Like the A-Class, the CLC is a good way for those who aspire to owning a Mercedes to enter the brand.
The black paintwork, along with with 18-inch alloys, create a striking effect on the road.
The interior is quite sedate in comparison. While quality is still of a high standard, it doesn’t match up to larger Mercedes-Benz models.
The four-cylinder 220 CDI is punchy and can even be a bit unwieldy when starting off at traffic lights, especially in slippery conditions.
There was more than one occasion when the stability control system started flashing. As a status symbol, CLC still holds weight, but its driving credentials are overshadowed by the BMW 1 Series Coupé and Volkswagen’s Scirocco.
- Engine 2.1-litre
- Price £22,893