Motoring: New Mercedes C-Class proves quietly confident

Gorgeous inside and out, this latest iteration of the model doesn’t need any glittering launch to draw attention to itself

The Mercedes C-Class: its style isn’t radically different to anything else in the canon, but its compact dimensions seem to make the most of the company’s current design language

The fifth generation of the Mercedes C-Class has only just hit the Irish market, in time for the new 221 registration plate next week. Its arrival was not marked by the usual razzmatazz that might normally accompany the introduction of such a key model from the German brand. Blame the coronavirus pandemic and semiconductor shortages in the motor industry for that.

However, the striking appearance of the new saloon speaks for itself. The C-Class’s style ...