2015 MercedesBenz CClass First Drive Yahoo Autos

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Drive

Gliding through the beauty and cultured history of along glass-smooth strips of asphalt under castle-dotted it’s easy to lose with reality.

In a way, the high-style 2015 Mercedes-Benz is a microcosm of this unreal sensibility; it’s beautiful, in history, and yet completely modern as

Fortunately, the 2015 C-Class and draws you into the present, drawing you out of your reverie your attention wander. Mercedes-Benz’s best small sedan yet, and it’s the car we’ve driven in the segment.


At a glance, the 2015 C-Class is beautiful. Look and that perception deepens. the aggressive but not angry face to the hood and sides, over the arched roofline into the balanced tail, the exterior of the new is S-Class in miniature, feeling bit as elegant as the brand’s flagship—just compact.

Inside, the theme with Mercedes’ new round-vent and themes executed in materials range from satisfying to impressive. Even in models to base specification—where rubbered and piano-black finishes meet MB Tex upholstery, the sense of quality and design shine through; with a full leather and wood or aluminum trim, the cabin truly rises the premium ranks, despite its size. Of particular note is an open-pore Ash wood trim as the backing surface to the entire center stack around the and door pulls. This recalls some of Mercedes elegant cars of the late with its textural grain, its satin finish draws on the of modern in-car aesthetics.

Space is nearly as abundant as too, with the C-Class slightly this time up 3.7 inches in length, 3.0 inches in and 1.6 inches in width for 2015. The noticeable improvement is in the rear leg room, which, while a close fit for those over six can hold even rather adults in comfort, without legs or heads rubbing The front row offers plenty of for the larger adult, as well as adjustability for drivers of nearly any thanks to a multi-adjustable seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

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Underpinning all of is an Airmatic suspension, which be optional on U.S.-market C300 and standard on the C400. Combining a progressive-rate air spring system by adjustable-rate hydraulic dampers, the suspension marries the comfort and you want in a luxury sedan the body control and minimal of a sport sedan. Some of the for the balance between comfort and is owed to weight reduction: the C-Class is up to 220 pounds lighter its predecessor.

Even in its sharpest mode, however, the Airmatic is not tuned for edgy performance—but just leaves room for the C-Class AMG. which is due to in less than a year.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


The U.S. will two versions of the 2015 C-Class at both equipped with 4Matic all-wheel-drive. In the C300, a turbocharged four-cylinder provides 241 and 273 pound-feet of torque. The C400 to a 329-horsepower, 354-pound-foot 3.0-liter V-6.

During our stints the wheel in and around Marseilles, we the C400’s turbo V-6  a fun and companion in hustling the C-Class at a pace. The seven-speed automatic with or without use of the steering-wheel-mounted shifters, handles the shifts precision and quickness, though the pace slackened a bit, we did a few rough shifts—perhaps issues for the still to work out before the retail sales launch fall.

The U.S.-market C300 available during the first event, though the same detuned to about 35 fewer and pound-feet in the European-spec C250, feels peppy under the of the 2015 C-Class. In American trim, it should be plenty and a marked upgrade from the uninspired performance of the 1.8-liter four-cylinder in the previous American

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

and transmission responses can be adjusted a range from Eco to Comfort to to Sport+. Eco mode slows the responses in an effort to extract efficiency, and while it does the car feel more sluggish, done in a way that you’re to notice when trudging city traffic—the optimal to enhance efficiency. In Comfort the powertrain response is re-awakened, but is smoothed. In Sport and Sport+ throttle response is made Airmatic-equipped models become (and in Sport+ mode, 15 mm and the transmission gets just a more aggressive in its shift When set to its most aggressive the 2015 C-Class is engaging and fun to through a winding canyon but it doesn’t exhibit the sharper of a true sport sedan.

Like most modern sedans, the 2015 C-Class electric-assist power steering. most electric-assist power the driver’s feel for the behavior of the wheels’ contact patches is muted, but the steering rack’s ratio is spot-on, ramping up rate in a progressive and predictable In 4Matic models, the extra power sent to the front along with a little weight on the nose in V-6 form, to further reduce steering but the rear-drive four-cylinder model’s is noticeably lighter and more yes, the U.S. will get a version of the C300 a few months the 4Matic-only model is launched.

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As much as the exterior and interior of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class speaks of a new of luxury and design, the technology just beneath the surface—and the safety-oriented aspects of that move the C-Class on par with its stablemates, the E-Class and S-Class.

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Mercedes’ Intelligent Drive of safety gear, including Plus radar adaptive control and steering assist, a lane-keeping assist function, and BAS brake assist with function, matches features on Mercedes’ more expensive On top of these features, available extras include Active Assist, which automates in parallel or perpendicular spaces; a camera that provides from several points the vehicle as well as a top-down eye view that we found to be detailed and accurate; and Traffic Assist with Wrong-Way a system that reads limit, no-passing, no-entry, and road signs and relays the to the driver.

Also new to the C-Class is a display, which can display a of information, including navigation speed, RPMs, gear and more.

The COMAND infotainment also receives some coming with a standard display (or an optional 8.4-inch with the Multimedia package); mbrace2 app suite; and a new touch-sensitive pad hovering over the traditional dial control.

2015 C-Class

This last the touchpad, allows gestural including swipes, pinch-zoom, and more. While it’s a intuitive way to interact with the than the dial-controlled method of COMAND systems, we found it to a bit of a learning curve at first to which gestures, taps, and work to perform which in each of the many screens in the COMAND system. We also a tendency to accidentally touch the portion of the controller when to use the dial controller below, diverting us into unintended and options.

After a week’s use, the learning curve is likely to be and the addition of touch and gestures a boon to the COMAND interface, but we still have to ask: why not offer the display—which already rather like a tablet sat the dash—with a touchscreen? Mercedes to our query with talk of and attention, but we still have to it would be yet more intuitive and to interact with the display in the way we use our tablets, and desktop all-in-one

Minor interface gripes the 2015 C-Class offers other features of note to the the audiophile. An available Burmester system turns the cabin a listening studio, delivering and precise representations of your whether it’s from the CD radio, or piped over from your mobile The base stereo system Mercedes’ Frontbass system, puts subwoofers under the passengers’ footwell, as well as the spaces within the side and body structure as resonance for other speakers. For the olfactory Mercedes-Benz even offers the air freshener system housed in the box—another feature drawn from the S-Class—in the new C.

Three One Tier

Between the new structure and the gorgeous styling inside and and the upgrades to technology and safety, is making a bold attempt to similar levels of luxury and in the C-Class as you’ll find in the and S-Class. While the smaller tag means the sumptuous and even feel of the larger sedans is in the C-Class, the sense the owner get is one of unity: moving up the range is not so about upgrading to greater capability, but to larger, more more exclusive vehicles.

Spending time in the 2015 C-Class, whether in Provence or in Marseilles or Milwaukee, is to experience a in reality, powering along in a car feels like it’s twice its likely price But it’s a good bend, and one like to see other luxury make with their cars.

For now, however, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class we’re watching for our Best Car To Buy award later this

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz 2015 new
Mercedes-Benz 2015 new
Mercedes-Benz 2015 new
Mercedes-Benz 2015 new


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