MercedesBenz W204 CClass motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz W204 C-Class 2007)

What we liked

sense of style and proportion

ride/handling dynamics

Improved quality

Not so much

A bit pricey circa-$55k entry point)

rating: 4.0/5.0


Price, Packaging and Practicality:

Safety: 4.5/5.0

Behind the 4.0/5.0

X-factor: 4.0 /5.0

Mercedes-Benz launches an all-new the automotive world sits up and notice. Hardly surprising, as the flagship Merc sedan has a well-earned reputation — several generations — for the design/technology envelope to parcel-like with each successive

However, just as significant as the in the big-picture is its C-Class junior which, in most markets Australia), is the three-pointed star’s seller.

In many ways, the has the tougher task. While the is the car by which all other upper-luxury are judged, the C has it has to lock horns BMW’s 3 Series, recent of which have been acknowledged as the yardstick for that

Bearing this in mind, the boffins turfed pretty everything from the outgoing — barring the engines, are carried over (with updates in the case of the C 200 Kompressor’s supercharged motor).

The new W204 is 55mm longer, 42mm and 22mm taller than its predecessor, yet Mercedes has managed the neat trick of keeping its weight exactly the same.

The lies in state-of-the-art construction and the use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel, means the body-in-white (ie the bare is actually eight kilos than before. Yet, rigidity is 16 per cent higher that of the W203, and this dividends in the areas of refinement, and passive safety, but more on later.

The goal was to raise the bar in every — looks, ride, interior space, safety and quality being the obvious — in the quest to make it a The marketing folk also the car needed to appeal to a younger (the average age of the C-Class is currently a rather …

To help snare the youthful without alienating its traditional the styling department came up two faces — a bold, visage (with the three-pointed on the grille) for the sporty Avantgarde and a more conservative face the star remaining atop the for the Classic and Elegance models.


Local pricing for the is yet to be announced, but expect an increase of two to three per cent over the price points, if trends in markets are any indication. (This to a starting price around

Australian specification levels also be announced when the car locally, but expect a reasonably standard kit list, comprising a of six airbags (dual front, and curtain), with a knee possibly among the options

Obviously, keyless entry, windows and mirrors, ABS (with Assist), ESP (Electronic Stability alloy wheels and climate air-con will come at no cost. [Ed: Mercedes have stated the current C-Class ‘runout’ models be too far away from the kick-off of the new model. If that’s the case, equipment will have a significant boost over the spec of the W203]

You’ll to reach into your if you want features such as the Light System (with different lighting functions) or the new Control package with shock absorber control (PR for adaptive dampers), but expect preventive occupant protection to be standard specification Down


Although the bulk of the C-Class is all-new, Mercedes has carried over the powertrains the outgoing model (albeit a few tweaks to the 1.8-litre, four-cylinder motor that powers the Kompressor).

Power output of the entry-level C 180 has increased from the previous to 115kW, while peak is up from 220 to 230Nm. Meanwhile, the C 200 outputs are up to 135kW and 250Nm with the outgoing model’s and 240Nm).

As was the case before, models can be had with a six-speed or five-speed automatic, but few buyers for the former.

Mercedes-Benz claims Kompressor variants not only better acceleration than the car-maker also points to fuel consumption. It’s significant news as the four-cylinder account for the lion’s share of sales.

The diesel-powered C 220 CDI has also the beneficiary of a few tweaks that boosted power from to 125, while torque is up 340 to 400Nm. Mercedes claims consumption has also been by up to 0.3lt/100km.

Further up the range are the C C 280 and C 350 models, which are powered by V6 displacing 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 litres The C230 produces 150kW/245Nm, the has 170kW/300Nm, while the C 350 pumps out and 350Nm.

Each of the V6 models with a 7G-Tronic seven-speed as standard.

However, while the department hasn’t been with unduly, Mercedes-Benz has great pains to re-engineer about everything else.

As earlier, the body’s construction extensive use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength resulting in a stiffer, more chassis. This makes for occupant protection and tauter according to Mercedes.

The suspension uses multi-links at the front and and Mercedes has focused on introducing a dynamic feel to the car’s (steering too) in order to it can rival the sharp-handling BMW 3 Series.

One of the of the outgoing C-Class that exactly ideal was the level of accommodation it provided. This was of the reason why the labcoats decided to the new car 55mm longer, 42mm and 22mm taller.

The result is better hip and shoulder in the front and rear seats, and is now more knee-room in the back (I verified this by travelling in the seat for part of the drive What’s more, the rear is positioned slightly higher the front pews, which even backbenchers can have a of the road ahead.

The outgoing has endured some criticism for a cabin ambience that quite live up to the standard set by its stable mates. For the W204 appears to have done its here, too, the new interior has a high-quality feel about it.

are some clever design particularly the manner in which the screen pops up (and from view when not in from the top of the centre console. neat is the Avantgarde’s three-spoke wheel, the central portion of mimics the shape of the McLaren-Mercedes One car.

Visually, the W204 is a Merc’s crayon department has nailed the proportions and detailing of the new Its stance is formidable — to S-Class themed muscular guards and wide tracks while the subtle use of curves and distinguishes it from the horde.

The isn’t just easy on the it’s slippery through the air as Its drag coefficient is quoted at a 0.27, which contributes to six per lower fuel consumption the old model).

Providing a choice of two also appears to be a masterstroke as models are now clearly distinguishable their Elegance and Classic Yet the whole exercise doesn’t Benz an arm and a leg as engineering two different (and grille inserts for the spoiler) is essentially all it took.

Of course, being a Mercedes-Benz, expect some cutting-edge features, and the C-Class doesn’t in this respect.

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As mentioned a quota of six airbags (dual side and curtain) and active restraints will be standard the world, and cars in some will also come a driver’s knee airbag. will work in tandem the new bodyshell, which is claimed to be stronger, especially in the areas it counts — ie the passenger

Mercedes’ engineers are confident the new will nail a five-star in NCAP crash testing more importantly, they say the car perform much better its forebear in real-world crashes.

Of it’s far better to avoid in the first place, and this is the of the latest-generation Electronic Stability traction control and ABS with Assist.

Among the new innovations are brake lights and — as the suggests — these when the brakes are stomped in at above 50km/h to warn behind and minimise the risk of rear-ended.

Also noteworthy is the system which will be equipment on Aussie Cs. Pre-Safe the seatbelts and positions the seats in the position for occupant protection if sensors detect an imminent It also closes the windows and within milliseconds to further occupants.

The C-Class faces from three main The biggest thorn in its side is the BMW 3 Series. Recently revamped, the sedan found 6035 last year — double the tally of the outgoing C-Class.

Mercedes has fared in the runout period of the current thanks to canny spec and It will clearly be anxious to the momentum and redress this deficit, and that’s where the more dynamic W204 model comes in.

Among the other key rivals it is the Lexus IS 250, which quite a hit in 2006, with sales against its name. A4 also continues to soldier on, 2689 buyers in 2006.

The commands a price premium each of these rivals on a basis, but it has the undeniable cachet of the star. The mid-year arrival of the model will undoubtedly a healthy impetus to C-Class

If first impressions are any indication, the BMW 3 is in for a formidable challenge. The drive at the launch (in and around Valencia, was supremely daunting, comprising twisty mountain roads, bucketing rain and scattered thrown into the mix.

in this environment, the C-Class secure and well planted. We it far harder than most owners are ever likely to, yet it poised and predictable.

Happily, the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) is far more progressive in its operation was the case in the W203. It allows the to enjoy a little bit of ‘drift’ before activating and, when it does so, the cut-in is and subtle, as opposed to the headmaster-caning-student of the old system.

The Carsales Network a C 350 Avantgarde, and this variant with 18-inch rims and a three-spoke steering wheel gearshift paddles. Our car was also with the optional Advanced Package, which tailors the responses to the situation (and inclination).

If you’re in ‘maximum mode, you simply press a button on the centre console and a few happen behind the scenes: the firms up (thanks to electronically-adjustable the steering ratio becomes direct, the transmission adopts aggressive shift points, and response becomes sharper.

The is palpable, so much so that it a little familiarisation to become with the ultra-sharp throttle and directness of the steering in Sport More importantly, the car corners a tautness that belies the that it’s a family

There’s minimal body very little understeer in tight corners) and an inherent of balance that stems commendable 52:48 weight and well-resolved multilink suspension.

impressive is the ride quality worth noting that, BMW, Mercedes has deliberately clear of runflat tyres).

It a sizeable bump/pothole to unsettle the and wind and tyre noise are well suppressed, which the C-Class would be an easy to live with in the day-to-day and on long-distance trips.

The 3.5-litre in the C 350 is a carryover item from the model, but it was introduced barely two ago, so it’s still a new design. Its outputs of 200kW and are healthy enough to provide a split of 6.4sec, so it’s a — if not electrifying —

Based on our preliminary impressions, not a whole lot to fault in Merc’s sedan. We’re eager to the ‘cooking’ model W204 models but can attest that the goes, stops and steers poise and precision, it looks the and has a cabin ambience befitting its status.

Overall, it’s a accomplished package that may be the new compact prestige sedan but we’ll reserve judgement on until we can line it up against its

Meanwhile, it’s another sign that Mercedes-Benz is to its tradition of engineering excellence, as to focusing on cost cutting.

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