With an average rating of four out of five stars, reviews of the Mercedes-Benz C220 tout a high safety rating, comfort, spaciousness and quality performance, while admonishing it for loud engine noise and less ability to handle smoothly at high speeds. Many critics agree that the C220 BlueTEC diesel engine is the best choice in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, especially for the price.
According to reviewers, the C220 is geared more toward comfort and spaciousness than sporty handling, with a large, luxurious interior and stylish design that WhatCar calls one of its biggest assets. For comfort, the C220 has plenty of head- and legroom in the front, but some reviewers note that the dome glass roof design infringes on headroom in the back.
Plenty of safety features, including a sensored collision-prevention system, a tire pressure monitoring system, seven airbags and good visibility, make this car easy and reliable to drive, but many critics take issue with engine noise.
According to AutoExpress, which gave the C-Class a performance rating of 3.5, "The C-Class' upmarket atmosphere is spoiled when you twist the key and Mercedes' ageing diesel rattles into life." WhatCar agrees that the engine transmits too much vibration to the cabin, making it feel "unrefined by modern standards." Telegraph further agrees with these statements, but adds that,\ "once up to motorway cruising speeds, the engine clatter fades into the background."