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.

imagine that regular use would nudge that towards Merc’s claimed

The other C-class strengths are present, naturally. Even on the new its ride errs on the side of more than the 3-series’, but plenty of ability in the chassis if its entertainment value is a touch of that of its age-old rival).

And the cabin is still a fabulous to spend time; fit and finish are the soft-touch materials feel and the seats are superbly comfortable for journeys. Even the basic now includes Bluetooth phone as standard.

Should I buy one?

You could do far worse. Bear in too, that BlueEfficiency are cheaper by £50 (saloon) and £35 (estate) the outgoing C180s; that the bread-and-butter C-classes prices and figures to fight with 318i and 320i, without able to score a distinct


The decision between the two class can scarcely have been personal, really. And it’s to get worse; the ultra-rapid C250 CDI an oil-burner that can return 50mpg yet crack 0-60mph in seven seconds, is now destined for the UK,

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