2015 MercedesBenz CClass Test Drive Can the 2015 MercedesBenz…

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Test Drive: Can the 2015 C-Class Upstage its New Baby

The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class like a chip off the ol’ block, but does this mini-me feel and drive its posh parent?

On Sale Fall 2014

Base $38,000 (estimated)

Competitors: A4, BMW 3-Series, Cadillac ATS, IS

Powertrains: Turbocharged 2.0-liter 241 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque; Turbocharged V6, 329 hp, 354 lb-ft; 7-speed automatic. RWD or AWD

EPA Economy: N/A

Upon seeing year’s debut of the CLA-Class, be forgiven for thinking the Mercedes-Benz planners had hit the Jägermeister a little The sub-$30,000 sedan was sleeker yet than the aging C-Class, the CLA a no-brainer alternative to its supposedly stablemate. Fast forward to the 2015 C-Class, though, and we can see the behind the madness.

No longer the entry point to the star, the C-Class has grown 3.7 in length, 1.6 inches in width, but up to 220 pounds compared to its predecessor. The transformation comes largely the C’s new modular rear-drive (MRA) which incorporates a aluminum chassis and replaces the steel skin with Added benefits include a center of gravity and a fuel improvement of up to 20 percent.

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The usual electronic aids trickled down from E- and models (including the notorious Plus with Steering which enables semi-autonomous at speeds below 37 mph), other bells and whistles an available fragrance atomizer, up display, and a GPS-enabled climate that automatically closes the air recirculation flap when the has entered a tunnel. Apple note: The C-Class will be the Benz to debut CarPlay enables a seamless (if simplified)interface iPhone and vehicle.

The new C-Class feels miles apart the competent but functional outgoing Real metal surfaces and open-pore wood trim the cockpit to live up to its swoopy silhouette. The steering column-mounted feels a bit out of place in a sporty but a jam of the right pedal of the C400 a solid shove into seat and relatively quick from the 7G-Tronic Plus gearbox. Paddle-actuated downshifts are gratifying, but we expect persnickety fiends to find more in the inevitable AMG spinoff.

Two powerplants will be available at A 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque will the C300, while the C400 a 3.0-liter turbo V-6 with 329 hp and 354 The four-cylinder, rear-drive version we in the south of France was a slightly European derivative of the U.S. yet delivered serviceable acceleration and if not revelatory, steering feedback.

Swapping that model for a C400 4Matic revealed a different animal, one with grunt but less delicate The all wheel-drive version didn’t quite as communicative as its rear-drive Incidentally, the electromechanical setup a different supplier for the steering the 4Matic gets a ZF unit, the rear-drive enlists ThyssenKrupp. reducing the 4Matic model’s is the inevitable axle loads associated with driving all wheels.


Both testers equipped with an optional air suspension setup at both C-Class first. The system can be in to one of four styles#151;Comfort, ECO, and Sport+#151;and it will fine-tune setting based on driver Airmatic revealed perceptible but not different damping levels the generally smooth Route des which spills itself the hills that jut against the coast. Paired with wheels clad with tires, the Airmatic setup a bit on the crisp side, exhibiting slight wheel hop along the of surfaces. Although we expected a bit variability (and sharper-edged in Sport +), the system reinforced the roots as a quiet, planted car with performance capabilities than a sports sedan a luxury car’s body.

Larger and more luxurious its predecessor, the new C-Class defies to its CLA little brother by delivering balanced bodywork wrapped a cabin that feels all up. It may not be the sportiest sedan in its segment, but the newfound sophistication makes it one of the intriguing.

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