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Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI Classic

Mercedes-Benz

Review

THE British obsession with class is a strange thing and one which is reaping benefits for German prestige manufacturers. While Mercedes-Benz C-classes and BMW 3-series are two-a-penny in Germany, in Britain they are seen as an aspirational benefit to have in the company car park.

This means Mercedes-Benz and BMW can charge a hefty premium for their entry-level models over here. Witness the C220 CDI Classic tested here - รบ23,185 on-the-road, which significantly outweighs the rivals we have chosen here.

Although Classic trim is the gateway to Mercedes-Benz motoring, the CDI diesel engine technology ups the price ante - our chosen model sits pretty much in the middle of the new C-class range. For our rivals, we have chosen BMW's 320d SE, Alfa Romeo's 156 Veloce and the outgoing Audi A4 1.9 TDI 115 SE.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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