MercedesBenz W204 CClass motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz W204

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

Engine/Drivetrain/Chassis:

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 mature

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.

AND EQUIPMENT

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

MECHANICAL

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.

Mercedes-Benz W204

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 key rivals it faces is the Lexus IS which proved quite a hit in with 3381 sales its name. Audi’s A4 also to soldier on, finding 2689 in 2006.

The Mercedes-Benz commands a price over each of these on a spec-for-spec basis, but it has the undeniable of the three-pointed star. The mid-year of the W204 model will provide a healthy impetus to sales.

If first impressions are any the BMW 3 Series is in for a formidable challenge. The route at the launch (in and around Spain) was supremely daunting, narrow, twisty mountain with bucketing rain and gravel thrown into the

Even in this environment, the felt secure and well We pushed it far harder than prospective owners are ever to, yet it remained poised and predictable.

the latest-generation ESP (Electronic Stability system is far more progressive in its than was the case in the W203. It the driver to enjoy a little bit of action before activating even when it does so, the is gentle and subtle, as opposed to the harshness of the old system.

The Carsales sampled a C 350 Avantgarde, and this comes with 18-inch and a sporty three-spoke steering with gearshift paddles. Our car was equipped with the optional Agility Package, which the car’s responses to the situation driver’s inclination).

If you’re in attack’ mode, you simply a Sport button on the centre and a few things happen behind the the suspension firms up (thanks to dampers), the steering ratio more direct, the transmission more aggressive shift and throttle response becomes

The difference is palpable, so much so it takes a little familiarisation to comfortable with the ultra-sharp response and directness of the steering in mode. More importantly, the car with a tautness that the fact that it’s a sedan.

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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