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.

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has a reputation to maintain in this and it should come as no surprise to that all the essential aspects are Airbags and electronic stability are present, which in the case of the is doubly important as the CLC is rear-wheel Although not a major issue, not trading up from a mainstream drive hatchback will experienced this, making the of ESP a welcome one especially in the wet.


The old C-Class Sports was never, despite its name, as a sports car, and that was evident in its abilities. The CLC is still not to have keen drivers but it’s a much improved Influenced by the C-Class saloon, the CLC and rides the bumps with conviction, and can be hustled along roads with confidence. The gearshift is slick and precise, the auto option is what Mercedes buyers will be comfortable with. All the engines are and capable, with the 180 Kompressor and 220 CDI of a special mention.

Family car

First car appeal

Quality and image

There’s no the famous three pointed badge is a huge draw for Critics often dismissed the predecessor as not being a proper — too small, too cheap-looking and in quality. Size aside, the CLC has these issues. And for buyers to downsize, the CLC is attractive. Thanks to the revisions, it’s easily to stand up to scrutiny.


a three-door coupe, access to the front seats is easy. You sit a lower than you would in a hatch or executive saloon, Those big doors can be a curse if you too close to another car, or else does it to you — you struggle to open the door to get in or out without a squeeze. At the back, the hatch tailgate opens with little effort to a boot space with a load lip.

Stereo and ICE (In car

The basic audio provision be familiar to Mercedes fans. centrally within the fascia, easy to reach and the display is to read — except in direct sunlight. Fortunately a display is available between the main dials, while the wheel controls are a welcome Moving up, a phone cradle, sat nav and changer can be selected 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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