MercedesBenz C180 BlueEfficiency Coupe CARmag co za

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Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

At A Glance

When you consider the that Mercedes has had with its capable C-Class range, understandable that the company want to add a stylish coupe to the But does the C-Class coupe a look when the saloon is so good?

Given the warm that BMW’s E92 3 Series has received, it’s a little that Mercedes has taken so to come to the party with a executive coupe of its own. the oddly styled and largely CLC may have technically covered base, but it was underpinned by an old C-Class that endowed the car with dynamics and was limited in terms of the on offer. The C-Class coupe is on a mildly revised version of the platform, offers a choice of petrol engines and a diesel, and is easy on the eye. So, it should be a success…the obtuse answer is and no.

View in profile, the C-Coupe all of the right boxes. The classic traits (long bonnet, A-pillars flowing into an roof) are there, while details as a powerful character running from the front arches to the top of the brakelamps) give the car a appearance – the only aspects jar the effect slightly are a Hoffmeister upsweep at the base of the C-pillar accentuates what is already a heavy rear third of the car and the out B-pillars (granted, these are a monetary/safety-based concession but a pillar-less would have looked the The only facet of the front differentiates the coupe from its sibling is the double-louvre grille and while there’s no denying the car is a handsome machine, with elements such as the brakelamps with other models in the you do get the impression that it is a bit derivative in

The cabin is typical coupe being spacious up front and cramped in the rear. The ergonomics are good, but the manual car I piloted an offset pedal configuration saw the clutch occupying the space expect to find the brake. The has been carried over the saloon, which is no bad thing the updated interior is both and stylish, and the added seat both fore and aft is a welcome In terms of the technological highlights, the Comand online system, encompasses internet connectivity via the smartphone and onboard media is the standout feature – although it allows access to a selection of online services when the car is in

Our KZN launch route mainly swift-moving motorway sections which the C-Coupe acquitted with the same impressive as the saloon. Refinement is good, little road noise the cabin, although the four-cylinder in the C180 BE model I piloted can quite gruff under The standard adaptive damping managed to iron out all but the very road imperfections and the direct steering in the six-cylinder models the car is very responsive and gives the car a pointy demeanour. Having that, the car doesn’t feel sporty – more composed and like the saloon. With 115 kW and 250 N.m of on offer, the base C180 BE was going to be a ball of fire but it up with the traffic well only requiring a downshift on or when trying to nip into a This model is mated a six-speed manual gearbox as Unlike Merc stick of old, this unit is slick and precise with a but easily modulated clutch.

Worth a look?

Viewed in there’s a lot to like about the It’s handsome in a gender-neutral that will appeal to a audience, standard specification is better than that of the saloon models, its road are composed (if not especially entertaining) and solidly built. You can sort of Mercedes’ reluctance to stray too far the C-saloon’s successful formula, but if sampled both cars find so little to differentiate the two the saloon, with its proximity in of styling and road manners – as as the practicality served up by two extra and useable rear accommodation – a bit more sense. The only in which the tables could be turned on the saloon is when the AMG complete with mean kit and Merc’s snarling 6,2-litre V8, later this year.

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Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

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