Best medium car over $50,000

You expect a Mercedes Benz to feel bullet proof and indestructible. The C Class lives up to that lofty expectation, yet also delivers a level of refinement and elegance that is almost unmatched in any class.

Inside, there’s quality everywhere, from switchgear and controls to surface finishes and material. Comfort levels are high, as is standard safety, which includes all the airbags you’d expect and every conceivable electronic driving aid.

In terms of space, the C Class is the equal of the BMW 320D and stronger than the VW Passat CC (both fellow finalists), while its ergonomics are just about best in class.

Mercedes Benz has almost made its general model range look more AMG than ever, and in the case of the attractive C Class sedan, this styling mandate makes the most sense of all. Importantly, inside and out, it looks like you have spent a whole lot more money than you actually have.

On road, the diesel engine is brilliant but it’s almost overshadowed by the slick shifting and silky smooth, seven-speed auto transmission, which always seems to find the right ratio to keep the ‘oiler’ in the meat of its torque curve.

Handling, braking, ride and general on-road performance are all class leading.

Australia's Best Cars Best Medium Car over $50,000 Mercedes Benz C250 CDI Avantgarde

Manufacturer’s List Price: $67,900

Criteria out of 10 – Mercedes Benz C250 CDI Avantgarde

Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  6H
Depreciation  7M
Running Costs  5M
Fuel Consumption  10H
Warranty and dealer access   4M
Insurance  5L
Standard Features  6H

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  10C
Environment  8C
Comfort  9H
Space  7M
Practicality  8M
Ergonomics  8H
Build and Finish  9C

On the Road   Rating 
Performance  9H
Ride  9H
Handling  9C
Braking  9C
Smoothness and Quietness   8H

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.