More off-road-friendly C-Class variant impresses with its breadth of ability but won’t be coming to the UK
What is it?
The new C-Class All-Terrain is Mercedes-Benz’s solution to the similarity the Audi A4 Allroad, Volkswagen Passat Alltrack as well as Volvo V60 Cross Country.
First disclosed at the Munich motor show back in September, the high-riding exec wagon is intended to fill the marketplace specific niche that exists in between the recently introduced fifth-generation C-Class Estate and also the soon-to-be-renewed GLC SUV.
The new model has actually been developed along comparable lines to the larger E-Class All-Terrain that has actually gotten on sale in the UK because 2017. It gets an extra 40mm of flight height over the standard C-Class Estate and updated four-link (front) as well as five-link (back) suspension with revised guiding knuckles focused on giving better capacity on crushed rock, sand and also mud.
Unique designing touches signal this included off-road prowess, consisting of a new front bumper with a remodelled grille and also a central plastic kickplate, black cladding within the wheelhouses and a revised lower rear bumper with a faux-aluminium kickplate.
The choice of 17in to 19in alloy wheels get bespoke styles and also the conventional LED headlights obtain an off-road light that allows for extra-wide illumination at speeds of as much as 31mph.
The styling fine-tunes include a little 4mm to the length and 21mm to the size of the C-Class Estate, at 4755mm and also 1820mm respectively. All other measurements, consisting of the 2865mm wheelbase, continue to be unchanged.
So does the lots ability, which is placed at a small 490 litres underneath the freight blind, including 1510 litres when the 40:20:40-split folding rear bench is stowed. Comparative, the A4 Allroad, Passat Alltrack as well as V60 Cross Nation deal 495, 529 and 639 litres specifically.
Showing Mercedes’ modest sales expectations for the C-Class All-Terrain, simply 2 engines are being offered in left-hand-drive European markets, both currently readily available in the C-Class Estate.
The C200 examined here uses a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol that creates 201bhp as well as 221lb feet as well as is paired with an integrated starter-generator providing 20bhp and also 147lb ft. The C200d gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel that provides 197bhp and 324lb ft along with the very same 20bhp and 147lb ft of electrified improving potential.
Both powerplants are mated to a conventional nine-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox and also Mercedes’ 4Matic four-wheel drive system, which delivers up to 45% drive to the front wheels and also as much as 55% to the rear.
There are five driving settings (Eco, Comfort, Sporting Activity, Off-Road as well as Off-Road And Also), plus a drifting function offers engine-off energy healing on a routing throttle.
Mercedes claims for the C200 All-Terrain a 0-62mph time of 7.5 sec in Sporting activity mode (the same as that estimated for the rear-driven C200 Estate) and a full throttle of 144mph.
What’s it like?
There’s fairly urgent acceleration when you go searching for it, many thanks partially to the quick-acting gearbox, which kicks down without delay under a heavy right foot. However, the small engine needs to strive to get rid of the car’s 1720kg kerb weight. As a result, there’s a great deal of engine sound and a rather boomy exhaust on a loaded throttle during overtaking.
A lot more peaceful high qualities can be had at consistent travelling rates, where the more-than-adequate torque and tall gearbox ratios combine to provide substantially calmer as well as much more pleasing low-rev progress. The tall tailoring additionally assists supply the auto with affordable gas economy in Eco mode, taping an ordinary 41.5 mpg on the WLTP incorporated test cycle.
The C-Class All-Terrain displays comparable confidence-building dynamic high qualities as other Mk5 C-Class models. The steering is splendidly accurate, directing with accuracy as well as outstanding weighting while providing appropriate feel and responses. And the four-wheel drive system guarantees that grip and traction in on-road driving constantly remain strong.
Mercedes’ choice to craft the brand-new C-Class without air suspension like that supplied by its precursor indicates the All-Terrain counts on typical steel-sprung bases, like all of its rivals. Despite the additional ride height, spring traveling remains the same as the C-Class Estate, but the suspension features one-of-a-kind tuning aimed at providing greater comfort in both on- and off-road conditions.
The greater ground clearance contributes to a touch a lot more vertical as well as lateral body language, although this is obvious just on undulating and winding roadways, where you get some included pitch and also greater roll angles than with the typical C-Class Estate when pushing along in Sport setting.
The ride, at the same time, is perfectly regulated. The steel-sprung suspension (with optional adaptive dampers fitted to our examination cars and truck) fasts to resolve high-frequency bumps at reduced rates as well as provides superb isolation of shock over broken asphalts at high speeds comfortably setting.
It’s quite skilled off-road, also: the higher ground clearance and the 4Matic system operating in mix with the two devoted Off-Road modes to supply remarkable grip permit you to with confidence take on surface that would wouldn’t take into consideration in a rear-driven C-Class Estate.
This emerged on the off-road training course at Mercedes’ large Immendingen testing and development facility in Germany, where we experienced the C-Class All Terrain in the type of conditions that few possible owners are ever likely to find themselves in.
Both of the Off-Road modes include their own private adjusting of the electronic security control, which applies stopping force to restrict rotating wheels. Off-Road has actually been conceived for crushed rock and sand, while Off-Road And also, which also triggers downhill speed policy, is advised for steeper and also sloppy surface. Top speed in both of these settings is restricted to 68mph.
The interior, which mirrors that of other brand-new C-Class designs with electronic tools as well as a portrait-style infomercial touchscreen, sets brand-new standards of comfort, simplicity of procedure and regarded high quality in the course. As part of the Off-Road settings, there are new displays with information such as incline, decline and also guiding angle. Geographic co-ordinates and a compass are also displayed.
Holiday accommodation is excellent, otherwise excellent, owing partially to the transmission passage jeopardizing the main rear seat’s leg room. Boot capability is additionally rather normal, routing that of the primary competition.
Should I purchase one?
The C200 All-Terrain is an instead variety. Its mild-hybrid petroleum engine is effective sufficient to drive it along with a good turn of speed, however it does not have the kind of refinement in daily driving that you could anticipate of a car putting on the three-pointed celebrity. The dynamic qualities, on the other hand, are fairly enticing, providing all the precision and also control of Mercedes’ more conventional mid-range estate, while delivering an excellent degree of off-road ability also.
Throw in a fantastic inside with modern digital connectivity and you have a convincing option to the A4 Allroad, Passat Alltrack as well as V60 Cross Nation– albeit one that lacks the outright area of its competitors and, at EUR53,015 (₤ 44,623) in Germany, is much more expensive than the competitors.
None of this will matter to UK customers, however. Despite generating the new C-Class All Terrain in right-hand-drive semblance for other markets, Mercedes has decided not to offer it here, suggesting the C-Class Estate and also GLC provide an enough spread of versions to keep buyers delighted.