It’s powered by a 201bhp 1.8-litre turbo engine, and in AMG Sport Plus trim looks as good as the pricier C350. Its design mixes sportiness and elegance more convincingly than the BMW 3 Series Coupe, and 18-inch alloys are fitted as standard.
The 1.8-litre engine offers fine performance thanks to 310Nm of torque. In-gear acceleration feels almost as fast as the V6’s, but 0-62mph takes a second longer, at 7.2 seconds. Add a smooth seven-speed auto box and the C-Class Coupe can be a relaxed cruiser if needed.
The steering is light and fairly precise, while there’s also lots of grip and adaptive dampers ensure a comfortable ride. A 3 Series is sharper to drive, but the C-Class is easier to live with.
Although the cabin is dull, all the controls are well laid out and everything feels solid. The DAB radio is one of the best there is, but the driving position is disappointing: the steering wheel is offset to the left, while the pedals are offset to the right.
Unfortunately, opting for the 1.8-litre turbo over the V6 doesn’t really cut running costs: claimed fuel economy is the same as the larger engine’s, at 40.4mpg, and CO2 emissions just 1g/km lower. Still, while we prefer the C350 for its performance and smooth power delivery, you won’t lose out much if you opt for the cheaper C250 model.