MercedesBenz CClass: Road Test motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Road

It may be called a mid-life update, but the Mercedes-Benz C-Class feels an all-new car

Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI, C 250 CDI C 250


Price Guide price before statutory and charges): $60,990 (C 200 CDI) (C 250 CDI C 250)

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Crash Five-star (ANCAP)


Claimed fuel economy 7.2 (C 250), 5.4 (C 200 CDI), 5.1 (C 250 CDI)

CO2 (g/km): 167 (C 250), 143 (C 200 CDI), 134 (C 250

From two dozen yards the new 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class the same as it did when launched in But get a little closer and you’ll a number of subtle changes to the model.

Sure, the car’s silhouette is no different, but the re-sculpted add a more contemporary air to the German while the various LED daytime lights could be enough to Audi owners perform a

Driving the updated C-Class was a and largely enjoyable experience. I had the fortune of testing a couple of trim levels and engine — two diesels and one petrol and in all instances it was hard to fault.

The C 200 C 250 CDI and C 250 CGI were all tested over the of a month, and I’ll happily lay my on the table right now: I driving all of them. They’re not simply very, very

Moreover, this updated has changed the way I perceive the brand, an impressive style that knows how to craft.

For mine, one of the best things the current C-Class is the adoption of automatic transmissions on all C-Class — even the poverty models. Previously four-cylinder models were packaged a five-speed auto, so this is a big up.

It’s a very smooth yet one that delivers rapid should you be in a hurry, and its tiny brain never became during our tests, always the right gear for the job at hand.

the throttle and the gearbox is quick to a few cogs, giving the driver instant access to the engine’s spot. The 7G-Tronic transmission provides the Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more frugal nature cruising on the highway, as the addition of a tall seventh gear the engine tick over at engine speeds. All C-Class are rear-wheel drive.

Another of the car’s fuel-saving engineering was initially very impressive was the engine system. It’s one of the systems to react; shutting the down when it detects the car is at a In moderately flowing traffic a good system, cutting to the engine when you pull up at lights and restarting when you your foot off the brake.

in slow moving traffic the stopping and starting of the engine few seconds was annoying on almost occasion. Thankfully the system can be off.

Interior ambience is peerless, as the C-Class manages to a number of neat features lift it above the Audi A4 and BMW 3

Roomy inside, with space for four adults and a amount of rear seat room get the car off to a good start, only shoulder room and leg room slight concerns for the of occupants.

But it’s not just the of space that makes the a nice place to spend It’s the little things, the way the seat belts automatically across your chest you plug them in, adding a of security before you drive

The Benz stylists have a scalpel (rather than a to the cabin, creating an agreeable that isn’t as minimalist as the BMW 3 but is very easy to work Controls are clearly labelled, on the steering wheel and centre ergonomics are generally good and the panel looks sensational to a high resolution TFT colour inside the speedometer, which to the car’s premium feel.

all models also come with a 14.7cm colour LCD that displays everything your radio station to satellite navigation (the is optional).

Basic comfort is care of by ‘man-made’ leather on the C 200 CDI and leather on the other two models. The cushions were a little too for my liking, but the leather quality was adding to the car’s luxurious

There are also neat areas underneath each seat, with easy mechanisms and enough room for a iPod or purse. Another touch that makes a big is the dashboard cover that all the way to the centre console, which benefits drivers in sunny by reducing the sun dazzle and reflection on the

Guiding the C-Class through the obstacles that daily throws at drivers is not only but satisfying at times. With a drive layout, acceleration is even on the entry-level C 200 diesel, and assisted steering is direct if of meaningful feedback.

This of feedback is not a problem in most and the power assistance is actually a for the most part. But if you fancy a along the coast or through the it does take a little bit from the experience.

I’m not the new C-Class isn’t enjoyable to should you decide to attack it’s just that on than perfect surfaces difficult to tell whether the wheels are at their grip

The chassis is impressively tuned, an almost ideal balance ride quality and handling While the handling isn’t as sharp as the BMW 3 Series, the ride is better than its German providing a more comfortable — one that suited my more adequately as a result.

bigger bumps on the road be felt more clearly on the fitted with 18-inch but generally speaking all three were very well on the road.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is quiet car, as well comfortable. This is particularly at freeway speeds. It just to hum along like a stealth the mild hum of the engine the only

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Speaking of which, testing different engines back to provided a new insight into the refinement of the modern diesel

While the (150kW/310Nm) C 250 CGI 1.8-litre petrol engine is a smooth, and relatively eager powerplant, it the low down grunt of the diesel

If you’re driving manifesto features brisk drives the hills on crisp but cold afternoons, the petrol engine not disappoint; its ability to rev and a strong top end it a satisfying vehicle to drive and fast, and the chassis is capable of a decent line through a

Mercedes-Benz claims an average consumption figure of 7.2L/100km for the petrol engine (we recorded to 10.0L/100km), and while it feels to 100km/h than the four-pot in a more pertinent benchmark for driving — 0 to 50km/h it’s not necessarily the quicker

Indeed, if you are expecting to spend of your drive time or just visiting friends and and not straying too far from the urban the diesel mills are a far better

Forget what you might about turbodiesel engines; the generation Benz oilers are refined and surprisingly satisfying to and both the C 200 CDI and C 250 CDI exemplify these

The Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI is powered by a 2.1-litre turbodiesel engine, which 100kW/300Nm, and it’s that figure that matters The Toyota Corolla outputs the power as this $60,900 but the 300 Isaacs gives the car impressive pulling power.

The gentle of the diesel engine’s power is a better fit for the car as well — if you drive the accelerator pedal into the carpet the car never abrupt or jerky.

My final fuel consumption for the C 200 CDI was 6.4L/100km over 400km. 80 per cent of those kilometres daily commuting and stop-start city traffic on the weekend, Benz claims the car is capable of a average.

The C 250 CDI commands a $7000 over the C 200 CDI, and pumps out more power and torque, to be precise. It uses the same engine block as its lesser but adds a second turbocharger to its lofty power heights, and you the extra urge on the road.

in the C 250 CDI is substantially improved over the C 200 though I’m not convinced worth the extra dough. If you to have the 250 lettering on your car go for it, and it is a nicer car to drive thanks to a muscular mid range — not $7000 nicer.

Criticisms for the are few and far between. It’s a meticulously application, but there were a of things that struck me as not strange, but illogical. Firstly, off the ESP. The stability control well and is subtle enough most drivers won’t to turn it off, but don’t try it off in a hurry.

Most vehicles a standalone button to switch it Not here. The German interior have decided it’s to make you scroll through menus on the instrument panel to it off. This seems odd to me.

The other aspect that me was the inclusion of a foot-operated park Lexus still persists this anachronism, but Mercedes? It so out of place and so dated that for it took away a little of the sheen. Granted it is easy to but on one occasion I almost accidentally the throttle instead of the park Mercedes Australia wouldn’t been happy if that

Nevertheless, Mercedes-Benz has delivered an upgrade on its C-Class, which is a car for all and, seemingly, all people.

C 200 CDI: Iridium Silver paint ($2,080), COMAND APS Vision Package ($4,920), sunroof ($1,090), Reversing ($1,200). C 250 CDI: Magnetite metallic paint ($2,080), AMG Package ($4,850), Driver Package ($2,990), Vision ($4,920), Reversing camera C 250: Alabandite Grey paint ($2,080), AMG Sports ($4,850), Driver Assistance ($2,990), Vision Package Reversing camera ($1,200).

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