THE much improved Mercedes-Benz C-Class range offers tidier styling, some jaw-dropping safety features and, most importantly, acutely competitive emissions and fuel consumption. Especially in the 1.6 entry level C180 BlueEFFICIENCY form.
Push through a series of fast, flowing bends and confidence starts to build as you take in the near-perfect balance, the superb body control and the way you can flick the car from corner to corner with the minimum of stress.
The whole performance might not be quite as rewarding as it is in a 3 Series but it is more relaxing.
The previous generation C-Class was long held to be a handsome thing but this current car opts for a refinement of that look with some very deft detailing.
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The cabin gets a smartly styled dashboard with an integrated display screen and higher quality materials. A stepped extension to the instrument cluster also accommodates the central display.
A large section of galvanised trim extends from the centre air vents across the front passenger side to the outer air vent, Mercedes having acted on feedback from CLS owners highlighting their appreciation of bold interior design themes.
The wheelbase of the C-Class remains as compact as ever, so don't expect too much rear legroom.
Mercedes has managed to shoehorn a quite stunning amount of safety technology into this current C-Class. With a total of ten new driving assistance systems ranging from ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection to DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control, the C-Class goes at least the extra mile beyond the usual stability control, airbags and ABS norm.
As ever, you'll pay a premium to own a C-Class but as many buyers in Europe have twigged a little quicker than British customers, you'll get it back at resale time.
Three year residual values should comfortably top 50 per cent, leading in turn to a cost per mile figure that's less than a 2.0-litre diesel Renault Megane.
Not every buyer in the compact executive sector wants a diesel engine and for those lower mileage users who don't, this C-Class variant will make a lot of sense, now very nearly on a par with its Audi and BMW rivals.