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Best Car for Long Distances: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Find out why the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the 2017 winner of our Best Car for Long Distances award.

When you’ve got a long way to go and you know you’re going to be sat at the wheel for hours, you want your car to be as relaxing as possible. You want it to be comfortable, quiet, and have lots of technology to keep you entertained.
Last year’s winner of our Best Car for Long Distances Award, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, does just that. Owners were particularly impressed with its comfort and its features, giving the car top marks in both areas. Like most of our awards, this category was decided by feedback collated from a survey of around 10,000 car owners, all of whom rated their car in 16 key areas. That means an Auto Trader New Car Award is a real stamp of approval from people that live with the car day-in, day-out, and it makes each winner a true consumer champion. Here are just a few of the comments that owners made about the C-Class…
  • “Has everything that a driver could want, a luxury car at a reasonable price. Comfort, power, looks and safety.”
  • “Looks fantastic and drives superbly. What's not to like?”
  • “This car has far surpassed any car I have ever driven previously in every single respect. I am completely in love with it.”
While the C-Class is undoubtedly a fine mile-muncher, it didn’t quite make the list of the very best according to our experts. You can see what did in our Best Long Distance Cars feature. You can also see how our experts rated the C-Class in our Expert Review .
Will the C-Class take top honours again in 2018, or will another car be voted in ahead of it? Both the Ford Mondeo and Honda Civic came close last year as runners-up, and with dozens of SUVs being released since then, many of which lend themselves well to long-distance motoring, could one of those beat the Merc? Have your say on the outcome of our 2018 New Car Awards by completing the survey and letting us know what you think of your car. Be sure to watch out for the results on 24 May.

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