New Mercedes C-Class (2014) prices and specs

19 Feb, 2014 10:42am Sam Naylor

Full UK prices and specs for new Mercedes C-Class 2014 revealed, starting from £26,855. First cars arrive in June.

Full prices and specs for the all-new Mercedes C-Class 2014 have been released, with prices starting from £26,855 and the first UK deliveries to be made in June 2014.

Update: Our full Mercedes C-Class review is now online, along with a drive of the C250 BlueTEC model. Click on these links to read the Auto Express verdict. Or get an alternative review of the Mercedes C Class on our sister site Carbuyer.

There will be two engines available in the 2014 Mercedes C-Class intitially: a C200 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and a C220 BlueTec 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel. The gearboxes available with these engines are a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. We're expecting to see three more engines hit the line-up before the end of 2014, including a hybrid model that will appeal to company car buyers.

There will be three trim levels available from launch: SE, Sport and AMG Line. The entry-level SE models cost from £26,855 for the petrol, or £29,365 for the diesel. The SE spec includes 16-inch alloy wheels, Artico upholstery. a touchpad-controlled centrally mounted seven-inch colour display, two-zone air conditioning and a media interface. You can read more about the new Mercedes C-Class interior below.

There's plenty of standard equipment on the new C-Class, including a reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers, Attention Assist, Speedtronic cruise control, heated windscreen wiper washers, a tyre pressure monitoring system and Collision Prevention Assist Plus as standard.

The Agility Select system is also included, allowing the driver to choose from five driving modes - Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

Go for a C-Class Sport, though, and you'll drive away in a car with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, lowered comfort suspension, chrome exterior trim and a Garmin sat-nav. Prices for this model start at £28,850 or £31,360 for petrol or diesel respectively

Go even higher to the AMG Line (which starts at £30,345 for the petrol, or £32,855 for the diesel) and you get 18-inch AMG alloys, AMG bodystyling and steering wheel, sports suspension and an Artico finish to the upper dashboard.

Although the C-Class comes with a high level of equipment as standard, Mercedes will offer a host of option packs.

Buyers of the entry level SE model can select the Executive Pack (£995), which adds the sat-nav, plus heated front seats and split folding rear seats. On Sport and AMG Line models, the Driving Assistance Package (£1,495) adds Distronic Plus, Blind Spot Assist, Pre-safe and Lane-Keeping Assist.

Buyers of these models can also spec the Premium Pack (£1,595), which adds a panoramic glass sunroof, memory front seats, ambient interior lighting and keyless-go.

The Premium Plus Pack (£2,795) includes all the elements of the Premium pack but adds COMAND Online and the 590W Burmester Surround Sound stereo.

Additional options include the AIRMATIC Agility Package (£895), which adds variable, self-levelling air suspension. You can also opt for a head-up display for £825, the Air Balance Package at £350 and a 360-degree camera (£335).

Mercedes C-Class 2014 - the story so far

The C-Class was officially revealed at an exclusive event on the eve of the Detroit Motor Show. The new, fifth-generation model is far more than just another posh compact saloon - it's set to be the most efficient, refined and dynamic model in its class.

Since then, we've also spotted the high performance C63 AMG version of the new Mercedes C-Class out testing. The flagship model will ge a twin-turbo V8 with around 450hp in standard guise.  

Detroit Motor Show 2014 

"The C-Class is our highest volume model in the world, and the US is its single biggest market," Mercedes CEO, Dr Dieter Zetsche said. "It's only right that it debuts here in Detroit."

Before the Detroit unveil Mercedes showcased the new C-Class at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas where an 'augmented reality app' gave visitors a digital preview of the new car ahead of its official launch at the Detroit Motor Show 2014.   

Codenamed W205, the latest C-Class sits on the new modular rear-drive chassis architecture (MRA) that will underpin every large Mercedes for the next five years. This has the capacity for hybrid and electric power, four-wheel drive and a wide range of different vehicle shapes and sizes all built into its structural DNA.

New Mercedes C-Class video

The new Mercedes C-Class is clearly designed to have a family resemblance with the new Mercedes S-Class, with a sleeker look than the current model. It features pulled back LED headlights, prominent styling lines along the body and a sloping roofline.

The Mercedes C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models will most likely appear in 2015, alongside a high-performance AMG model. This model will get a storming 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that helps it go from 0-62mph in about 4 seconds.

New Mercedes C-Class Estate

Mercedes C-Class Estate rear quater

The Mercedes C-Class Estate has been spotted in winter testing by our spy photographers. You can check out the full set of the latest shots in the gallery above. The boot space is expected to be in excess of 500 litres for this model, while all the specs and engines from the saloon will be shared with the more practical estate.

The new C-Class estate isn’t due to be launched until the autumn, but product manager Iris Schleicher told Auto Express: “We tried to make the new wagon look like more of a lifestyle car, more stylish. It’s bigger, too, but we’re trying to ensure it doesn’t look as practical as it is.”

Mercedes C-Class 2014 interior

The interior represents a huge step forward for the Mercedes C-Class, making it by far the most luxurious yet. The brand has taken its opportunity to introduce the kind of state-of-the-art technology and luxurious finish that established the S-Class as such a dominant class leader.

The crystal-clear digital TFT screens (one between the dials and a tablet-style display on the centre console) feature pin-sharp colour graphics, and the clickable touchpad control is the kind of new technology that’ll soon be the industry standard.

Opt for the COMAND online upgrade and you get a larger screen, with its pin-sharp graphics and intuitive touchpad and scroll wheel. Using simple smartphone gestures like swiping and pinching you can control virtually all the major functions, click easily through the various sub-menus and trace individual letters and numbers.

In the back the slightly longer wheelbase of the new C-Class means legroom is generous, and headroom is decent as well, while the swept back windows and wide light fabrics only increase the sense of space. The smart switches and vents are carried over to the rear seats, and although there is no official size yet, the boot looks impressively large too.

The boot is also bigger than before, matching the BMW 3 Series with a capacity of 480 litres.

New Mercedes C-Class technology

Mercedes C-Class interior leaked

The key to the new chassis is its light weight, and this theme continues throughout the car – 50 per cent of the body is now made from aluminium, so even though the new C-Class is 95mm longer and 40mm wider than before, it’s up to 100kg lighter.

Aerodynamics have played a major part in shaping the sleek exterior design, too. Oversized full LED headlights dominate the aggressive new front end, and will be standard on all UK cars. The AMG Sport-spec model in our pictures gets a beefier front end with larger grilles and a chrome front splitter, and the whole car is tapered at the back for a sleeker profile. But exterior designer Robert Lesnik told us that like all the brand’s saloons, the C-Class has actually been toned down.

“The new A-Class was a game-changer for us, but it’s a Marmite car. People seem to love it or hate it,” he said. “The C-Class is a three-box saloon, one of the industry’s oldest shapes, so of course it has to be more traditional.”

The new C220 BlueTEC diesel has a drag coefficient of 0.24Cd – better than most coupés – and when combined with the lighter body, Mercedes claims to have cut fuel consumption by 20 per cent. This means the 168bhp saloon, which can cover 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds, also emits 103g/km of CO2 – easily beating BMW’s most frugal 320d EfficientDynamics (which emits 109g/km).

Joining the C220 at launch will be C180 and C200 petrol models. The C180 uses a 154bhp 1.6-litre engine that emits just 116g/km of CO2, while the C200 features a 184bhp 2.0-litre, does 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds but still emits less CO2 than a VW Golf 1.4 TSI.

Soon after the new C-Class hits showrooms in March, Mercedes will introduce a much wider selection of engines, with an even cleaner 1.6-litre diesel sourced from Renault used to bring headline CO2 figures well below the 100g/km barrier.

Also following will be a 330bhp petrol V6, and by the end of 2014 the full-blooded V8 AMG version will have joined the range. Plus, the C-Class will take its lead from the S-Class by offering a choice of petrol and diesel hybrids. The C300 BlueTEC HYBRID uses the same technology as the E-Class, but promises 72.4mpg.

In another first for Mercedes, the new C-Class will be available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive – even in the UK – as it shares its mechanical underpinnings with the next-generation GLK, due in 2015. That should help the car compete with Audi’s quattro models, as well as the current wave of BMW xDrive saloons – although 4WD will only be available as an option on the most powerful models in the range, including the C220, C250 and C400 V6 petrol.

Despite the efficiency claims, senior development manager Peter Kolb said: “One of the most important parts to develop was the driving experience.”

Mercedes has developed a sophisticated front suspension set-up, borrowed from the S-Class, and will offer three types of springs. All cars have steel Comfort springs as standard, with sportier AMG models getting a stiffer, less forgiving set-up and a 15mm drop in ride height.

Finally, the C-Class will also be available with optional AIRMATIC air springs. These give a choice of five driving modes, plus a self-levelling feature. This tech is a first for the class, and Kolb told us that his team “had used all of its experience with the E-Class” to develop the new system.

To help things feel instantly sportier from behind the wheel, the seats can be lowered 20mm further than before, and they’ve been reshaped for better lateral support. Plus, a new electronic power-steering system aims to improve high-speed stability and increase driver feedback. Kolb also told us that because the bodyshell was so much stiffer, “there will be no complaints about noise or vibration” in this version of the C-Class.

A new six-speed manual box has also been engineered for the C-Class, while there’s the option of an upgraded version of a seven-speed auto. However, Kolb explained a nine-speed transmission is already well underway, and will join the range as soon as it’s finished.

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I like these latest pictures of the Next Mercedes-Benz C-Class

I want it now eyeing

I hope they have sorted out reliability of the electro-mechanical devices. Mercs have too many problems for a suposed quality car.

i don't think its a pretty car by far but Interior looks rather nice

just hope Mercedes can improve its customer service and attitude of staff

I hope UK will be offered with some decent petrol engines & not be left out !, not everyone need a diesel or do lots of miles ! since there is no C350 anymore not even C300 CGi like elsewhere in the world ! the c class coupe decent looker but not even C250 or 350 CGi only 2 petrol engines a C180 thats 1.6 and AMG, obviously the latter is out of my and many many people price range ! pathetic choice ! either that or else i stick to Lexus (new IS250/300h wow) thanks !

This was a nice read and a nice insight into the new Mercedes, which looks great! the question is though will the price be right? - James, The Car Loan Warehouse

Merc really seem to have lost the plot with the styling on their cars and this new c-class or 'common-class' is another example. A droopy 'jelly mould' shape. The profile of this car reminds me of a Rover 75 for gods sake.

Plug ugly!

I hope it's going to be reliable and not like other Merks developing problems like SRS , ABS lights etc coming on at a very young age and low mileage perhaps using electronics from japan and not only engines will help not to mention ripoff dealer servicing charges

Electronics from Japan?! German electrics from Mr Bosch GmbH I think you'll find!! LOL

This is another new model from Mercedes with the latest style of dashboard that is downright ugly !
Who wants a large display permanently stuck on
top of the dash that looks like an afterthought.

Great job, Mr. Robert Lesnik

Mercedes are on their way out, first we get the awful A Class, now this monstrosity. When will they learn that it doesn't matter how good it is underneath, if it looks this bad no one will want to try it in the first place. The dash top mounted TFT screen looks like an afterthought too.

Me! Who doesnt?!

I have had an issue with my ABS at just 6 months old but Merc have sorted it and at least its much more reliable than BMW's and Audi's. Nothing worse than an Audi for leaving you stranded.

Fantastic!! Are you looking the rest of Germany, this is how to style a car. Maybe you should try it sometime. It has flair, it is individual, it has style. Something all Audis and BMW's are missing.

The only thing that lets it down is that screen, I can see why they have done it but it is letting the fantastic interior down.

I have a current C class which is inly a year or so away from change so might be inline for one of these especially if it rides as well as this current model, unless Alfa have a new saloon out of course!

I think its fantastic (of course personal opinion) makes the droopy ugly 3 series even worse than it already is and makes the A4 look like a dinosaur.

Anybody over the age of seven, that's who and touch screens should be outlawed in cars - see BMW's superb idrive for how it should be done.

By style do you mean an old Rover 75 made of plastic left out in the sun to droop with a Mercedes grill grafted on for a laugh....

Bread with no butter... nothing to excite! Bland style with no attraction at all!

Correct.

Have they finally got rid of the stupid foot operated parking brake?

I like the New Mercedes C-Class (2014) that has been officially revealed

It looks good!

This is down to dealers. If your Merc dealer has apathetic and self-important staff then change to another. Things improved a lot for me when I changed, have to go 20 miles further now though.

Well they have Renault power now, so not much hope then.

No.

Could be worse could be like a 3 series which looks like a fat man sat on its nose and then added a grille from a 30 year old car

Yeah there should be a pensioner option that removes the touch screen for those funny old duffers who cant work out this young mans tech and need the tin from a Frey Bentos pie to control things.

Couldn't have put it better myself!

Like all German cars. Audi and BMW have terrible engine failure rates but better electrics. But they are all screwed together well.

You've got to be a robot!

Other manufacturers have the display as part of the dashboard or as a flip up type, so why not Mercedes ?

I can only guess its a cost reduction exercise. Means the manufacture of just one dash which can be easily fitted with the screen or not.

At the tender age of 58 i suppose i am an old duffer !
But having worked in electronics all my life, i know a poor design when i see one, and touch screens are not a good idea in cars.

It is interesting all this discussion about touch screens! I have one of these on top of my dash in my CLA and one matter how many times I touch it nothing happens!
It might have something to do with the fact that it is not a touch screen. AE reporters should get their facts right before printing misleading info.
The screen on the dash of the new C Class is not a touch screen, it is a TFT display.

Re the dash mounted display, according to the press pack, the display is controlled by a "Touch Pad" positioned so that both the driver and passenger can operate it.
So i stand corrected regarding the display type.
It still looks like an afterthought to me, others may like it.

I disagree completely. They centralise all controls and remove the need for dials and buttons every where (even if it turns out the Merc doesn't have one but in fact has a 'mouse') I guess this would be down to opinion but since everything in my house from lights to the TV to the fridge to the curtains can be controlled from my tablet I guess I just prefer it that way.

We will just have to wait and see how easy the Mercedes "Mouse" is to use.
A friend has just taken delivery of a new Vauxhall Insignia, and the touch pad controller is hopeless, with a very hit and miss selection of the functions.
Let's hope that Mercedes have made a better one.

One of the lads at work has recently got a new Insignia and has said the same thing. I would hope ze germans have put some more effort in.

Fingers crossed that Mercedes have found the right solution, BMW's i-drive works, if you don't mind turning and pushing the control wheel, a mouse should be easier to use.

I wonder where all the extra cm in lenght went. It grew 10/8 cm in length and wheelbase but only 2 of those ended up as more room for the knees in the rear !
In fact, even the 20 cm shorter C-class from 93`and the current small A-Class have more legroom to offer...
Mercede made such a fuss about the bigger room in the rear and that this is the reason why the car is longer.
And all that showed up in the rear are 2 more cm...

I hope they improve the engine choice for UK on this one, you seen the current offerings ? what happened to C250, 350 CGi ?? not even a C300 CGi that's offered elsewhere in world, pathetic ! I know they stated here there be a choice of 4, 6 cyl petrol engine but question is would they bring them to UK ? If not give me a Lexus IS anyday ! and 1.6 diesel for car this size, petrol 1.6 as in the C180 fine just ! but diesel & Renault sourced ?? WTF??!! it gets worse !

The Frechies have invested millions in improving real (rather than perceived) quality.

I can say from experience that the 2009> versions of Megane/Scenic have been faultless through more than 50,000 miles of heavy use.

Don't blame you for your comments, I used to think the same but if you get the opportunity to run a new Renault, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

laughed too hard over that one

Look at the INFINITI made by Nissan ,if you wish a comfortable large petrol engine car,
drove one for the first time last year while in Moscow ,Will think about them

Agree with you cargeek... and to mention renault engines have been ruling f1 for many years

You need to do more research before talking about renault cliff. Renault engines are in the top for reliability compare to german engines which has terrible failure rates. German cars are overrated and thats a fact

Yet another new car that's wider than its predecessor. How long before double parked cars start to meet in the middle?

Thank you. Finally I am not alone in thinking this.

Hello, I think that the new C-class 2014 interior is nicer than the E-class interior, don't you think ? I wonder if they will upgrade the E-class 2014 ? Thank you.

a 1.6 Diesel and from a Renault??!!! WTF??!?!?!? PMSL, I If I to pay a Mercedes price expect a Mercedes or a prestige designed/built engine !

Merc, I know you are trying to be younger in the UK by not bringing the non-sport design models here but that might cause you to lose your existing customers. I'm young so that doesnt matter to me(facelifted C250 CDI AMG owner) but just be careful.

What a let down poor repeated design when will merc move out of the 1990s

Unfortunately millions in terms of car development is really not very much. Renault do have Nissan helping them though, which is making a difference.

I run a Renault, and it's been reliable runner, but interior bits keep falling off and breaking.

Oh dear MB - this new C Class is not attractive at all is it? It looks like an Hyundai that's just started to melt in the hot sun. How come MB has lost its once distinctive, sharp Germanic looks? It is now aping several awful 'me too' designs from the far East. Why?? Stick to being distinctively German - not some cheap Korean look a like!

Yes I moved away from Mercedes after having to put up with rude/arrogant staff. I had a few problems with poor quality parts that they wouldn't change under warranty. Mainly because the parts were made in China! I see Aston Martin have the same problem!

I'm planning to buy a CClass and was told by the dealer that its the 2014 model (Elegance). Now I'm seeing that there's a new model which doesn't look like mine. I called the dealer up who says to me that the model coming out in June is an "Avant-garde" model and that the one he quoted for is still the latest model of our range. Does this make sense???

Does anyone know when the release date of c class amg?

I have the rs250 megane and have had e class mercs, jags and honda but the meg beats them all....with absolutely no issues.

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