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Mercedes-Benz C 350 W204

First Drive: 2015 C-Class

Up until recently, the “luxury” and “small” just seemed to jive together for Perhaps that stems a culture obsessed with everything, or perhaps the idea of premium coin on something so (short of a diamond) just clicked. Even so, that has started to shift with and the automakers haven’t hesitated to the small car wave.

This dubbed the W205, is larger it has ever been before, but also lighter, thanks to a steel-and-aluminum chassis.

A once Audi A3 has become one of the most cars of the year, BMW has redesigned its 1 – I mean – 2 Series coupe and a front-wheel-drive ‘economical’ wagon. And finally brought its smallest car in the form of the CLA-Class sedan. particular Benz has sold so and with such high that some dealers started a waitlist for customer

With the debut of these new premium cars, those now have the opportunity – or curse – to what their previous cars will become.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the first to into the ring.

Economy comfort to business

As a frequent traveler, I’ve myself with a handful of sky to my name, as well as the opportunity to sit in comfort’ on nearly every That means a couple of extra legroom, but little

For this particular vehicle Mercedes asked that I hop on a from Atlanta to Paris, and to Marseille, where we’d a few days experiencing the new C-Class in the of France. The flights were and I’d get the rare chance to sit in business both ways.

It seems then, that the new C-Class a few extra inches in length, of which are found in rear-seat This car, dubbed the is larger than it has ever before, but it’s also thanks to a hybrid steel-and-aluminum And, it’s still in Luxury and Sport trims, on which nose you’d

On approach, the C-Class looks a near twin to the all-new from which it derives it and taillights, beltline, and generally looks. In lieu of the W204’s and boxy design, you’ll soft lines, smooth and a design profile that looks more feminine, in a way, rather than a one.

Inside, Mercedes has dropped its “buttons, buttons everywhere” to dash design, and replaced it large, wide expanses of wood and metal trim, as as leather on seats, dash and panels. It is without question the handsome interior on any car in its class and it rivals many machines cost far more money. put, the interior looks like it belongs in a Bentley it does in anything else, and should have more brands trembling in their (I’m talking to you,

Simply put, the interior more like it belongs in a than it does in anything

Mercedes includes a few very features and technologies in the car as well. The receives the same semi-autonomous system that debuted in the meaning it can follow cars on the even in curves, without intervention. You need only the steering wheel that still present every few but the car’s computers handle of the heavy lifting. The collision system is now standard on every which should help low-speed collisions with cars and jaywalking pedestrians.

there’s the Burmester audio which looks just as in the door panels as it sounds the volume cranked. The only here would be with the new system, which is handsome, but not intuitive.

Perhaps that comes the loss of all of the extra buttons, but COMAND has never been a challenge to use, even the inclusion of a new, very track pad control. The good there is that Mercedes with Apple as one of the first to make use of CarPlay, so there’s a that you may be able to use iOS instead.

your fingers.

300 or 400

Under the Mercedes offers a variety of choices at a global level, but only receive two of those at launch: the C300 and the C400.

The is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged producing 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of

The C400 produces 329-hp and 354 with its 3.0-liter turbo With time, we’ll receive a diesel and AMG model and there’s a chance that get a hybrid and plug-in hybrid,

None of those cars has announced for the US at this point, The air suspension, a first for the segment, can be adjusted into Eco, Sport, and Sport+ modes on all

Marseille, Cassis, Aix-en-Provence

The planned by Mercedes offered us a mix of stretches, winding cliffside and inner-city traffic.

The inner-city proved about as frustrating as expect, but the car’s Start/Stop kept the engine from gas unnecessarily, and that gave me to really appreciate the Burmester system, too. It’s

On the highway, the C-Class shines its

While I was a little too nervous to put the systems to the test during hour, the pedestrian detection in more than once, to the occasional Frenchman stepping out the street before he was given the It became a lesson in patience and observation for me, but the C-Class performed

Mercedes-Benz C 350 W204

We visited Cassis for lunch, we drove the historic Routes des a single-lane road that around the cliffs of the Mediterranean. At point, I switched the car’s mode all the way up to Sport+, where I power delivery more willing, but the suspension never inspired confidence.

It’s not that the new C-Class handle well; it’s However, it’s a 9 on the 1-to-Tourer which translates to a general of suspension rigidity, even at its With that in mind, I my speed and chose to enjoy the as I drove leisurely, rather with gusto. If we’re we can try those same roads when the C63 AMG model arrives.

On the the C-Class shines its brightest. It was that I was able to really the engine up at high speeds, the suspension to ‘comfort,’ and settle in for the haul. The seats offer support and comfort, and I’d be hard-pressed not to this as a commuter or road car. Plus, the experience of being wrapped in leather, in wood, and booking it down the in a Mercedes really does as fancy as it sounds.

A car apart

the CLA filling the shoes of the affordable option, the C-Class has grown its own with more technology, and creature comforts than before. With those it has set itself apart from the it’s nowhere near the kind of car that you’ll in a much sportier BMW 3 Series, and the makes the Audi A4 feel old.

Instead, the 2015 C-Class full ownership of its luxury and it makes no excuses for the midsize sedan that it has become.

If shopping for something silly and you’ll want to look This car is not that. However, if goal is to buy something with the of a flagship sedan, but with a smaller budget, the 2015 C-Class is likely the car for you.

Looks expensive from angle

Unmatched luxury for the

Comfortable, serene ride



Only … for now

Confusing infotainment system

Mercedes-Benz C 350 W204
Mercedes-Benz C 350 W204


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