a business class look and feel. Both the steering wheel and driver’s seat are highly adjustable and there’s a good view out of the front.

The same can’t be said of the rear. Despite the innovative split rear screen, visibility is poor out of the back and rear three-quarters.

Safety
In addition to the reassurance of a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating (it was originally a four-star car, until a re-test was authorized), there’s twin front, side and window airbags, ABS and ESP. There’s also two headrests in the back and a first aid kit.

 

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