W204 MercedesBenz C200K Test Drive Review

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Mercedes-Benz C 200 Kompressor 163hp W203

W204 Mercedes-Benz C200K Drive Review

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The last time we spoke this car. it was on a good workout up to Cameron Highlands and But there’s only so much you can do on a with a driving partner. the fact that the motoring were about meant the ‘sportier’ Avantgarde models snapped up way ahead and held throughout the trip.

It was everyone’s since nobody got to make a comparison between the two trim last year. But a hardworking Teoh pursued Mercedes-Benz Malaysia so he could ‘C-for-himself’.

might be sick of his face by but you get to read more from him the jump.

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#038; Engineering

Things changed much since the C-Class entered the market last year. The BMW 3-series is sitting pretty on top and is the only of the C-segment with GPS. The premium executive sedans the A4 with its quattro whilst its the Volkswagen Jetta and Skoda (technically a notchback but based on the platform) are able to offer a discount on the luxury Germans. a few other marques sniffing at the fringes but it’s hard to a strong case for any of them the practical realities of our market.

The new continues the move away the staid ‘uncle’ image of Merc designs that was spotted on the CLS and then to a non-so-shocking the B and R. There are now lines and angles clearly taking on the rather but overall well-crafted outlook of the

This might not be so apparent on the line, which is meant to be after all, but on the Avantgarde, the radiator grille with the tristar that’s probably on Google Earth, ensures the ideas of being aged, and boringly German are replaced those of being young, and well, somewhat Japanese.

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The Elegance maintains the ornament but shares the chiseled a bonnet cover that like it came from a car and front skirting with the which give them a outlook. Perhaps with a canvas to paint on, MB have able to incorporate all this funkiness without looking too Indeed, the deep shoulder looks better-utilised here on nearly every other car seen.

They’ve made the wider by 42mm, longer by and taller by 18mm and the resulting in cabin room is most by a whopping 45mm in wheelbase. Now 2.76 metres, it solves the irony of buying these C-segment cars – spend a wad of only to have your passengers feel too cramped.

The is that it feels nearly as as D-segment cars like the Camry or even the BMW 5-series. The thing is that despite car to cover, the bodyshell is in fact, 8kg than that of the outgoing keeping to Mercedes commitment to the trend of increasing weight on the of our poor roads and global in our atmosphere.

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Placing weight on the roads is a rather suspension setup – MacPhersons upfront and multi-link at the back. is however, enhanced by Agility dampers which alter the according to driving style and conditions. This is achieved by multi-stage hydraulic valves react to the velocity of the piston the shock absorber, stiffening the absorbers during hard


It is the handling though, that has the C’s weak point and it is telling MB boasts a 52.5-47.5 front-rear distribution. Not quite perfect, they will tell you the front-bias is a more familiar to the average driver.

Other innovations include a twin drainage channel which a two-piece rubber lip as a transition the roof and the rear window. It channels rainwater away the rear window and downwards the window edging, keeping the clean even at high saving the weight of a rear There’s also Adaptive which gives you ‘hill-hold and also primes your when you make a sudden from the throttle and also light contact to dry your discs in wet conditions.

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The C-Class is for whatever choice of interior you Those seeking the traditional veneer will find sprinkled on doors and centre on the Elegance, whereas the Avantgarde, the young punk’s choice, all wood with brushed

It’s the first time I can a Merc with no wood in it and I it – I guess this makes me a punk. The Elegance gets an button on the driver’s door to in the wing mirrors, a feature missing on the Avantgarde – amazing even a Perodua Viva has now – but overall, the controls for electric-driven windows and mirrors adjustments on the panel are wonderfully designed.

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The can’t be said for the centre though. The Thermatic climate buttons are fine enough but the system which uses a near the gear shifter and another bunch of buttons at the unit – incidentally, a 6-disc changer with MP3 playability gives pretty reasonable quality – aren’t exactly you’d call ‘integrated’. a bit of a plasticky feel to things – of the Jap-influence, I guess – although is much better than its

Front seats are very but in the back, a compromise still had to be despite the increase in wheelbase. rear legroom improvements still incorporating a backrest is still too upright.

Other features include rear vents and an electric roller for the rear window but the addition of telephony will come in handy for those who have to do business on the go.

Engine, Gearbox Performance

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Mercedes-Benz C 200 Kompressor 163hp W203

MB will launch the C230 will have 201hp and the transmission although it’ll get you from 0-100km/h 0.1s and just 3km/h faster at speed. Unless it comes with features – it will the Advanced Agility package, may make better use of the power – there’s probably no reason to past the M271 E18 1,796cc available in the C200K.

K stands for which means supercharging, in 181hp at 5,500rpm with (up 18%) usable between This is 21hp up from the supercharged unit in the W203, it to hit the ton in 8.8s, a 0.6s improvement and all the way 230km/h,

You probably don’t to be testing out those figures because once again, the is a disappointment. Once you’ve the precise yet smooth changes in a Beemer’s shorter gearing, the disappoints in responsiveness.

Within a particular gear, the C is personified but eventually it’ll to change up and this is when a making haste will get frustrated. Even when you out of Comfort and into Sports and try to override the gear selection you can’t take anything for as the car continues to follow its own idea of gear you should be in.

Ride Handling

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to Agility Control, the car remains as and easy-on-the-bum as ever yet with to offer in terms of handling. The slight price premium into play here, speed-sensitive steering that the amount of assistance provided. The reinforced rigidity of its steering already adds 6% more than the W203′s so the Avantgarde’s was so better than the outgoing that I could nearly how huge the wheel actually

The Avantgarde also comes a slightly harder suspension to facilitate what is presumed to be a hooligan-ish demographic. Up until the the Avantgarde proves to be a capable

However, despite the cars track and new, lighter it certainly doesnt seem to more bite than the It feels more composed and in either trim and the Avantgarde’s steering certainly gives you a lot confidence thanks also to bodyroll than the W203.

efficiency

Improvements in the engine and aerodynamics not see the car being faster, but also fuel efficient. Saving you a litre every 100km, it 12.2km to the litre. Of course, in we only got 7.7km.

This you could stretch its 66-litre to 600km if you were really but expecting 500 is more realistic. Not bad and is thanks to weight control as as ventilating slits in the lenses of the lights. When the car is on the move, air is in from the underbody and is conducted to out of these slits which air out sideways, reducing turbulence the car and reducing air resistance to a CD coefficient of 0.27.

In the end though, unless some sort of hypocritical these slight savings in won’t matter to you since splashing out RM248,888 (or RM10K if you’re picking the Avantgarde).

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Mercedes-Benz C 200 Kompressor 163hp W203
Mercedes-Benz C 200 Kompressor 163hp W203
Mercedes-Benz C 200 Kompressor 163hp W203
Mercedes-Benz C 200 Kompressor 163hp W203

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