Our pick: Mercedes-Benz C 180 from S$229,888 with COE (June 2021)
Read our review of the Mercedes-Benz C 180 here
Where’s the next-gen 2021 C-Class? It’s due in Singapore at the end of 2021 as our report tells. But until then,
Mercedes-Benz’s contender is the oldest amongst the German trio, but it too received a major update in 2019 to keep it fresh against the competition. Like the A4, it too now comes with mild hybrid power.
The mild hybrid powerplant is only available on the C 200 version though, which goes for S$251,888 with COE, but it’s probably the one to go for if you cover a lot of miles.
The model which will suit most buyers is the C 180, which starts at a significantly lower S$229,888 with COE. For the money, it offers a good balance of performance and price.
There’s the less expensive, and less powerful COE Category A C 160 model though it is no longer on the pricelists – we think stock of the current-gen car is running low. When that model first launched, it was only a S$5k price difference to the C 180 and we didn’t recommend it, but if you want to save S$10k and don’t mind going a little slower, it’s the C-Class to get. Read our review of it here. The COE Cat A option matters less now – the A4, for instance, is actually more frugal despite having a larger, and more powerful engine.
Overall, the C-Class is not quite as exciting to drive as the 3 Series, nor as tech-laden as the A4, but what the C-Class offers in spades is lots of luxury and comfort, as one would expect from a Mercedes-Benz.
Like the Audi and BMW, the Merc offers voice control, you can activate it by saying ‘Hey Mercedes’, though we found it not as astute as BMW’s IPA, perhaps due to the lack of a 4G connection onboard. The interior is arguably one of the nicest places to sit in, with a modern, high quality vibe that wouldn’t be out of place in any of the C-Class’ larger siblings.
Power-hungry folks would also be delighted to know that there’s no less than two high performance versions, namely the mildly hot C 43 AMG (POA) and the full-bore C 63 S AMG (POA) with its thunderous 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that whips out a colossal 510hp. So, whatever your preference or budget, there’s pretty much a C-Class to suit all tastes.