2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class SE Estate 2.1 CDI from UK and Ireland
Excellent family car / business tool
Nothing much has gone wrong. A brake return spring was replaced under warranty because of a slight rattle. That is it!
Comfortable, reliable and economical. Bought as an ex-Mercedes fleet car and it's my daily transport. I do 15-17,000 miles per year. Economy has been 55-57 MPG average on mixed driving, but will regularly achieve 65 MPG on long motorway runs, and has hit 70 MPG on 3 occasions (fill to fill, not trip computer). I have done 800 miles on a tank before the light comes on.
Even as a base SE model it has Bluetooth phone connection, climate control, cruise control, front & rear park sensors, automatic wipers, electric seat adjustment, sat nav and electric tailgate (estate). 16" wheels with common size tyres cost about £75 per tyre to replace, but the good news is that fronts last an amazing 50,000 miles and rears 25,000 (miles, not km).
Good points: Room for 4 adults plus luggage. Very relaxed on the motorway. Flat boot floor is very convenient. Build quality. Dealers can be a bit pricey, but I have a 3 year service contract which eases the pain.
Bad points: Foot operated parking brake is an acquired taste. 2.1 diesel is a bit grumbly sometimes. Clutch on manual gearbox has quite a long throw.
I would certainly buy another one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th October, 2016