Mercedes C300 Coupe 2015 review

Mercedes latest addition to the C-Class Coupe range, but does 242bhp C300 deliver?

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Mercedes’ new C-Class Coupé has already impressed us with its sleek styling and quality interior, but we were expecting this mid-range petrol car to be a bit more refined than it is. It’s powerful enough, yet could be quieter and smoother. We’d go for the diesel or wait for the V6-powered C 450 AMG coming later. The overall package is still super desirable, though.

We’ve already driven the diesel-powered C-Class Coupe and bonkers Mercedes-AMG C 63 S version, but what if you haven’t got £66,910 to spend on an AMG and still want petrol power? 

• Best executive cars to buy now

Further down the C-Class Coupe range you’ll find the C 200 and C 300. Both are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with the C 200 pushing out 181bhp and the C 300 offering a sizeable 242bhp. We drove the latter here, with the 7G-Tronic seven-speed auto gearbox.

On paper, it all looks good. Enthusiasts will lust after six-cylinder rivals, but the four-cylinder C 300 does 0-62mph in a very respectable six seconds, with top speed limited to 155mph. Fuel economy is quoted at 44.8mpg, while CO2 emissions of 154g/km mean VED isn’t too bad, either.

In reality, it’s not quite as satisfying as the figures suggest. The 2.0-litre engine doesn’t make a particularly pleasant noise, favouring a drone rather than a sporty sound. Press the throttle to overtake slower traffic and the noise turns harsh – made all the worse by sports exhaust. Progress is not as smooth as you’d expect, either, with power delivery suffering from a little turbo lag at lower revs.

Unusually, we’d opt for the gruffer diesel or even wait for the V6-powered C 450 AMG Sport, coming a little later next year. But while the engine falls a bit short, it’s more than made up for by the rest of the package. It’s arguably the most stylish four-seater coupé in its class, thanks to the fact it shares several distinct cues with the larger, super-exclusive S-Class Coupé.

Inside, the quality and ambience are first rate. The cabin is lifted straight out of the C-Class saloon and Estate, so it’s nicely styled and beautifully made. Two passengers can squeeze into the rear and have a clear view thanks to inboard-mounted seats. The boot is slightly smaller than a BMW 4 Series’ but is well shaped.

Standard kit on this entry-level version includes sports seats, LED headlights and a parking camera. For an extra £1,495, the AMG Line model provides bodykit, 18-inch wheels and 15mm-lower suspension.

Most Popular

New 2022 Range Rover leaks: first look at new Land Rover flagship SUV
Range Rover leak - front
Land Rover Range Rover

New 2022 Range Rover leaks: first look at new Land Rover flagship SUV

Images of what could be the next Range Rover have appeared on social media ahead of next week’s reveal
21 Oct 2021
New Kia EV6 2021 review
Kia EV6 front tracking
Kia EV6

New Kia EV6 2021 review

With a sporty drive, 300-plus miles of range and plenty of tech - could the new Kia EV6 be one of the best electric cars on sale?
19 Oct 2021
New Hyundai Ioniq 6 targeting Tesla Model 3 with 311-mile range
Hyundai Ioniq 6 - watermarked
Hyundai

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 targeting Tesla Model 3 with 311-mile range

The new Hyundai Ioniq 6 saloon will join the Ioniq 5 in the brand’s all-electric line-up and our exclusive image previews how it could look
21 Oct 2021