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With sharper Mercedes’ new C-Class is aiming to a host of younger buyers.

We see how the version fares against IS250

IT comes as no surprise the new Mercedes C-Class is making in the compact executive class. The model’s sharp lines and look should certainly attract more youthful from its biggest rivals, BMW and

We’ve already driven and a four-cylinder diesel model Issue 964) and were impressed. Now we aim to find out whether the equivalent is as good and can match the high standards set by the oil-burner.

The is powered by an improved version of the supercharged engine from the model. This unit is used in the entry-level C180K, but is increased from 154bhp to

With prices starting at for the SE model, it’s one of the least routes to C-Class ownership. testing the comfort-biased Elegance which adds £1,195 to the model’s price.

Standing in its way is car that majors on refinement – the IS250. As well as a more V6 engine, this range-topping model also has a higher tag than the Mercedes, at £29,627.

are well equipped and packed the latest technology, both in the and under the skin. So, which one you opt for if you want to create a stir in the car park? Read on to find

Mercedes C200K

Want of how important the new C-Class is to Mercedes? before launch, it completed the comprehensive test programme in the history. Over three-and-a-half pre-production examples clocked up than 15 million miles the globe.

Considering it’s the model in the firm’s line-up, more than 1.4 million finding homes worldwide 2000, Mercedes clearly had to get the new exactly right, especially as it has to with ever-increasing competition in the executive sector.

In terms of it echoes the luxury S-Class, chunky wheelarches and a wedge-shaped end. The short overhangs and nose give it a more profile than its predecessor – and the IS – the rising swage lines on the have echoes of the BMW 3-Series. We it’s a real success, and help the C-Class bring its bang up to date.

There been some sweeping inside, too. The C-Class is than before and has a longer than the Lexus, so it feels spacious, particularly in the rear, decent leg and headroom. The boot is more generous and user-friendly its rival’s.

Thanks to a superb driving and plenty of adjustment in the seat and wheel, the cabin up front is more spacious than the But there are some criticisms. it’s an executive saloon, we disappointed by some of the plastics While the fit and finish is top notch, the seems slightly utilitarian and a sense of occasion. Overall, it’s a clean and unfussy while the switchgear has a quality to it.

The engine is a pleasant surprise. never been truly by the supercharged four-cylinder Kompressor that Mercedes has used for but this version of the 1.8-litre helps redress that. to the high-output motor now mean it has an extra 20bhp, and generates its 250Nm of torque at 2,800rpm. economy and performance are also

It feels punchy enough low and although lacking a decent note, it’s surprisingly when mated to the five-speed gearbox. At the test track, it was a behind the more powerful IS 0-60mph, but a result of nine means it’s no slouch.

Out on the the C200K is more willing its Japanese rival and doesn’t to be worked as hard as the V6 in the Lexus. and road noise are impressively low at but the best aspect of the Merc is its ride.

Even over rough roads it copes but that doesn’t mean soft through bends. The Agility Control selective system ensures that control and stability are both without compromising comfort. a shame, then, that the lacks sharpness and feels at high speeds.

You would expect a premium such as Mercedes to charge prices, but this mid-range Elegance costs £26,407, is £3,000 less than the Standard equipment totals are comparable, too, although our did come with £4,000 of options, which took the asking price above the mark.

Lexus IS250

the first ports of call for wanting a prestige sports were BMW, Audi and But you can now add Lexus to that list. The spin-off from Toyota introduced the IS range to the UK in 1999 and established itself as a strong

The second-generation model has further the firm’s reputation, and although image may not quite be up to Mercedes yet, the Japanese firm far behind. Styling is a key factor and the IS a definite European flavour to its

We’re not totally convinced by the though. While the sharp looks good and the high gives a solid air, the large rump seems and the tail-lights aren’t particularly It’s distinctive, although not as memorable as the athletic Mercedes.

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But while the appearance is European, the is typically Japanese. There are disappointing similarities with models, and the silver plastics on the console feel dated, if the layout is simple and the controls The standard leather trim is and build quality is a match for the but while everything is more than in the C-Class, there are big criticisms.

The seating is too high, headroom for taller drivers, a lack of storage on the centre and some of the buttons are hidden at knee level. And it’s no in the back. Head and legroom great and footspace is tight, further by the large transmission The boot is also very

However, push the engine button, and things improve. The V6 powerplant is one of the smoothest we’ve driven. There’s virtually no and noise is well suppressed.

At the track, the Lexus was almost a quicker from 0-60mph, a sprint time of 8.1 seconds, it was only marginally faster in The reason for this is that its 252Nm of torque beats the 250Nm, it doesn’t peak 4,800rpm – 2,000rpm further up the rev than the Mercedes. So in everyday the IS seems a little sluggish, isn’t helped by its extra The six-speed automatic box doesn’t much feedback, either, the upshifts are virtually seamless.

Refinement is the IS’s strong Great insulation means the is silent at speed, and although is tyre noise on the motorway, it a superb long-distance cruiser. At the IS was 3dB quieter than the C-Class’s and it was also more hushed at The ride is excellent, too, if the rear suspension can become unsettled on uneven roads.

The isn’t as involving as the Mercedes’, but well balanced, and the IS feels It’s let down somewhat by the power-steering, which is artificial and feedback, but body roll is in check.

The Lexus isn’t though. At nearly £30,000, it a hefty premium over the The options list isn’t as as the Merc’s and kit is pretty expensive, For example, sat-nav will set you £2,710, but that also parking sensors and Bluetooth. this high price against it at the final verdict?


1st Mercedes C200K

2nd Lexus

While both of these make most sense as the petrol versions still plenty to offer. The IS’s V6 has character than the C-Class’s engine, but isn’t any pacier, pushed hard. The IS250 more in SE-L trim, and it doesn’t ride as well,

Yet these aren’t the only why the Mercedes takes victory. The new is simply more talented. the cabin is plain and finished in plastics, but it has extra room, the driving position is better and the bigger. What’s more, the offers a smooth ride, steering and excellent composure in – the Lexus is uninvolving in comparison.

But not to say the C-Class is perfect; it lacks a sparkle, and the engine isn’t suited to an auto. Additionally, model costs the same as the frugal – and tempting – C200 CDI Nevertheless, the C200K is cheaper the IS250 SE-L and comes equipped. The IS has always been for comfort, and that’s still the for refinement, the Lexus is unsurpassed. But the C-Class, that’s not enough.

Mercedes-Benz S 280 204hp W220
Mercedes-Benz S 280 204hp W220
Mercedes-Benz S 280 204hp W220

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