Mercedes-Benz C-Class

WHAT IS IT?
It’s the brand-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class– a hugely considerable vehicle for the three-pointed celebrity, not the very least because it’s marketed 2.5 countless them since the fourth-generation auto was presented in 2014.

So what’s new? Not the system– the new C sits on a greatly changed variation of the outward bound auto’s bases, however is physically bigger in every regard bar height. Substantially the brand-new C borrows much technology from the current-gen S-Class, consisting of the standard design and concept of its inside. The engines vary from mild-hybrid four-cylinders to a plug-in petroleum with a diesel heading.

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

WAIT, SO IT HAS THE SAME INTERIOR AS THE S-CLASS?
Yup, the basic style of the brand-new C’s dashboard is shown to Merc’s elegant flagship. The 11.9-inch portrait touchscreen, pinched directly from the S-Class and standard on all UK vehicles, is quite user-friendly as well as jam-packed with too many features to listing. Merc’s ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice assistant obtains cleverer with every generation (it’s not quite Alexa, but it’s close), and is the safest way of operating the system while you’re driving. Over-the-air updates mean the system should certainly get better as time passes, as well.

You would certainly expect a Mercedes to be comfy, and the new C does not let down. The seats and driving placement are spot-on as well as it’s extremely silent. Pity some of the indoor materials allow the feel down, which regardless of being usually larger than its precursor, the brand-new C isn’t extremely sizable about its competition. Much more on all that in the ‘Interior’ section.

HOW DOES IT HANDLE ITSELF?
We most just recently checked an AMG Line-spec C-Class, which, as conventional, includes sporting activities suspension and sits 15mm less than requirement. In this established it was experienced enough, plenty comfy most of the moment while also giving a hint of capacity when pushing on. It’s probably happier on freeways than it gets on any type of worse for wear B-roads– once in a while it really felt a little too hard, potentially due to the 19-inch alloy wheels ours was wearing. Pity, really, that the flexible dampers our European equivalents obtain aren’t readily available over here.

UK-spec cars and trucks likewise do not get rear-wheel steering, however we didn’t miss out on that way too much. It felt well-weighted in our hands, steering specifically as well as with confidence right into corners. Convenience is plainly prioritised, as is the Mercedes way, however that does not imply you can’t have a little fun, also. Complete information on the ‘Driving’ tab.

WHAT ENGINES TIN YOU OBTAIN?
From launch there’s a selection of 4– C200 and C300 petrols, and also C220d as well as C300d diesels. The C300 petroleum as well as both diesels have 2.0-litre engines, while the C200 makes do with a little 1.5. All are mild-hybrids, featuring a 48-volt battery and also incorporated starter/generator motor that recovers energy lost under stopping, using it to aid the engine at start up and when speeding up.

Customers currently likewise have the alternative of a gasoline plug-in crossbreed with an electric range of over 60 miles, while a diesel plug-in will join the line-up in 2022. Various other new Cs imminent include the AMG C63, which we already recognize will be an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid with north of 600bhp.

We have actually examined a number of C-Classes currently, consisting of the 201bhp C200 and C220d, in addition to the 261bhp C300d. The former is fine but seems a little bit reedy when you’re pushing on, while the last is arguably one of the finest 2.0-litre diesels you can acquire today. Fine-tuned and punchy– a terrific match for the brand-new C and also its standard-fit nine-speed automobile, otherwise as wonderful as BMW 330d’s straight-six.

JUST HOW MUCH DOES IT PRICE?
Prices begin with ₤ 38,785 OTR for the entry-level gas C200, making it extensively the like its competitors. As standard you obtain a wealth of technology, consisting of a high-resolution 11.9-inch main media present total with Merc’s most current generation MBUX media system, warmed pole positions as well as cordless mobile phone charging, a reversing video camera, and a massive range of driver assist systems.

From there on trim levels adhere to the typical Mercedes formula, with the sporty-looking AMG Line with a lot more kit setup you back an added ₤ 1,380. Premium designs begin with just reluctant of ₤ 43k, while Premium Plus, beginning with ₤ 46,700, includes 19-inch five-double-spoke alloy wheels, breathtaking gliding sunroof, head-up display screen and also Thermotronic four-zone automated climate control.

Want the total plan? The range-topping C 300 d AMG Line Costs And also will establish you back ₤ 52,125 …

WHAT’S THE DECISION?
” Widely comfortable, remarkably outfitted, and also assured to drive, the brand-new C-Class ticks a lot of boxes”
The new C-Class appears to strike a great balance in between the BMW 3 Collection’ dynamism and also Audi A4’s improvement and high quality, and there’s a whole lot to such as. It’s packed with S-Class-grade tech, trips as well as takes care of astutely, has a comfortable cabin and also the electrified 2.0-litre diesel motor is among the best around.

That stated the brakes are a little bit weird, it’s not particularly large relative to its competitors as well as parts of the control panel and indoor trim feel disappointingly low-cost. If you can look past all that, it’s an ensured option.