Used Mercedes C-Class (14-present) long-term review
Buying used brings a premium badge within reach – but is it worth it? Our two-year-old Mercedes-Benz C-Class will help us find out...
The car 2015 Mercedes-Benz C220 Bluetec Sport Premium Plus Run by Alex Robbins, used cars editorWhy it’s here It’s one of the best-selling used executive cars, so we want to find out what all the fuss is about – and whether buying a two-year-old example is a worthwhile alternative to a newer car from a less upmarket brandNeeds to Cosset through city traffic jams and motorway snarl-ups during the week and smooth away the miles on longer weekend trips
Price when new £35,655 Price on arrival £24,270 Approx value now £20,000 Mileage on arrival 7998 Mileage now 18,718 Test fuel economy 51.7mpg Official fuel economy 68.9mpg
Prices based on a car with Premium Plus pack but no further optional extras
5 April 2018 – time for new tyres
The winter tyres that were fitted to our used C-Class in preparation for a ski holiday in Austria have now been removed and the original Continental rubber refitted. However, it wasn’t long before I realised that the front tyres, having covered about 18,500 miles, were well past their best, because the car wasn’t steering as smoothly and easily as it should have been.
Then the left front tyre picked up a slow puncture, courtesy of a small screw in the tread. This could have been repaired, but it hardly seemed worth the expense, given that we’d have to replace the front tyres soon anyway. So I decided to kill two birds with one stone and booked the car into Mercedes-Benz Brentford in west London to have two new tyres fitted.
Apart from the fact that I struggled to find a space in the overcrowded car park on arrival, the experience was more than satisfactory. We received swift and attentive service from the dealership staff and the bill for the two new 225/50 WR17 tyres, fitted, came to £360.57. Best of all, the C-Class again steers as it should.