Best medium car over $50,000 - Mercedes-Benz C200

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Recent sales figures show buyers are willing to pay for a top-quality product, and that’s what they’re getting with Mercedes C 200. It gets the important things right, such as safety and fuel efficiency, sweetens the deal with class-leading standard features and then delivers a seamless drive.

Its safety features include nine airbags, blind-spot and attention assistance, and an active bonnet to reduce the severity of an impact with a pedestrian or cyclist.

The C 200’s comfort and convenience levels are considerable, starting with electric front seats with electro-pneumatic lumbar support, reversing camera, sat-nav, digital radio, synthetic leather upholstery and keyless start. On top of that, there’s Active Park Assist that helps the driver manoeuvre into a parking space.

A frugal 6.0L/100km is achieved with a fuel-saving stop/start system. The 2.0L, 4cyl turbo-charged engine is matched to a 7spd automatic transmission, and there’s never a sense you have to push it hard to get the best out of it. It all works in relaxed harmony, as a perfectly matched set of On The Road scores demonstrates.

The quality of the Mercedes build and finish is, as expected, top-notch.