Car Reviews MercedesBenz CLCClass CLC 180 Kompressor SE The AA

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Elegant-looking hatchback Cabin now up to the same as the larger C-Class Good of engines to choose from car delivers a much improved experience


Cynics remain unconvinced — in eyes the entry-level car remains the Foot operated parking and manual transmission can prove a combination Despite the existence of seats, adults won’t at home in the back New tailgate looks unresolved when the car is in a light colour

In recent the C-Class Sports Coupe has the entry-level vehicle in the Mercedes Cynically some would say a small, three-door hatchback worthy of the three-pointed star. more pragmatic observers noted that, for buyers modest means wishing to get on the rung of the Mercedes ladder, the car was a judged and attractive proposition. the German firm’s line-up now thrusting and dynamically styled, the Coupe is now the CLC.

To be fair, the CLC is a good car. Forget the for a moment, for they don’t the real world. With the — the traditional entry-level — now a more dynamic car in and character, it was only a matter of before the first generation Sport Coupe was brought line.

It’s no surprise that, the front, the CLC shares the new family with the C-Class. Stylistically close association is important; wants you to trade up not defect to brand so keeping close with aspirational models is key to the success. The rear of the CLC has also but it’s not as pleasing to the eye as its predecessor. The has been remodelled, but the modifications the Sports Coupe have praise and criticism in equal Dark exterior colours are if you want to flatter the CLC’s

Thankfully consistency reigns in the cabin. Although more than revolution, fans of the Coupe and previous generation will feel right at The car’s fascia has not been from the new C-Class and, is all the better for it as the new car boasts too much and not enough brightwork — the of the CLC experience. Space up front is than acceptable while who manage to get into the back won’t want to stay for long. Critics might the CLC a three-door hatch, but the cabin and sloping roof really are to that of an upmarket coupe.

One thing the old Sports Coupe famous for was its performance; think of it as a boulevard cruiser. Mercedes that the CLC is sharper and more and a claim that proves on the open road. Improved all-round, and especially from the make the CLC a surprisingly enjoyable car to The combination of the foot operated brake manual gearbox ideal, but history shows many buyers opt for an optional unit anyway. With six — diesel and petrol available, affordability and performance is accessible.

Our verdict on the Mercedes-Benz CLC 180 Kompressor SE

Successfully moving the on from the Sports Coupe, the CLC a pleasant, enjoyable and suitably experience. Although not adverse to some fun, it’s likely that CLC buyers be more interested in the car’s perceived elevated status and On all counts the car should succeed in a smile on your face. you class yourself as single, a coupe or empty nesters, coupe is an affordable premium car investigating.


As far as the Mercedes line-up the CLC is a surprisingly affordable model. this is only true of equipped cars powered by the engines, but it’s still an way to getting the three-pointed star your house. Tax and VED expenditure be directly linked to engine although it’s good to that the smaller units are acceptable. Servicing costs err on the premium side, though. You after all, be dealing the same outlet that cars costing close to

Space and practicality

The CLC is not a rounded car, nor is it cut-price executive Therefore, don’t expect it to be the versatile example in the Mercedes What it can do is accommodate two adults up and, at a push, two in the rear. oddment space is good, a spacious centre armrest and good size door The optional CD disc changer dominate the glovebox, but there’s no with the CLC’s boot, is surprisingly capacious.

Controls and display



Car safety

Mercedes has a reputation to in this area, and it should as no surprise to learn that all the aspects are covered. Airbags and stability aids are present, in the case of the latter is doubly as the CLC is rear-wheel drive. Although not a issue, not everyone trading up a mainstream front-wheel drive will have experienced making the inclusion of ESP a welcome one in the wet.

Driver appeal

The old Sports Coupe was never, its name, promoted as a sports and that was certainly evident in its The CLC is still not going to have drivers raving, but it’s a improved car. Influenced by the saloon, the CLC steers and rides the with more conviction, and can be along twisty roads confidence. The manual gearshift is and precise, while the auto is what most Mercedes will be more comfortable All the engines are willing and capable, the 180 Kompressor and 220 CDI worthy of a special

Family car appeal

First car appeal

Quality and

There’s no question the famous pointed star badge is a draw for buyers. Critics dismissed the CLC’s predecessor as not a proper Mercedes — too too cheap-looking and lacking in quality. aside, the CLC has addressed these And for buyers seeking to downsize, the CLC is Thanks to the various revisions, easily able to stand up to


Being a three-door access to the all-important front is easy. You sit a little lower you would in a conventional hatch or saloon, though. Those big can be a curse if you park too close to car, or someone else it to you — you might struggle to the door sufficiently to get in or out without a At the back, the CLC’s hatch opens wide with effort to reveal a boot with a modest load

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

The basic provision will be familiar to fans. Located centrally the fascia, it’s easy to and the display is easy to read except in strong, direct Fortunately a basic display is between the car’s main while the steering wheel are a welcome addition. Moving up, a cradle, sat nav and disc changer can be as options.

While no sports car, on the the CLC is an enjoyable car to drive

Colours and

With the CLC purporting to be a premium coupe, it’s to be expected it looks its best in dark, colours. For all the marketing references younger buyers, light and colours aren’t as flattering. it is typical Mercedes, though. fabrics, plastics and headlining which can make the cabin a little small. At least the can be had with a generous helping of trim to brighten up the interior.


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