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This generation of C-Class is Mercedes' closest competitor to the 3-Series and the A4 for a long time. Perfect handling, refinement, modern styling, powerful and clean engines. Yet still durable. This is a massive leap from older C-Classes.
While this C-Class reaches out to a new audience it still pleases its traditional customers; it is available with two different front end styles, traditional Merc Grille & mascot and Audi-like grille with no mascot.
Mercedes have invested a great deal in their diesel engine technology and the market has responded. A 4 year old C200 1.8 SE petrol will cost £4000 less than a C200 CDi diesel.
You need to go one way or another on this car if you want to protect resale value. Sport spec needs leather, gadgets and the Audi-like grille. Go cloth trim and small engines and you need the traditional grille.
A year old C200SE petrol will cost £22,300 or you could pay up to £26,000 for a diesel car.
Depreciation will continue to be steady on these cars, peaking at about 10% for petrol models.
Used Car Expert recommends that you try to buy after a big drop in depreciation and before the next one, so with the current Mercedes C Class you would aim to buy a 4 year old and sell it before it is 6 years old.
Diesel Mercedes C Class cars lose most over the first year (from new to 1 year old), so that is the best ‘nearly new’ buy in terms of car for money.
Petrol Mercedes C Class cars lose least between years 1 and 3, so this is the best buy if you want to keep the car for a while.
Petrol Mercedes C Class cars lose least between years 2 and 4, so that is the best buy on older cars.
For advice on what to pay, see below and for more detailed depreciation and mileage & spec adjusted prices & graphs visit our price guide.