It’s all good news for prospective owners here. Our market experts expect the C-Class to outperform its rivals on residual values by no small amount if you buy now.

Meantime, although Mercedes is adopting its customary position slightly above equivalent BMW and Audi models on list price, it’s going the extra mile to deliver value for money on equipment.

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Newness ensures class-leading residuals for the C-Class; it comes out on top against the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4

Starting with SE trim, the C-Class comes with 16in alloy wheels, a reversing camera, cruise control and rain-sensing wipers outside, as well as DAB radio and a 7in infotainment screen inside. An Executive Edition upgrade swaps the alloys for 17in ones, adds active parking assist, heated front seats and Garmin-powered sat-nav.

The Sport trim includes electrically folding door mirrors, LED headlights, sports seats, leather steering wheel and an ambient lighting package, while the AMG line gains 18in AMG alloys, AMG body stying, uprated brakes, sports suspension, and AMG pedals and sports seats inside the cabin.

Our information suggests that the car will be competitive for fleet drivers on contract hire, as well as on CO2-derived benefit-in-kind tax.

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On real-world fuel economy, the C 220 d we initially tested gave up a little to an equivalent BMW 320d – but only 10 per cent or so on our touring economy test and less than two per cent overall.

This will easily be a 50mpg car for anyone who cares to drive it with efficiency in mind.

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