The C 300 sits at the top of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class range, before the Mercedes-AMG grades begin and can be had in four body styles: Sedan for $71,400; Estate for $73,900 ; Coupe for $84,900 and Cabriolet for $101,900.

Standard features include leather upholstery, reversing camera, shifting paddles, dual-zone climate control, aluminium roof rails on the Estate, LED headlights, 64-colour ambient lighting, privacy glass, proximity key and 19-inch alloys.

The C 300’s 2.0-litre turbo four has had a 10kW boost taking power to 190kW, while torque is still 370Nm. A nine-speed auto sends drive to the rear wheels.

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

Stepping up to the C 300 brings the 'Driving Assistance package' which adds a more sophisticated AEB with cross traffic function and evasive steering, plus lane keeping assistance.