As much as rivals may tire of reading this, it really is hard to fault the C Class coupe. It's the best looking among its peers, the nicest to drive and the best equipped for the price.
What's it got
LED headlights and tail-lights, nine airbags, automatic emergency braking, 360 degree camera, 13-speaker Burmester audio, radar cruise control, lane keeping, blind zone warning, rear cross traffic alert, stop-and-go traffic jam assistance, built-in navigation, high resolution instruments and cabin control displays.
What it hasn't
There's no spare tyre (it relies on run-flats, which can't be repaired after a puncture, can be expensive to replace and hard to source).
Resale value is the strongest among its peers. Running costs during the warranty period is competitive ($1980 over three years). But as with any European car, ideally you'd trade out of it after three years. Servicing starts to get expensive after four or five years.
Pick of the range:
Save $20,000, buy the $65,900 C200 Coupe which looks the same and drives just as well.
An all-new Audi A5 has just been unveiled in Europe ahead of its arrival in Australian showrooms in the first half of next year. That means you can expect sharp deals on the current model. But as with the BMW, the A5 is not as well equipped or as nice to drive as the Mercedes.
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