Used buyer's guide: Mercedes CLC

The Mercedes CLC wasn’t a showroom hit, but it's a fine second-hand buy

How much?

High-mileage C180 or C180K Sports Coupes start at £2,000, with the cheapest C220 CDI around £500 more. Petrol cars with fewer than 60,000 miles on the clock cost from £3,500; equivalent diesels start at £4,000. If you’ve got £7,000 you can secure a 56-plate C200K SEor a 55-plate C350 SE or C220 CDI SE, all autos.

The CLC starts at £8,000, with the newest cars still hitting £17,000. A £12,000 budget buys a C180K or C220 CDI SE, with an auto and under 30,000 miles. Most have an auto; expect to pay £300-£800 less for a manual.

Running costs

ModelInsurance groupFuel economyCO2 emissionsAnnual road tax
C/CLC 1602337mpg183g/km£215
C1802637mpg183g/km£215
C/CLC 180K2637mpg183g/km£215
C/CLC 200K2835mpg192g/km£250
C/CLC 2303230mpg222g/km£270
C230K3227mpg245g/km£270
C/CLC 320/3503729mpg232g/km£270*
C/CLC 200 CDI2643mpg172g/km£195
C/CLC 220 CDI2842mpg174g/km£195

Until October 2007, all C-Classes had the Service Assist variable service indicator, with minor (approx. £235) or major (£345) maintenance being required every 12,000-15,000 miles, or up to two years. Later cars need attention every 15,500 miles or 12 months.

All engines are chain driven, so there are no cambelts to change, but the brake fluid needs renewing every two years (£55) and the coolant every 15 years (£85). The air-conditioning costs £110 to recharge.

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