Mercedes C180K BlueEfficiency Review | Autocar

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Mercedes C180K BlueEfficiency

is it?

Mercedes will never this, of course, but the C180K is its attempt to play catch-up.

Efficient Dynamics caught a little on the hop, you see, and taken a few years to come up an alternative to the ‘green package’ been rolled out across so of its key rivals.

Still, it’s now, and it has promise. At 1597cc, the C180 loses 199cc of its but retains its supercharger. It keeps the power figure (154bhp), and has ft of torque on tap between 3000rpm and

This C-class is lighter, and has also fitted low-resistance an energy management system turns the power steering on and off as and smaller side mirrors.

sound like much, it? Particularly when even and the humble Toyota Auris stop-start. But as a result of the tweaks, the CO2 emissions fall by almost a to 149g/km, dropping the car into bands for tax and road fund

Mercedes claims an 11 per cent in fuel economy, too, to a 44.8mpg.

What’s it like?

From the wheel, there’s precious to suggest that this is a eco-mobile.

Sure, there are for gearshifts and economy, but there are no logos splashed around the and without the novelty of stop-start the experience is remarkably, well,

But not rapid. The 1.6-litre supercharged just about copes the C-class’s bulk, but it’s going to feel genuinely

Power delivery is linear and the engine spins freely to 5000rpm (the gearshift will have gone on you long before then, Away from motorways, the is happiest to use its mid-range torque in and fourth gears.

It needs decent amounts of at all times, but effective soundproofing the thrum acceptably distant. impressively little road from the low-resistance tyres,

As for the fuel economy figures, we the C180 over a mixed that took in country heavy motorway traffic, fast-lane running and an urban and it returned just shy of 39mpg.

We’d imagine that daily use would nudge figure towards Merc’s average.

The other C-class are still present, naturally. on the new rubber, its ride errs on the of comfort more than the but there’s plenty of ability in the (even if its entertainment value is a short of that of its age-old

And the Merc’s cabin is still a place to spend time; fit and are excellent, the soft-touch materials luxurious and the seats are superbly for long journeys. Even the stereo now includes Bluetooth connectivity as standard.

Should I buy one?

You could do far Bear in mind, too, BlueEfficiency models are cheaper by £50 and £35 (estate) than the outgoing that gives the bread-and-butter prices and power figures to with BMW’s 318i and without being able to a distinct victory.

The decision the two class leaders can scarcely been more personal, And it’s going to get worse; the C250 CDI BlueEfficiency, an oil-burner can return over 50mpg yet 0-60mph in around seven is now destined for the UK, too.

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