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Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

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2013 MERCEDES-BENZ COUPE REVIEW

Vehicle Luxury coupe

Price: (plus on-roads) | $85,870

Fuel Economy claimed: 6.9 | tested: 8.6 l/100km

Not everyone is cut out to be an While some of us can tackle a most of us break into a at the mere sight of a staircase.

But inconvenient truth doesn’t put a in the sales of tracksuits, sports or bicycles. It’s all about an image. And it’s the same cars.

The practice of appending the “Sport” to a car’s nameplate and on a bodykit is certainly not new.

at face-value, many might be to dismiss Mercedes-Benz’s C 250 Sport as just a faux C 63 AMG — just dressed up in athletic

But that’s not the case. A raft of changes by AMG have resulted in a car handles exceptionally well, sublime and is ‘quick enough’ if not ‘quick’.

It’s not a true — it’s no hard-edged — but it’s far from a couch potato.

Quality: one of Mercedes’ newer models, the of the C-Class coupe is a nice to spend time in.

Quality of fit and finish is superb, and a few of the centre-stack buttons not feeling as premium as they should, is a fine cabin.

It’s by a number of AMG Sport-specific touches. The red pop out against the black interior, as the red contrast-stitching on the steering wheel, door trims and centre

Rubber-studded stainless steel are another feature of the C 250 Sport, and complement the silver metallic on the dash, steering wheel and

Comfort: For the C 250 Sport, Mercedes has a pair of heavily bolstered part-alcantara seats. There’s no adjustment, but they offer comfort and great support.

We did a stint behind the wheel, and from the C 250 without any aches These are most definitely seats.

Even the back is comfortable. There’s a bit of contorting to get into the back, but once there’s a decent amount of even for tall adults.

air outlets are also a plus.

As standard, the C 250 Sport comes all the usual luxuries: cruise dual-zone climate control, computer, speed limiter, wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps, integration, USB input and satellite

Our tester was optioned up with the Package, which adds a Kardon surround sound bi-xenon headlamps and a panoramic glass sunroof that almost the entire roof

Storage: Seats up, there’s a 450 litres of luggage room. It was to swallow up the luggage of three for a weekend away, with a bit of to spare.

The rear seats down to expand luggage too, should you need it.

The C 250 Sport’s 1.8 litre turbocharged four isn’t overwhelmingly

Its 150kW of power and 310Nm of is bettered by most modern hot With a 0-100km/h sprint of 7.2 seconds, straight line is brisk rather than

But this engine has strong low and torque, and is tractable and effortless town. Once moving, hard to believe this is a 1.8 litre.

It’s not as good off the though, and can feel a bit leisurely away from the lights especially when in the default Eco mode.

Eco mode dulls response and makes the seven-speed shift sooner, with the being increased fuel at the cost of sluggish performance.

easily remedied by switching to Manual or Sport mode and in these modes the Sport a more aggressive throttle map the regular C 250. The result is responsiveness and a sharper turn of

In manual mode, the gearbox very well. Upshifts are and quick, and downshifts are nicely It’s not quite as fast the gears as the twin-clutch automatic in the A 250 but, as far as hydraulic automatics, go is a rather good one.

Although the engine may be unchanged the exhaust has been modified by AMG to a throatier note inside the — and it works.

The C 250 Sport has a rumble to its exhaust sound under load, and it even and burbles on upshifts at full

The engine pipes down at a however there is some tyre noise when at speed on coarse asphalt.

The C 250 Sport’s AMG-fettled suspension a good balance between and sportiness. The damping and spring-rates too firm for long highway yet there’s good grip, control and roll suppression you tip it into a corner.

We took the C 250 on a journey from Melbourne Gippsland and up to Eden on the South of New South Wales.

Whether cruising on the highway or the long, flowing corners Orbost and Eden, we were impressed with how well the C 250 handled.


AMG has reworked the steering to make it more direct. decent feedback through the but also quite a bit of steering on rough, choppy corners. It is a bit too light for our liking.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

Braking: The C 250 gets a larger brake than the cooking model C and also benefits from and cross-drilled rotors.

Stopping is very good. The pedal is without being too grabby, although the C 250 Sport is no lightweight at it stops rapidly and is resistant to fade.

ANCAP rating: stars, 35.51 points out of 37.

Safety features: Stability traction control, ABS, EBD and assist round out the C 250 Sport’s safety suite, while are protected by three-point seatbelts on the front seats) and eight (front, front side, side, full-length curtain).

AND SERVICING

Warranty: Three unlimited kilometres.

Service Mercedes-Benz sets servicing for every 25,000km or 12 months. costs can vary from so consult your local dealer.

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI quattro — The Audi is more than the C 250 Sport but its 2.0 litre four-pot has five more and 40Nm more torque.

also all-wheel-drive, and has a super-crisp twin-clutch automatic transmission. expensive, yes, but you do get more for money. (see A5 reviews )

BMW ( $83,915) — BMW’s 3 Coupe is right at the end of its life and compared to the C 250 Sport the value doesn’t quite stack up for the

The 325i has 160kW of power but 250Nm of torque. It’s with a wonderfully balanced RWD but is $5k more expensive than the and newer Merc. (see 3 reviews )

Infiniti G37 GT ($75,900) The Infiniti G37 is based on the same and mechanical package as the Nissan and not lacking in sporting credentials.

235kW and 360Nm, the G37’s 3.7 naturally-aspirated V6 is a strong performer but its isn’t quite up to the same as the Benz. (see G37 reviews )

all prices are Manufacturer’s List and do not include dealer delivery or costs.

TMR VERDICT | OVERALL

It might not be quick in a straight line, but dismiss the C 250 Sport.

Fling it a corner and you’ll be pleasantly by the way it grips. AMG’s involvement in the of this car is no marketing gimmick this is a cut above an ordinary Coupe.

There are faster for similar money, but with the C 250 Coupe you get style, comfort, and driveability. It’s a good and competitively priced.

If you’re a luxurious two-door that’s got than a little bit of athleticism in its the C 250 Sport Coupe is well a look.

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