The C 200 is the entry level grade in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class range and it comes in four body styles: Sedan for $63,400; Estate for $65,900; Coupe for $67,900 and Cabriolet for $88,400.

Standard features include 'Artico' upholstery, which is a synthetic attempt at leather, reversing camera, shifting paddles, dual-zone climate control, aluminium roof rails on the Estate, LED headlights, 64-colour ambient lighting and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The C 200 has a new 135kW/280Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with a nine-speed auto sending drive to the rear wheels. The engine also has what Benz calls a ‘mild hybrid’ function. This isn’t a hybrid with an electric motor driving the wheels, it’s an electrical system  able to provide an additional 10kW/160Nm when accelerating.

The C-Class was awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP rating when it was tested in 2014. The C 200 comes fitted with nine airbags, AEB which works most effectively at lower speeds and blind spot warning.