Review 2012 MercedesBenz C300 4Matic | The Truth About Cars

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Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series

Review: 2012 Mercedes-Benz 4Matic

People form impressions at an early age. might explain why, the general population over 35, Audi nor BMW can match the mystique of a Even the bottom-of-the-US-range C300 eyebrows from people give an Audi A7 nary a glance (and who’d spending an extra $8,000 for a as lunacy). But will this to be the case with subsequent or will Mercedes follow in the of Cadillac? A brand is only as as its weakest link. Does the justify the cachet attached to its star?

The previous C-Class, the was a prettier car. But it was also a one. The W204, with its cut, crisper creases, and complicated graphics, has considerably road presence and, of at equal importance, looks expensive. Most important of it’s widely recognizable as a Proof, in case you need it, Mercedes retains latitude to with current convention: a hood ornament. A Cadillac attempted the same would be as hopelessly out-of-touch.

The interior won’t win any beauty contests but the sophistication and sheer quantity of sufficiently suggests you’re not in a car. Materials were with this year’s and generally avoid any charges of cheap (though the HVAC could feel more Leather seating is increasingly on Mercedes-Benz lots, and you won’t it inside this $43,980 But people are prone to assumptions, and the vinyl is hard to distinguish the standard grade, heavily leather. How many people owned a Mercedes without realizing that their was petroleum-based?

In an attempt to minimize the number of by pairing a console-mounted knob a multifunctional display, BMW has iDrive, has MMI, and Mercedes has COMAND. latter is neither as sophisticated nor as to use as the latest iterations of the others, but as all such systems, you’ll sort it out. Or not. of a bother: Mercedes doggedly to position the cruise control where other manufacturers the turn signal (the is mounted just  little Even towards the end of my week in the car I activated the system multiple per day. Also in need of power seat adjustments react too quickly for frustration-free

A more positive sign you’re in a Mercedes: the doors closed with a solid thunk. Though considerable hours were expended this sound, the car comes by it The C300’s body structure rock-hard solidity. Crash back up this impression. In a 35 mph offset crash test, the deforms by only one to three The side impact structural figures are even more (Note: Lower numbers are in these stats.) Mercedes are unworthy of their reputation in ways, but safety isn’t one of

The driving position in the C300 hardly be better, with a open view forward you’ll find from the BMW 3-Series’s more imposing panel. (My suspicion: Cadillac the C-Class very closely designing the architecture for the new Cadillac Opinions vary about traditional sehr flach, fest Sitze. Some will find them supportive for hours. Others simply find them and hard. Count me among the group, perhaps because I no long trips in the car. the seatback curves more the bottom cushion, and so provides lateral support. Typical of the the rear seat will adults in a pinch. A little toe room under the front would go a long way. For distance room and comfort want to step up to the E-Class or the S-Class.

The C300 4Matic’s aren’t promising. While the V6s in midsize sedans start at 3.5 that in the Mercedes is a mere The mill’s 228 horsepower (at 6,000 and 221 pound feet of torque 2,750 to 5,000) must with 3,737 pounds of weight. And yet, through magic that made the S300 viable, acceleration more than adequate right off the line, and spirited a heavy foot north of rpm. The seven-speed automatic the quickest or slickest, but the right is always in there somewhere. Two are provided, E and S. I could detect no between them. Though has changed over the decades, the note retains traces of traditional mechanical thrum—it sound like any old six.

All-wheel drive is exclusively on the C300 and no rear-drive option The rear-wheel-drive C-Class is offered either a 201-horsepower, 229-pound-feet 1.8-liter four-cylinder or a 302-horsepower V6. Though the latter is no doubt a performer, few dealers stock it. If the 3.5 isn’t strong enough for there’s also the AMG C63 with a V8.

The argument against the six: economy. A larger, heavier, and powerful BMW 528i xDrive EPA ratings of 22 city, 32 highway. The 3-Series xDrive should do better. An Audi A4 quattro: And the 333-horsepower Audi S4: 18/28. The 4Matic: only 18 city, 25 The trip computer backed up subpar numbers, reporting 20 in suburban driving. The C300’s six punch above its specs, but comes at a price.

The C300 is available in both and Luxury trims. I’ve people towards the former the years, as it adds a body kit and athletic suspension tuning at a un-German price: free. that: this year the looking, better handling variant actually costs a less. For their own reasons I cannot fathom) Mercedes the latter. Even in Luxury the suspension is firm enough to composed in enthusiastic driving—and to on some roads, despite that allegedly adapt to conditions. Power is shunted to the wheels only when the slip, and even then the split is 45/55, so the feel that of a rear-wheel-drive car—complete tail-out oversteer on slick (Don’t worry, the apparently stability control will

Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series

The biggest problem, in either light steering that numb even compared to I’ve described as numb. As in the E-Class, the steering wheel virtually nothing about the the front wheels are pointed or the to which they’re slipping. As a there’s little joy—and less confidence—in exercising the chassis.

Don’t care to the chassis? Simply want to consume mile after of concrete slab stretching as far as the eye can see, and beyond? Then the is in its element and performs admirably. The isn’t silent as a tomb but low quality noises are filtered Should you become drowsy, a system will detect and do its best to wake you up.

The tested car listed for $43,980, $1,515 for sparkly white (another sign that was trying to handicap the car). A metallic shade will set you only $720. Don’t the embrace of a telematics system? you can shave another $660, the sticker down to $42,525. For features like nav, and passive entry you’ll to tick more boxes. steep? Well, a similarly-equipped Audi A4 is only about less, a much smaller than in past decades. Mercedes still has a sizable in cachet among the masses, no longer trying to charge for it.

And costs down the road? some Mercedes remain unreliable (e.g. the SUVs), the isn’t among them. The C-Class consistently has been average, based on responses to Car Reliability Survey .

Mercedes-Benz’s isn’t entirely in its favor. As Cadillac in the past, many who could afford a Mercedes—and who do buy competitors—simply cannot picture in one. If these people got their preconceptions and took the for a drive they’d find…a car a very solid structure, but else to separate it from the The seats might prove on long drives, but around they just feel The 3.0-liter V6 feels like a engine, but will also some much more engines under the table. The is sure-footed, but the steering is disconcertingly The electronics are sophisticated, but the same can be of German competitors. We’re to that solid structure and Seeking a rolling bank with tidy dimensions? the C300 is your car. But is enough, when even feels the need to talk

Mercedes-Benz provided the car with and a tank of gas.

Michael operates an online of car reliability and real-world fuel information.

Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series

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