Review 2013 MercedesBenz C250 | The Truth About Cars

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Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

Review: 2013 Mercedes-Benz

By Jack Baruth on September 9,

Here’s a little secret: since the folks at No Longer decided to pervert their sensible nomenclature in order to suit the lowest common of California housewives, the replacement for the has been known within dealerships as the “Cheap-Class”. It’s a common phrase in Service and but from time to time a will let it slip as well, certainly not in front of the customer.

something ungracious about a vehicle that sells for a (and as-tested!) price of the “Cheap” anything, but from the of its manufacturer the sobriquet is legitimate. Set the Machine for 1975, and you can find a 240D selling for $9500. $38,000 in today’s money, and it got you a taxi with roll-up no air conditioning, sixty-four horsepower . and M-B Tex The new car offers more — a lot more — for So, Cheap-Class it is.

My recent trip to for the VW Intramural League test me a chance to kill a couple with a single stone. By my own transportation, I’d be free to avoid the dinners with various Of The Industry. And by paying an eye-watering for three days including tax, I’d be able to review a for the B#038;B. Done and done. To Jerry Orbach in Dirty . let’s see what my money

Don’t look now, but car’s a bit of a media darling. I find a bad review of it anywhere I Had it just been the American giving it props, I’d have that the gilded hand of superstar Mercedes PR person Day had been hard at work. The like it just as much, and they’ve been singularly to the Baby Benz in the past. this is fundamentally a facelift of the model, the accolades for interior styling, and dynamics have thick and fast from as different as Car and Driver and Top Gear .

My impression of it was slightly different, and it was small, and crappy . Somehow, the has avoided the unsightly swelling has afflicted its cousin from The 190E was 175 inches long; is 180. The E30 and F30 are 175 and 182 inches, respectively, but the don’t properly communicate how the Benz feels compared to the This is still a compact I suppose that’s a brave and Mercedes gets away it because it’s not their product the way the Three is for BMW.

impressive about the interior: The M-B Tex seats, long may they The LCD screen in the centrally-mounted speedometer is high-resolution and contains many fonts and images. The steering about as good as what you get in a VW and that’s not damning with praise. The shifter feels

The rest of it’s pretty and perhaps deliberately so, because is, after all, the Cheapest of the I had to keep telling myself, doesn’t cost any more a Ford Fusion with the to which my self responded, would be a bigger car with power and more stuff and a interior.” Fortunately for my mental I was interrupted by the infotainment system’s to pretend my iPod Classic exist. After some I paired my Galaxy S3 and cued up the Cloud Player. Gotta the Player to hear that dontcha know. There was a NeverLost (aka “NeverRight”) GPS mounted on the center console, seemed odd until I remembered thirty-six grand doesn’t get you Oh, Mercedes! You so crazy! First it was air conditioning on your luxury and now it’s optional GPS.

In moments, it was time to hop on the 101 and press the pedal to the carpet. Hmm. began my three-day experience the World’s Most Charmless It’s a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, to a fairly stout 201 horsepower and 229 of torque. Or at least that’s I’ve been led to believe. On the however, it has no characteristics of an internal powerplant whatsoever. When is requested, it hesitates for a moment the 7G-TRONIC negotiates the proper Then it emits an odd sort of and begins shoving the C250 This shove does not as the tach needle climbs. like an electric motor. a gearchange is called for, a brief pause and then the push continues. The electric luxury sedan may be a thing of the but its indifferent, uninspiring power is here today. Next to thing, the Jetta 1.8TSI as well be a Ferrari F355,

My schedule required multiple from San Francisco to Napa the course of three days. that time, I came to a few things about the C250. one: the seats, driving and feedback from the controls are and relaxing. I could dimly the vestigial tail of my 190E’s approach to the open road in its even though it was dulled by the requirement for a few hundred pounds of After driving the Passat and CC, of which was significantly less than this car, I was to find myself back in the black-vinyl-and-aluminum-trim confines.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series

Thing what features the car has do in fact well. The Bluetooth integration is and hands-free chatting is acceptably The climate control dealt heat and cold to my satisfaction and adding a lot of blower noise to the cabin. The cruise control has an intelligent feature: move it a bit in either direction and it adjusts speed by one mile per hour. it farther and it adjusts to the nearest of five. Leaving a 50mph for a 65? Three quick pushes and speeding by the same amount. A M-B fan (which I am not; I’ve had two in my driveway out of the 25+ cars I’ve in my adult life, with a likely to arrive in a few weeks) likely have something to say the company’s ability to intelligently a vehicle for stress-free high-speed and blah blah blah and at point I would grab person by the shoulders and scream WHAT ABOUT THE S430? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT PIECE OF CRAP?”

The C250 grows on you with It really does. If you sit in one at the auto you won’t be impressed. If you test-drive it for minutes, it’s likely to you to buy something else. It takes to respect the car. I’m not talking the old hundred-mile rule here. isn’t a case of becoming to its faults. Rather, you become of its virtues.

Over the course of three hundred miles on the much of it stop-and-go traffic by frequent calls for all 201 psuedo-electric the little Benzo was claiming miles per gallon. This not do. Plus, I had a mind to step the ocean for a minute. I set a course would take me from to Stinson Beach and from to the Golden Gate Bridge I borrowed a passenger for the trip I felt it might be amusing to Along the coast we flew, all available speed from the four-cylinder, stomping the brakes ABS with the approach of each On corner exits I would let the run wide, kicking pebbles the shoulder surface into a freefall down to the midnight of the turbulent waves below. I each and every pass the it seemed likely that it be possible to do so. As the miles rolled on, I myself daring fate and again; once, as the C250 was fourth towards an uphill with only the sea and the horizon ahead, I stamped the carpet loud enough for it to be audible the moaning from the engine and said, “NO BRAKES!” before upon the deus ex anti-blockier for and staccato-squeaking our way around the blind of the rock to the next open at the last possible minute. was not well-received, I must say.

By the time we reached the overlook for the big bridge I’d formed my true of the C250, and it is this: Other offer more features, power, more space, convenience for the same money. You probably buy one of those. This is not a and it’s not going to last a miles. The purchase of a Mercedes-Benz can no be justified on longevity or durability. But you get for the money, in exchange for giving up the nav and the and the usable rear seats, is a car is properly engineered on an excuse-free It is tangibly more satisfying to than a Camry or a Passat or a On a fast road the gap between it and the front-drivers is considerable.

That stupid, charmless four-cylinder rewarded my irresponsible by returning 22 miles per gallon that last drive. In like that, I’ve my Boxster return half Ugh. How I disliked the 1.8 turbo. but the are pretty good. I’d spring for the V-6 in the C350, and certainly Mercedes be unhappy were I to do so. Still, the 1.8 is Nobody’s ever going to forward to hearing it rev, but the was true for the diesel in the 240D.

So. cheap. Not too many features. The is blah but the chassis is sound and it over the long haul. I know about you, but sounds about like I expect from a Mercedes-Benz. If any car deserves to wear the star, I suppose this one does.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 AT Special Series


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