2013 MercedesBenz C250 Sport Review Autoblog

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Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

2013 Mercedes-Benz C250

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Performance Is Not Only For The AMG Badge

If someone asked you to a moderately priced, fun-to-drive, rear-wheel-drive sport sedan, the BMW would likely be the first that pops to mind. that, other four-door like the Cadillac ATS. IS250 and even the Audi A4 (if you are to accept its rear-bias all-wheel-drive would follow suit. The C250 would eventually the list, but that luxury-oriented would likely be near the

Mercedes-Benz launched the all-new C-Class (internal code at the 2007 Geneva Motor for the 2008 model year. The received a mid-cycle refresh in (shown at the 2011 Detroit Show ) that introduced a seven-speed gearbox and a refreshed, upscale interior to better it with its more expensive But that wasn’t all, as also treated its smallest to a slew of exterior cosmetic new driving assistance systems and telematics. The upgrades were and very stylish, likely why the Mars Red sedan in our driveway heads everywhere it went.

all up, this car’s grand was $42,355.

Our particular test car was a C250 Sedan with a price of $36,255 (including a destination fee). Its most option was the Dynamic Sport ($3,050), which added the seven split-spoke 18-inch AMG rear spoiler, sport in MB-Tex/Dinamica, red seat belts, red stitching, sport steering Advanced Agility Suspension and sensitive steering. The Premium 1 ($2,500) added Sirius/XM Radio, 10-way power seat, power lumbar, steering column, split-folding seats, Harmon-Kardon surround audio package and other The remaining two options were the decklid spoiler ($300) and a order fee ($250). Added all up, car’s grand total was

But our test car was missing a few desirable Had we added navigation ($2,790) and headlights ($1,290), our price have jumped to $46,435 a big jump over its base

While a swelling sticker may push it near the top of the segment, its dimensions keep it at the bottom. The sedan has a 108.7 inch the shortest in its competitive grouping, and its length trails all of the others by an or two. While those numbers won’t really the ride and handling, they do to a slightly smaller passenger especially for those in the back

During our week, not a single complained about a lack of

Yet during our week, not a single complained about a lack of Even though some rubbing their knees on the the passenger cabin of the baby diverted everyone’s attention its sporty, yet tasteful, appointments. liked the bold red seatbelts and upholstery with subtle red There was just the right of bright aluminum trim through the cabin to offset the of the black carpets, dash and too. We especially liked the fabric floor mats red piping, which proved easy to clean.

With to the rest of the cabin, the door-mounted controls are handy and the large switches next to the door logically placed. The primary with light backgrounds, easy to read and the steering felt great in our hands. The controls were easy to use and the max and off buttons conveniently reduced the of buttons we had to push. Praises we still don’t like the infotainment interface and its counterintuitive And why is there a NAV button on the center when there is no navigation (A reader pointed out that NAV may be afterwards via the Becker Map Pilot system that hides in the — Ed.)

With the exception of Lexus. still holds out with a V6 in its sedan, most in the segment are inline four-cylinder engines forced induction. As such, the is fitted with a turbocharged four-cylinder. The thoroughly modern engine is rated at 201 horsepower and 229 of torque, making it slightly powerful than the standard six in the Lexus and the turbocharged 2.0-liter offered by BMW. Audi and in the States. Bolted to the back of the mounted engine is a seven-speed transmission (7G-Tronic Plus) power to the rear wheels.

activated, a full throttle will deliver 60 miles per in about 6.5 seconds.

This is a point to mention the sport found just above the temperature control about up the center console. When (a red light on the silver face the electronically controlled adaptive firm up, the steering becomes and the throttle response is quicker. importantly, the C250 launches a stop in first gear of second. That little is worth its weight in unobtainium, as it transforms the character of the sedan.

activated, a full throttle will deliver 60 miles per in about 6.5 seconds, proving the turbocharged four-banger works bit as hard as its burlier rivals it positively underrated from the wheel. Shifts from the transmission were firm, too firm for some, but those for sport over luxury mind one bit. We liked the gearbox, but found the steering paddle shifters a bit gimmicky as isn’t enough engine to use them for braking. Plus, response to inputs was a bit lethargic.

The chassis was impressively rigid, and we hear a squeak from the all week.

Those who associate with a cushy ride may be disappointed. The C250 Sport the Agility Control upgrade has variable electro-hydraulic dampers deliver a ride on the firm of the comfort meter. We liked it, as its body control complemented grip from the Continental tires (turning the Sport off makes the ride slightly but never mushy). We met zero when tossing the sedan a corner, and the Gs quickly built we dialed in more steering to each turn. The chassis was rigid, and we didn’t hear a from the interior all week. Our letdown came from the effort. It was dead accurate and weighed, but we like more in a vehicle with such a driving demeanor.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

When it comes to braking, has fitted the C250 with drilled rotors at all four They look cool, but the holes actually reduce the friction surface area and the rotors more expensive to Nevertheless, the pedal feel the driver’s seat was excellent, distances were short and never let us down. Drilled sometimes make excessive but we found these pleasantly

We looked forward to turning its key morning.

It is important to mention economy, thus explaining why entry-level Mercedes is fitted a four-cylinder engine and not the V6 of its predecessor. The EPA the 1.8-liter at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg on premium gasoline. To see how far we have in just six years, consider the 2007 C230, with a V6, was rated at a much lower 17 mpg and 23 mpg highway. We didn’t have any hitting the highway numbers steady-state cruising, but our heavy dropped our city driving into the teens. We suggest the Sport button and wearing shoes to hit the EPA’s numbers. A 17.4-gallon fuel tank, the among its competitive set, the Mercedes a strong cruising on the highway and reduces the frequency of to the gas station.

As you can probably tell, we really the Mercedes-Benz C250 Sedan. though it receives a few demerits for space and some questionable this compact sedan is efficient, sporty and very we looked forward to turning its key morning. While we can’t that it is definitively better than the benchmark BMW 328i a head-to-head comparison, we will say the Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport has a spot on our vaulted sport podium.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

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