2014 MercedesBenz Cclass Review | Autocar

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Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI W203

Mercedes-Benz C-class review

So why the new Mercedes-Benz C-class matters. matters. Created in 1992 to the legendary 190 and nicknamed ‘the Benz’ internally by Mercedes, the has beeen the three-pointed star’s car ever since.


The Mercedes C250 isn’t to the UK, but it’s expected to be the top-selling globally

What’s more, fifth-generation car needs to hold the for another seven years for because the next one won’t until 2021. So if ever needed to get a car right, and get it right the word go, this is it.

Which is why has thrown everything at the car this round. Inside and out, the new says Mercedes, “feels a free upgrade into class”. Its cabin is a thing of quality and beauty, featuring a of sophistication that, as we’ll elevates it above and beyond any car in this class.

It’s a bigger than before, inside and out, but, it’s also between and 100kg lighter than the model. And it’s more efficient, which, in turn, it to be more ecologically efficient – by 20 per cent, Mercedes claims.

So being the replacement for a car that was way better than decent, the new represents a giant leap – according to Mercedes.

All of the various engines and gearboxes power and propel the new C-class been comprehensively uprated or, in cases, replaced. In the fullness of there will be anything a 1.6-litre diesel to a hybrid to a V6 petrol engine available the car’s svelte new bonnet, but the we’re concentrating on here is the Bluetec turbodiesel, likely to be one of the popular choices in the UK when the new becomes available in June.

there will be just trim levels: SE, Sport and AMG You will, however, be able to your new C-class in whichever way you inside and out, by playing DJ these trim variations. if you want your new C-class to and feel sporty inside but conservative outside, you can opt for the AMG Line with the more subtle SE or vice versa.

Prices at around £26k for a basic SE, with the C250 Bluetec at just over £30k and a stacked C250 Bluetec AMG like our test car topping And as ever with Mercedes, the list is long. As well as the AMG Line trim inside and our test car had air suspension (£895) and of Mercedes’ new driver assist While £35k-plus may sound an awful lot of money for a four-cylinder C-class, what you get in return is an lot of car.

The engine is Mercedes’ familiar four-cylinder turbodiesel, which 201bhp at 3000-4200rpm and 368lb ft at giving the C250 Bluetec a time of 8.1sec and a top speed of The gearbox is a seven-speed automatic paddle shifters. The equivalent BMW – the 325d M Sport – is a touch but not as economical and not as well specified if the option lists are similarly

The new C-class may look unusually especially with the AMG Line upgrades in place, but its watchwords in fact, mostly to do with and economy. The knowledge that the car can a theoretical 65.7mpg on the combined and produces just 113g/km is, to Mercedes’ engineers, of rather significance than an ability to hit in a mere 8.0sec.

Having that, the chassis, steering, and suspension have all been redesigned, to a point where now claims that the new C-class is the car in its class to drive. They, the are exceedingly proud that new car weighs as little as it does, as a result of it containing approximately times more aluminium the previous model. But reducing was, says Mercedes, a key in providing the new C-class with

Get the weight and the aerodynamics right, and in terms the car will naturally more efficient as its lifecycle when its engines and gearboxes are upgraded and its software improved time. Reducing weight costs money, though, the materials required – aluminium, – aren’t cheap. But to get the aero just so merely requires power, plus a few hundred in a wind tunnel. And Mercedes is that it has hit the bullseye in both

Do we agree? In most ways, The new C-class is indeed a lovely to drive. Its rack and pinion system may be electrically power – again to improve fuel by that little bit extra – but the and accuracy that it provides on the are close to breathtaking at times. You can the nose of the new C-class to the nearest in most corners, and although the is quite strong, there is feel on offer beneath fingertips.

The chassis, at least in the of the car we drove, feels every bit as to go with it. There is a delicious to the way that the new C-class tackles roads. It feels almost as if the car takes one good look at lies ahead, works out what’s required and then up the perfect mix of settings to enable you to sit and enjoy the ride.

Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI W203

There is, however, a proper of involvement at the same time. not quite as overtly driver-orientated as a perhaps, but in its way the new C-class feels bit as crisp as the BMW on the move, with a soothing ride on most to boot. And, as in the BMW only so, you can tailor the car’s responses endlessly by playing with the new button, down where the selector might normally be. gear lever is actually up to the of the steering wheel, and comes in the of a wand on which you simply Drive, Reverse or Park.)

drive modes are available, Eco at the bottom and Individual at the top. In you can set the engine and gearbox, steering, and dampers to whatever levels you independent of one another, so if you want the on the softest setting with the and gearbox set to super-sporty, no problem. And this, there are four settings in which all of the car’s systems can be tuned simultaneously to in whatever way you might require.

complex – and it is complex – but it does you to dial the new C-class into a and make it react accordingly road, soft suspension; smooth B-road, sharper and crisper dampers and so on) in a way that 10 ago no C-class driver would dreamed possible. What’s successful, however, is the new touchpad that sits just the regular round Comand which you use to adjust the car’s systems.

For some reason, Mercedes has drivers with the option of a screen plus the rotary that rotates to enable you to through the various menus phone and so on). No one at the car’s could explain why we now need two methods to access the same

In most other departments, the new C-class delivers, and it delivers well. It’s a fair bit than before and a lot more inside, and it steers, rides, and handles beautifully. It also gear rather tidily equipped with the new seven-speed gearbox, although the lesser petrol version will as standard with a new ZF-designed manual, which we haven’t yet

But there is one caveat, and in the context of a initial experience of what is to be one of the most popular models, a big one: the engine.

For starters, noisy and clattery for a Mercedes. from the outside. Secondly, its are peculiarly blunt unless you the sportiest setting within the new system. Thirdly, it doesn’t anything like as much performance as you’d expect, that it has 368lb ft to propel

The car doesn’t feel in any way slow, but does it ever feel like the equivalent 3-series in the mid-range, and that’s a fairly discovery, given that is, for the time being, the sportiest new that money can buy.

it’s simply the result of the of car being so deeply excellent, but the impression of this particular new is that it is a brilliant car powered by a engine. With a couple cylinders beneath the bonnet, I’m sure the genius within be revealed.

Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI W203
Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI W203
Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI W203

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