Drive MercedesBenz C280 Review

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Mercedes-Benz C 280 W204

Cameron McGavin

Make Model C-CLASS Price (auto only), plus and on-road costs. Series C 280 7G TRONIC,C 280 ELEGANCE 7G TRONIC Year 2008 Body sedan Brakes Ventilated (f); discs (r), ABS EBD and BA. Dimensions Length 4581 mm. 1770 mm. Height 1444 mm. 2760 mm. Equipment Eight stability/traction control; climate-control power windows; power mirrors; cruise control; computer; parking sensors; CD player; four cupholders; Fuel Consumption 9.6 L/100 km PULP. Fuel Tank Fuel tank 66 litres. Premium $1105 (RACV owned, driver 40-plus, one, medium-risk suburb, excess). Kerb Weight kg. Power 170 kW at 6000 rpm. Rack and pinion, 2.5 turns to lock. Suspension Independent by struts, coil springs and bar (f); independent by multi-links, springs and stabiliser bar (r). 300 Nm at 2500-5000 rpm. Transmission/Driven Seven-speed automatic transmission, Turning Circle 10.8 m. 3 years/unlimited km. Wheels/Tyres Alloy, 17 x Tyres Michelin Pilot 225/45 (f) and 245/40 (r). spare.

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Thumb way through the press kit for Mercedes-Benz’s new and you could be forgiven for assuming is the new buzz word in Stuttgart.

comfort and agility, the sweeping PR to sum up the new W204-series model, is just the The suspension package is called Control, and so is the new steering. The manual Yup, you guessed it, it benefits Agility Control, too.

So fair to say that Mercedes has a competitor with a certain for sweet driving square in its with this fourth-generation of its smallest sedan. Given the 3-Series is the compact prestige by which all others are judged, you can blame Benz for its approach.

And going by our test car, the (for now) C280 there seems to be some to the PR blather. While the Classic, and Avantgarde trim levels the differences now extend beyond specification.

You can choose between two characters. Where Classic and models retain the traditional with its sit-up-and-beg bonnet the Avantgarde gets a huge planted square in a gaping in the manner of Benz coupes.

Perhaps, but it’s almost for Benz and gives the Avantgarde a aggressive air.

And this is on the road. Our C280 came an optional AMG package that stronger brakes, sportier and a host of visual addenda, and its character is a big contrast to the relaxed air of its predecessor.

Point it at a corner and the is not only able but highly The steering responds much enthusiastically, there’s heaps of and the chassis remains beautifully yet inherently predictable as it nears its limits.

Even more impressive is the C-Class retains its excellent and comfort. By traditional Mercedes our Avantgarde’s ride quality be termed sporty, and although the tells you exactly what’s on below, the messages are muffled.

If comes close to deflating the air, it’s the C280’s V6. It’s a sweet, refined and thrifty engine (we averaged 9.9 km on test) that matches to the Benz’s seven-speed auto models get a five-speed version) but torque isn’t stunning and it the top-end zing of the very engines.

And, despite the growing slightly, there are no practical strides inside. The seat is comfortable but with head and legroom.

Up front, the seats are superbly comfortable and adjustable, while the controls easily to hand and are simple to Swish design and higher-quality add up to a significantly classier ambience the W203. And, in true style, safety is a strong

Pricing tops off the W204 Base C200K models at about the same point as C180K predecessors, while the C220 CDI is more than cheaper.

Only a comparison show whether the C-Class has the measure of the 3-Series on the road. But at glance the gap looks to have closed. And, best of it’s been done impacting on the traditional strengths of the package.

Price and equipment

3.5 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz C 280 W204

An all-new C-Class has bringing the promise of sharper skills. Pricing, too, is competitive this time if only by existing Benz In the case of the $84,974 C280 you get such as leather, satellite power seats, and parking but if you want stuff like a or premium sound you’ll to fork out extra.

Under the bonnet

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The C280’s 170kW 3.0-litre V6 is refined and matches beautifully to the seven-speed auto. However, torque isn’t stunning and it the top-end zing and enthusiasm of six-potters from BMW. economy, too, while satisfactory, isn’t amazing.

How it

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

The new C’s athletic is a big contrast to the relaxed air of its W203 The steering responds much enthusiastically to inputs, there’s of grip and the chassis remains balanced yet inherently predictable as it its considerable limits. It also its reputation for excellent rolling and comfort, though the ride is sporty by traditional Benz

Comfort and practicality

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Those lucky enough to be up get superbly comfortable and highly front seats, while the fall easily to hand and the is significantly classier than the gumby W203. But while the seat is comfortable space no better than average, limited head and leg room for folk.

Mercedes-Benz C 280 W204
Mercedes-Benz C 280 W204

Mercedes-Benz C 280 W204

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