Car review MercedesBenz CClass 250 CDI Coupe driven road test…

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Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

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Explaining the all-new C-Class place in Mercedes history a bit of work. Merc doesn’t ardently doesn’t — you to think of it as the new CLC. That launched in 2008, was a parts-bin of the decade-old C-Class Sports a poor man’s rival to the The new C-Class Coupe is bigger, expensive, and a genuine two-door rather than a three-door

So it’s not the new CLC. The new CLK? but not quite. The CLK was more or less by last year’s larger, E-Class Coupe. If you’ve got letters swimming before eyes right now, not alone.

However, step from Merc’s tortuous history, and the C-Class Coupe is simple. It’s the two-door of the C-Class. It’s a straight-down-the-line to BMW’s 3-Series coupe and the A5.

Maybe this is sensible from Mercedes-Benz: BMW shifted 6,000 3-Series Coupes year; the A5 has been a fat sales for Audi. However, by squaring up to the two instead of shuffling in the gaps, the has nowhere to hide. Do it right, or a beating.

No surprise, then, that has made a thorough job of this The coupe may share a platform and with the C-Class saloon, but one body panel is carried the bonnet. The rest of the metal is the coupe’s roofline is four lower than that of the the windscreen raked back steeply.

Like the 3-Series and A5, the Coupe is a strict four-seater. no occasional middle rear here, just a plastic between the two rear chairs. The backrests can split and fold for extra bootspace, which explain why Merc has eschewed the raised centre stack the back seat passengers. difficult to explain why there’s no armrest there.

There’s just enough for one six-footer to sit behind another, the back-seat passenger’s head graze the roof lining if sat up It’s plenty comfy for journeys and, as with all Mercs, the build quality pyramid-spec.

So far, so not-very But move from the rear to the of the C-Class Coupe, and the Mercedes to differentiate itself from its enemies.

The set menu comprises petrols — two 1.8-litre fours producing 154bhp and and the 302bhp six-cylinder C350 and two diesels. We drove the C250 the more powerful of the pair. a four-cylinder turbo that 201bhp and an umami-flavoured 368lb ft of while returning 58mpg and only 128g/km of CO2. a stunning set of statistics: good to eclipse its BMW rival, the six-cylinder which is not only thirstier and clean than the Merc, but less power and torque. BMW in a power/efficiency trade-off is like Bernie Ecclestone.

It’s a serene engine. the BMW six encourages you to wring it out, the four gently mooches the bottom end of the rev range, the optional auto shifting up early left to its own devices.

Don’t it’s slow, mind. Far it. The C250 will crack in seven seconds, its mid-range spiriting you past dawdling with nothing more a feathery whoosh. But the drivetrain doesn’t encourage you to get stuck in; no, it with requests for quick with a mixture of hesitation and contempt. In most everyday you’ll leave the gearbox and to do their own slow dance, the power in great wafting lumps.

Such is the C-Coupe feel. Against the 3-Series and A5, ploughs a more tranquil not floppy, not squidgy, but tranquil. The trades in a few degrees of pointiness for ease, and even on 18-inch — all C-Coupes coming to the UK get the big rims and the AMG styling kit — the is relaxed, soaking up the road Unless you’re cresting the ton a recently ploughed potato wind- and road-noise are essentially

Despite an ‘amplitude dependent’ system, which automatically the compliancy of the shock absorbers for a ride when it senses the red descending, the C-Coupe isn’t into a spiky weapon on Dynamically, everything is present and — body roll is and the chassis is strong — simply that, as in most of the Merc crop, the relationship driver and road is tempered a This isn’t dynamic but a more chilled philosophy.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

might say that, by not making the more overtly sporty, has missed a trick: buyers a softer experience will opt for the priced saloon instead. drivers, for the most part, a bit of practicality for a sharper set-up. But the world already has enough coupes that foist a set-up upon drivers who rank ‘full-bore Nürburgring just below ‘hacking off own on a list of enjoyable ways to a weekend? Mercedes believes its to be a somewhat more sanguine

If you want your C-Class with proper sporting you’ll have to hang on the AMG version arrives. With the that wait is about as as it takes you to click a link. this highlighted bit to see how the two-door C up with a V8 crammed under the


We like . Efficient engines, cruisability

We don’t like . dynamics may frustrate

The  verdict . A more relaxed on the German two-door formula, and all the for it.

Performance . 0-62mph in 7.0secs, max 57.6mpg

Tech . 2143cc, RWD, 201bhp, 368lb ft, 128g/km CO2

Tick this on the list . Rear side £340

And avoid this . matte black paint,

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

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