2008 MercedesBenz C180K Review | The Truth About Cars

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C180K

Engineered like no other car in the At some point in the 90’s, dropped their longstanding ad And no wonder. The promise had become a ironic joke. That it stopped being funny it started being you making pilgrimages to your local Mercedes trumpets its new C-Class as a to the legendary, over-engineered cars of past. Heading straight to the bottom of the range, will the and most basic of all true right 15 years of wrong?


ist Ihr Mercedes C180. The attractive clerk handed me the keys and to a basic looking silver nestled in between two extremely Alfa Romeo wagons. next to the two beauties, the C180K more like Miss instead of Vesper Lynd. and elegant, the new C-Class dropped year’s goofy ovoid and returned to the timelessly classic shape of the late 1970’s.

Being the cheapest in the C-Class you get a hood ornament, body door handles and plastic covers. The C180K offers of the chrome disco bauble found on the North American and its all the better for it. The C180K feels secure in its inexpensive roots, to the world that you purchased an masterpiece, not a tarted-up special Lincoln cough).

The unadorned minimalism continues the only gleaming surface find is a polished aluminum manual gear lever. black plastic and a few chrome accent the rest of the C180K’s and gauges. Power windows, climate control and a small Nav hidden away in the top of the dash are the options. For a mere 30k Euros, you get you need und nothing more you need a place to put your

Everything about the C180K’s reeks of superior design and from the ergonomically perfect seats, to materials that as though they were to survive a nuclear blast. The shows every Euro’s of its cost in its absolute perfect

Putting the infrared key into the I cranked the Merc’s diminutive supercharged four-cylinder powerplant. The places 156bhp and a torquey at your disposal, with a little thrum exiting the chrome exhaust pipe. The revs as smoothly as it sounds, surprise, it does so with eagerness. Depressing the perfectly clutch (yes, a manual) and the vague-feeling gear lever first, I pulled out of the carpark and straight for the autobahn.

The smallest engine in the C felt at home puttering around Despite the hefty 3400lbs, the felt sprightly and nimble the narrow streets, weaving Smart cars, Golfs and The steering was light and tossable.

The ride was brand faithful. surmounting cobblestones, concrete or the C180K was a planted, communicative and city car. Never for power, easy to shift, the C everything, demanded nothing.

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Amy, my electronic navigatrix, me to turn left to merge the A6 autobahn. Und now it’s time to whether the downmarket Merc had aspiration.

Shifting to third, the accelerator, the C180K moved at an adequate pace. A useful arrived in about nine I’ve driven faster and I’ve driven slower. The slots nicely between the in that special place hot-footing into a merge some attention, but not a lot. And you’re done.

Entering the speed zone, I mashed the gas Expecting the engine to run out of puff, I on in amazement as the engine kept 140kmh flashed by. The steering the suspension hugged the ground and the remained quiet. When rolled around, I shifted The Merc continued to plunge

The wind noise increased as we topped 260kmh (downhill), yet the Merc remained as composed as in a flotation tank. When the finally petered-out on the flat and the C180K was doing over in the rain, in the Alps, at night. And my were sound asleep. We 40mpg coming back Munich. Astounding.

It’s years since I’ve a car so completely cohesive. The C180K was but never cheap. It wasn’t but it was fun to drive. It delivers excellent economy. Priced right, the could well help NA restore some lost

Of course, mechanical and electronic are the ultimate hurdles for a true to greatness. I remain skeptical, but the just got better for American motorists willing to bet on a Benz.

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