Slicker, smarter, cleaner & faster–all-New C-Class proves to be a pleasing shock.
With the all-important native launch delayed on the final minute following this newest lockdown fiasco, we had been pleasantly stunned when Mercedes unexpectedly delivered one in every of its all-new newest C-Class saloons for a fast analysis late final week. Recent within the flesh, it’s instantly obvious that this automobile has given patrons on this neck of the woods lots to consider.
Consolation & High quality Past its Pay Grade
First launched because the ‘Child Benz’ 190 again in ‘82, Mercedes has offered greater than 10 million C-Courses in over 100 markets around the globe. And if first impressions are something to go by, this new one actually has aced it. Graced with sharp newest E-Class appears and packing latest S-Class onboard tech together with excellent consolation and high quality nicely past its pay grade, it positive aspects improved mild-hybrid effectivity and efficiency too.
Not but out there within the US, this 220d is one in every of two launch fashions alongside the petrol C200 within the South African market. Anticipate a hybridized model of the C300 to land within the US shortly. Significantly bigger at 187 inches lengthy and measuring 71.6” vast, the brand new C rides on an inch-longer 112.8” wheelbase to learn rear passenger room. Design traces are decreased to a minimal, though that shoulder line is additional emphasised for a softly aggressive really feel. You’ll acknowledge that sharper taillight look has been nicked from siblings like CLA and CLS. Its elegant traces draw you inside, to the place the largest C-Class enhancements lurk.
Plush supplies cobbled collectively in a enterprise class match and end conspire to ship a greater than suitably premium cabin. Splendid supplies and plenty of seemingly floating elements take it to a brand new degree. Particularly in school. It’s mainly a junior S-Class limo inside, though that cleaner dashboard format with freestanding high-resolution jumbo 11.9-inch LCD infotainment display screen floating in entrance of the wing profile and trim, did divide opinion.
Jumbo Display Dazzles, Can Confuse
Some actually like having a big display screen TV rival on the sprint, others surprise why it’s vital and a few had been overawed by it. Managed by any of second era ‘Hey Mercedes’ MBUX voice activation, touching the display screen or the left stalk of the stylish new multifunction steering wheel, it actually does preserve Mercedes in entrance of the infotainment interface race. The driving force has multi-mode 12.3-inch digital instrumentation at his entry, That each one run by the precise steering stalk.
The cabin could be individualized in Discreet, Sporty and Traditional show types and in addition and in addition by three Navigation, Help and Service modes. Driver and entrance passenger area is sweet and there’s extra head and knee room within the again too. 4 adults will journey comfortable within the new C. A fifth passenger within the again needs to be blissful on a shorter drive. The 16 cubic foot boot might fall in need of some rivals, but it surely’s sensible sufficient for many wants.
This 201 HP and 324 lb.-ft Mercedes-Benz Household of Modular Engines C220d now advantages a 20 HP 147 lb.-ft hybrid electrical enhance. You discover it whenever you fireplace it up. There’s no extra stater motor, it simply burbles to life. Snick it to drive, draw back and this delicate hybrid mannequin is extremely clean drive, torquey and easy shift as much as increased motorway speeds. It stays quiet and composed sufficient beneath more durable acceleration to elicit magic carpet feedback.
C-Class Does Exactly What Benz Guarantees
Driving the rear axle by way of Merc’s 9G-Tronic ‘field, our tester virtually precisely matched Merc’s 7.2-second 0-60 mph claims. We additionally readily managed Benz’s 51 mpg. 5 particular person driving modes embody Consolation, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Particular person. We fiddled a bit however went proper again to the softer Consolation setting for on a regular basis driving.
Sport and Sport+ do carry sharper steering and throttle responses and firmer suspension. Sufficient to noticeably enhance the C-Class’s dynamic efficiency, though it received’t readily bother a BMW 3 Sequence for driving enjoyable. We discovered the brakes to lack really feel and even appear a bit smooth when first tramping on them. Sufficient to make us pump them every so often for confidence. And the steering might be extra communicative. Even in Sport Plus…
The brand new automobile’s suspension enhancements nonetheless ship unprecedented ranges of trip and noise consolation, whereas nonetheless being agile and enjoyable sufficient to drive. Mercedes is aware of its market nicely sufficient to meddle with that. However C does additionally come the choice of a repeatedly adjustably damping sport suspension. Ought to your private wan demand a extra flamboyant driving response.
Has All of the Nannies. If You Need Them
The brand new C-Class collection additionally provides the most recent Driving Help Bundle with a number of further features. A few of which might change into a bit of overbearing. Facets just like the meddling lane help could be overridden individually, and even your entire system switched off by way of MBUX if it turns into a bit an excessive amount of. As long as the automobile is parked whenever you try this.
Manufactured by Mercedes-Benz in Bremen in Germany, Beijing China and at East London in South Africa, the place ours was made. The C-Class continues to be a ‘huge success story’ for the South African business and economic system. The state-of-the-art East London plant benefited a billion-dollar growth and growth and can be CO₂ impartial from January 2022.
So, all in all, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class guarantees to be a win-win-win success. It takes it to the likes of its conventional BMW 3 Sequence and Audi A4 rivals. And the type set from the Alfa Romeo Giulia to Jaguar XE. And it’ll additionally carry an total contact of sophistication that few of these rivals can match.
ROAD TEST: Mercedes-Benz C220d Engine: 201 HP 324 lb.-ft 2-liter turbodiesel I4 Drive: 9-speed automated RWD TESTED: 0-40 mph 3.10 sec 0-60 mph: 7.19 sec 0-75 mph: 9.71 sec 0-100 mph: 18.98 sec 400m: 1 5.1 sec @ 115 km/h 50-75 mph: 4.64 sec 75-100 mph: 8.13 sec CLAIMED: VMax: 150 mph Gas: 51 mpg
Photos: Giordano Lupni