Forget Eddie Redmayne and his Oscar, readers of Business Car decided at the end of January which car got their top vote, with the classy Mercedes Benz C-Class triumphing in the “Business Car of the Year” sector. The Peugeot 308 came “highly commended” in second place, but it was the premium upper medium saloon that business consumers decided was the most efficient, most rewarding car for enhancing the performance of their companies.
This prize is quite a scoop for the Mercedes Benz C-Class because the readers of Business Car are exactly the demographic the German car manufacturer would have been targeting with their prestigious, yet affordable automobile. Even better, their S-class was voted ‘Luxury Car of the Year,’ which essentially meant that Mercedes cleared up in the two categories they would have had their eyes on.
Why Did The Mercedes Benz C-Class Win?
The 2014 Mercedes Benz C-class has been on our UK roads since June 2014, and it represented a huge leap forward which has obviously been recognised by the readers of Business Car. In terms of efficiency, business owners probably won’t find better figures anywhere else from a premium saloon, with this car emitting just 103g/km of CO2 if buyers opt for the C200 diesel variant. This makes it more green-minded than a rival BMW or Audi.
Even better, a diesel-electric hybrid was added a little later in 2014, a power train that emits just 94g/km of CO2 in SE trim. And if these figures weren’t impressive enough, perhaps the arrival of a plug-in hybrid model in April 2015 that will emit just 48g/km of CO2 was enough to sway the voters’ decision.
But if, however, the result didn’t come down to frugality alone (and it’s likely that it didn’t), it’s worth pointing out how great the new Mercedes Benz C-Class looks. It’s a whopping 100kg lighter than before, and this weight loss program has allowed it to look leaner, with 50% of its underbody constructed from high class, swanky aluminium. This is a rarity in cars of this ilk, with many of its competitors still struggling from an overload of bulk.
At the same time, the car has grown in length, which has resulted in more interior space. Not that space at the back is particularly brilliant, but business buyers are not necessarily interested in that; for them, it’s more about what you can get up front. And this cabin is probably as perfect as you’re gonna get from a premium medium saloon. Material quality is high, with metallic air vents being a particular highlight. Indeed, it’s easy to get the impression that Mercedes have spent more than all their rivals put together on cabin quality, another reason why it effortlessly scooped the top prize with Business Car readers.
Should I Get Hold Of One?
Prices for the Mercedes Benz C-Class start out from around £28,985, which makes them super competitive, whilst you’ll be able to get hold of a used Mercedes Benz C-Class for a little less. Standard equipment across the range includes a 7” multimedia display, cruise control, two USB ports, dual-zone climate control, alloys, synthetic leather interior, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. Sally Dennis, Head of Fleet, Mercedes Benz UK, said that the Mercedes Benz C-Class “keeps going from strength to strength with an expanding range of efficient, low tax, low emission fleet models.”
There is a lot to like about this car, and no doubt its profile will have been raised thanks to its brand spanking new gong. It definitely comes with a high quality cabin and efficiency levels that are hard to match elsewhere, whilst the styling is second to none. There is barely anything to fault, with even the price range well structured, making it affordable to even small businesses. Competitive in the areas that matter and better than the competition in terms of interior, it’s really not hard to see why it won top prize. Bravo.
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