Range-topping diesel C-Class is driven on UK roads for the first time. Is it still the compact exec best suited to long-distance driving?
What is it?
All of us know it, and yet there is still something mildly grating regarding a C300d not having a creamy 3.0-litre engine.
In fairness, cars and truck makers have actually now found out how to make an engine of almost any kind of arrangement really feel as fine-tuned as it requires to, even though BMW still fits a straight-six diesel to the 330d. Instead, one of the most powerful diesel C-Class comes with a 261bhp twin-turbo 2.0-litre, aided by a 48V mild-hybrid system.
With the whole C-Class variety now being four-cylinder just, it’s nearly as though what powers it is incidental, and features like the revamped MBUX multimedia system are of higher importance in a new version. Whatever the instance may be, the standard aspects such as the engine and also suspension practices still require to stack up.
This C300d was additionally our first chance to sample a right-hand-drive instance of the new C-Class in near UK specification. Although our examination vehicle was still a mix of AMG Line Costs and AMG Line Premium And Also, it was depictive in that all C300d’s in the UK come as some variation of AMG Line, including its sporting activities suspension as well as 18in or 19in wheels. And that’s not necessarily a good thing.
What’s it like?
The natural order of things is that a BMW 3 Series is firm but engaging to drive, while a C-Class trades some intensity for utmost improvement. The reality is that the big wheels crash via surface area flaws which the body never rather settles down over a bumpy roadway, either, reactively complying with the surface instead of smoothing it out for its passengers.
On previous generations, air suspension was an option, however UK cars currently all begun the confusingly named ‘Selective Damping System’. They are not flexible dampers with various selectable settings, however easy dampers that supposedly react in different ways to high- and also low-frequency inputs. Real adaptive dampers are provided in other nations, so Mercedes UK must actually reconsider, since the C-Class needs them.
The C-Class steers nicely sufficient, with reassuring heft, precision as well as turn-in, yet if you want a motorist’s cars and truck, there are still far better options offered, due to the fact that it’s a little as well stodgy to call it fun.
A minimum of Mercedes hasn’t failed to remember how to make engines and gearboxes. With 261bhp and 406lb ft, it’s greater than quick sufficient in all circumstances. It has a relatively regular improved four-cylinder diesel sound, although if we’re quibbling, there are quieter systems around. It functions flawlessly with both the nine-speed automated and also the mild-hybrid system, which allows the engine closed down when cruising to a stop.
Yet what it’s all about with the new C-Class is the interior, which is fabulously luxurious for this sector. The layout, haptics and convenience are all excellent. We constantly prefer some switches over concealing all features in the touchscreen, however if you’re going to go all-screen, this is the way to do it. It still won’t be for every person, since a few of the motions on the touch-sensitive steering wheel buttons take a little obtaining used to, and also there are a lot of settings to customize it to your choices.
However, whatever is responsive, clear and sensible, as well as there are a lot of cool functions. It is among the extra instinctive touchscreens because any kind of function you might require on the move is never greater than two faucets away.
Should I acquire one?
Mercedes UK’s approach of making AMG Line, sports suspension as well as big wheels standard fit isn’t restricted to the C300d. It coincides on the majority of versions, which suggests that Mercedes customers in 2021 don’t really appreciate trip high quality. If that’s you, after that it might suffice that the C300d is well made, state-of-the-art, fast and also contemporary.
For the remainder of us, the C220d is offered in an extra spine-friendly requirements and also, with 197bhp, will certainly still be plenty fast sufficient. At ₤ 40,785, a 220 will save you ₤ 5140 compared to a base 300 and also is likely to supply a much more standard Benz experience, even if even more power is always enticing.