Mercedes-Benz C-Class

WHAT IS IT?
It’s the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class– an extremely significant vehicle for the three-pointed star, not least due to the fact that it’s marketed 2.5 million of them considering that the fourth-generation cars and truck was presented in 2014.

So what’s brand-new? Not the system– the brand-new C sits on a greatly revised variation of the outward bound cars and truck’s bases, but is physically larger in every respect bar height. Considerably the brand-new C borrows much technology from the current-gen S-Class, including the standard design as well as idea of its inside. The engines vary from mild-hybrid four-cylinders to a plug-in petroleum with a diesel on the way.

Competitors? The BMW 3 Collection and also Audi A4 are the large 2, however there’s likewise the Tesla Design 3, Volvo S60, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Jaguar XE to think of.

WAIT, SO IT HAS THE SAME INSIDE AS THE S-CLASS?
Yea, the standard style of the brand-new C’s dashboard is shown to Merc’s extravagant front runner. The 11.9-inch picture touchscreen, squeezed straight from the S-Class and typical on all UK automobiles, is pretty intuitive and also stuffed with way too many attributes to listing. Merc’s ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice aide obtains cleverer with every generation (it’s not quite Alexa, yet it’s close), as well as is the safest way of running the system while you’re driving. Over-the-air updates mean the system should improve as time passes, as well.

You ‘d expect a Mercedes to be comfortable, as well as the new C does not dissatisfy. The seats and also driving position are spot-on as well as it’s very silent. Pity several of the indoor materials let the atmosphere down, which in spite of being normally larger than its precursor, the new C isn’t very large relative to its competitors. More on all that in the ‘Inside’ section.

HOW DOES IT HANDLE ITSELF?
The big change with this latest generation is the concentrate on convenience. The flight is notably softer and also more pillowy than the BMW 3 Series. Certainly you can have an AMG Line C-Class which comes with sports suspension as well as sits 15mm less than requirement, yet if you desire driver benefit, the BMW is still the cars and truck to have.

The Mercedes is the one for consuming range and also whiling away the hours. It enjoys on freeways and well supported on B-roads. It’s still a pity that UK cars and trucks aren’t readily available with the flexible dampers our European counterparts obtain, nor the rear-wheel steering, but neither is a bargain breaker. This is a smooth, certain, capable auto to drive– a bit woolly when pushed, however good at right stuff that in fact matters in this course. Full information on the ‘Driving’ tab.

WHAT ENGINES TIN YOU GET?
From launch there’s a choice of four– C200 and C300 fuels, and also C220d as well as C300d diesels. The C300 gas and both diesels have 2.0-litre engines, while the C200 makes do with a little 1.5. All are mild-hybrids, including a 48-volt battery and also integrated starter/generator motor that recovers energy shed under stopping, using it to help the engine at launch as well as when speeding up.

Purchasers currently likewise have the option of a gas plug-in crossbreed with an electric variety of over 60 miles. This is the C300e, and it’s possibly the choice of the variety. The electrics are better integrated below than they remain in any other equivalent plug-in hybrid, with excellent functionality and also genuinely beneficial array. A diesel plug-in will join the line-up this year. Other brand-new Cs on the horizon include the AMG C63, which we already know will certainly be an all-wheel drive plug-in crossbreed with north of 600bhp.

We’ve also driven the 201bhp C200 and C220d, in addition to the 261bhp C300d. The former is great however appears a bit reedy when you’re pushing on, while the latter is arguably among the finest 2.0-litre diesels you can acquire now. Fine-tuned and also punchy– an excellent match for the new C and its standard-fit nine-speed car, if not as charming as the BMW 330d’s straight-six.

HOW MUCH DOES IT PRICE?
Rates start from ₤ 38,785 OTR for the entry-level gasoline C200, making it generally the like its competitors. As standard you obtain a riches of tech, including a high-resolution 11.9-inch central media present full with Merc’s most recent generation MBUX media system, heated pole positions and wireless mobile phone charging, a turning around camera, and a significant range of driver aid systems.

From there on trim levels adhere to the normal Mercedes formula, with the sporty-looking AMG Line with a lot more package setup you back an additional ₤ 1,380. Costs versions begin with simply timid of ₤ 43k, while Premium Plus, starting from ₤ 46,700, includes 19-inch five-double-spoke alloy wheels, breathtaking sliding sunroof, head-up screen and also Thermotronic four-zone automatic climate control.

Desire the complete bundle? The range-topping C 300 d AMG Line Premium And also will establish you back ₤ 52,125 …

WHAT’S THE JUDGMENT?
” Widely comfy, impressively geared up, and also guaranteed to drive, the brand-new C-Class ticks a great deal of boxes”
The new C-Class is a handsome as well as capable vehicle, a lot more carefully lined up to the Audi A4’s comfort, refinement and also top quality than the BMW 3 Collection’ dynamism. It looks upmarket and also has a sophisticated, comfortable cabin packed with S-Class-grade tech. The engines aren’t one of the most gratifying to utilize, yet they are efficient, and the new plug-in hybrids established brand-new standards for the class. If you can extend to them, those are the ones to have.

That said the brakes are a bit weird, it’s not particularly large about its competitors as well as parts of the control panel as well as indoor trim really feel a little low-cost. If you can look past all that, it’s a guaranteed selection.