The C-Class is a roomy, premium estate with high levels of comfort, safety and equipment. Competition is tough and its main alternatives are BMWs versatile 3-Series Touring and Audis popular A4 Avant. However, the C-Class stands up well to both. It blends potent performance and good looks with interior refinement and a big boot. Theres a wide choice of engine, trim and transmission combinations available.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK is a feel-good convertible. Every one of its engines is a pleasure to drive, it looks stunning and has a party-piece in its folding metal roof. Inside its well built, comfortable and well equipped. As a result its been a hit for Mercedes-Benz and used prices have stayed high. Great investment as car gurus make it the next collectors car.
The 2000 C-Class did well to knock the BMW 3-Series off its perch as the most desired car in this class. Supercharged 1.8-litre engines replaced the two smallest petrol engines in 2002 bringing huge improvements in fuel consumption, while a major update in summer 2004 made the C-Class a more rewarding car to drive.