MercedesBenz CClass 2014 Review motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2014

Mercedes’ crucial new C-Class certain to raise the medium bar even higher

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International Launch


Barring a mild in 2011, it’s now been years since we last saw an C-Class. Now, the longer, and lighter W205-series arrives more passenger and cargo better aerodynamics and even driver assistance and safety With new steel and air suspension and a choice of petrol, diesel and engines, Merc’s best-selling is now on sale in Europe. Australian will be announced closer to the local launch in July year but is not expected to change from the current model, opens at just under (plus on-road costs).

The C-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s bread and It outsells every other vehicle the three-pointed star produces and in its previous iteration more than one million globally in its first three of production — and over 2.4 examples in aggregate (2007-14).

In the C-Class’ sales figures are impressive, and against its direct the model is a stand-out performer. year the C-Class sold examples locally against for the BMW 3 Series, 2843 Lexus IS and 2488 Audi A4s.

an all-new model looks set to that trend, arriving greener, stronger and longer any C-Class before it.

Bearing the designation W205, the new C-Class initially in four-door sedan but will be joined by a five-door variant in September and as a sleek coupe from March year.

There’s no word yet on a convertible though both this and the hatchback variant are expected in the model cycle (the in response to the likes of Audi A5 and BMW 3 Series GT).

Mercedes the new C-Class is smarter and safer before. and that it also even better dynamics and Special attention has been on increasing occupant and cargo as well, Mercedes growing the 80mm (to 2840mm), body 95mm (to 4686mm) and overall 40mm (to 1810mm).

Boot grows by five litres (to although the aperture itself reduced slightly from of its predecessor’s.

Styled to resemble flagship S-Class limousine, the new is almost 100kg lighter the outgoing model, and utilises as as 50 per cent aluminium (up from than 10 per cent) in the construction of its

It also features many of the innovations debuted in its bigger most of which arrive as fare.

Like the previous the new C-Class will be offered two distinctly different front sporty, with a large badge, or classic, with a star atop the bonnet.

The grille also forms a piece of the C-Class’ much-improved performance, with fins can be completely closed when the car fit, sliming the aero to just 0.24Cd (down by as as 0.09Cd, depending on variant), and up to 0.1L/100km of fuel.

Energy-saving LED is available optionally in the headlights as standard), as is a dynamic cornering The tail-lights are LED in all variants and carry signature wrap-around formation, a also seen on, you guessed it, the

Inside, the youthful new C-Class feels cosseting yet commodious. hip and legroom are all improved, though the is reduced somewhat when the sunroof is fitted. The materials appear of an even higher than before, and although elements of the decor’s design are the C-Class is not without its own personality.

The of the dashboard and door cards visually uninterrupted around the and front seat passenger, who are by a one-piece, gearshift-free (on automatic console. It is dominated by an ergonomically central controller with recognition, which commands a infotainment screen measuring or 8.4 inches, depending on the variant.

A display is also available, and not only speed but speed navigation and other selected messages.

But perhaps most are the changes we can’t see. We earlier an improved, lightweight yet rigid modular monocoque (known as MRA, or Mercedes Architecture, in Mercedes-Benz parlance) and aerodynamics, but mechanically, too, the new is much improved.

Revised turbo-diesel and turbo-petrol engines are with standard idle technology across the range. All are Euro 6 emissions compliant says Mercedes, cut fuel by up to 20 per cent when compared the preceding range.

Available the smallest supercharged four-cylinder now displaces just 1.6-litres depending on configuration, outputs and 280Nm or 100kW and 320Nm. It is by the carry-over 2.1-litre four-cylinder which is available from with outputs ranging 125kW and 400Nm or 150kW and

Mercedes’ third-generation BlueDIRECT turbocharged petrol engines are offered from launch a total of five variants outputs between 135kW and to 155kW and 350Nm. A gutsy six-cylinder petrol engine 245kW and 480Nm is also

Finally, and as in the E- and S-Class, a diesel-electric option will also be [in Australia by the end of 2014], the C 300 BlueTEC combining a 150kW and 500Nm oiler with a 20kW and electric motor to achieve a consumption figure of just and CO2 emissions of 94g/km (on the NEDC

A plug-in hybrid version, as much as 50km all-electric is also said to be in the works, it’s not due for sale until at 2015. A nine-speed automatic is tipped to join the range at its facelift, while the hotly-anticipated C 63 AMG its fire-breathing 360kW/700Nm 4.4-litre V8) will come either this year, or early

Of the current models, all are offered a choice of six-speed manual for Australia) or seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmissions and with the of 4MATIC permanent all-wheel (also not for Australia). Otherwise, the remains rear-wheel driven.

new C-Class rides on totally new independent suspension at the front is fully decoupled from the strut to achieve what says is a class-leading ride/handling At the rear, a five-link system albeit ‘optimised’ for the new underpinnings.

The suspension is offered with CONTROL adaptive damping three settings, though a self-levelling all-air system AIRMATIC is available optionally, and is through five modes.

has also done away the clunky foot-operated park in favour of an electric unit for all Direct Steer speed-sensitive steering is also standard depending on variant, adjustable for through two settings, Comfort and

Not surprisingly it’s on the road these improvements combine great effect. The new C-Class is calm and especially quiet, and in its most regular form an impressive compromise between and confidence.

Tested on AIRMATIC at launch were C 250 (turbo-petrol), C 220 (turbo-diesel) and cracking C 400 4MATIC petrol) variants which, possessing individual character are on the whole refined and impressively new entries in the medium prestige

Mercedes’ speed-sensitive electro-mechanical is perfectly linear in its weighting and though in Comfort mode a little too light for the application. Sport mode felt right, we wonder if in the case of the C 400 this could be a little again. Fortunately, the rack is at higher road speeds, the C-Class through bends precision while remaining and easy at parking speeds.

The thing about having a of settings to choose from is the steering, suspension and engine can be tuned to suit your style and the road being For the none-too-challenging test route, the settings were found to be appropriate, allowing greater modulation for around-town traffic and cruising, and a supple suspension for pockmarked country lanes.

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The air soak up all but the harshest of bumps well and rebound quickly to rubber to road. Even if momentarily by bumps ahead of a the AIRMATIC system responds near-instant effect. Combine with the traction offered by the all-wheel drive system in the C 400 variant and the drive from is simply astonishing — almost a shame Australian C 400 will be rear-wheel drive

Noise, vibration and harshness is appreciably improved from the C-Class with only a of wind noise experienced at speeds, and then only at we’ll never (legally) back home.

There’s no road noise to speak of, on optional 19-inch rubber, and all noise is suitably restrained. The C 200 did present a little diesel at the lights, but with the idle system killing the engine at this too is hardly a concern.

In you’re the kind that your aural feedback be pleased to know you do get to hear a bit of ‘whoosh’ from the exhaust of the C 400 heavy throttle inputs, this too is quite suppressed.

I’m not that’s the way most fans like it, but if you’re the type to your performance without unwanted attention you’ll this car.

The 7G TRONIC always chose the appropriate cog for the job and we once found ourselves to override the transmission’s decision, if the steering wheel-mounted paddles do a little more control bends. Also adaptable to the transmission is unobtrusive of operation and to use via the column-mounted lever.

Not quite as to operate is the new human-machine interface. multi-faceted controller is easy to get used to, especially if you’re an user, but it does present so screens, prompts and settings it can be a little distracting.

We’re sure that a little familiarity this be an issue, but found it better to most attributes before we set rather than attempting to the myriad of settings on the go.

If the new C-Class is bread and butter then new model is best thought of as toast. It’s richer, lots of cinnamon and icing to make it feel more

In fact, it’s more an S-Class than any previous and is sure to give its rivals to aspire to. Mercedes has lifted the luxury sedan bar considerably the new C-Class, and we’re certain buyers will feel the come July.

2014 C 220 CDI BlueTEC price and specs:


Engine: 2.1-litre four-cylinder

Output: 125kW/400Nm

Transmission: automatic

Fuel: 4.0L/100km Combined)

CO2: 103g/km Combined)

Safety Rating: TBA five stars)

Transmission: automatic

Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

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