Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

By Nitesh Sharma   |  July 21, 2014

Overview

The C-Class is the largest selling sedan of Mercedes-Benz worldwide and it holds the highest number of buyers in India as well. Till now, the C-class has been the most affordable sedan of Mercedes in India competing with segment rivals such as BMW 3-series and Audi A4. Celebrating their success in India, Merc launched the grand edition of C-Class here which has gained quite a lot of popularity. Let's find out more about this sedan in detail.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review


Mercedes-Benz C-Class Performance Review

Powertrain & Performance

The C-Class is powered by two different engines; one each of petrol and diesel. The C200, petrol version of C-Class gets power via 1.8L, 4-cylinder inline petrol engine which churns out a peak power output of 186bhp which can be achieved at 5600rpm. This petrol engine is served with BlueEFFICIENCY technology which makes it less fuel thirsty and contributes to improved fuel efficiency. The maximum torque output of this DOHC engine is of 285 Nm which arrives at 4000rpm. The C200 comes with an impressive ARAI mileage of around 11 kpl which means you get something around 8-9 kpl in daily conditions. The second engine powering the C-class is also a 4-cylinder, DOHC diesel engine. The C220 CDI runs on 2143 cc engine which is capable of generating a maximum power of 170 bhp at 4200 rpm. The maximum torque figure of 400 Nm ranges between 1400-2800rpm. In city conditions, expect this engine to deliver a fuel economy of 10-12 kpl which may increase on highways as it has an ARAI mileage of around 14.83 kpl. Both the petrol and diesel engines are mated with the 7G Tronic Plus automatic transmission giving you precise gear shifts resulting in quick acceleration and improved fuel efficiency. The C-Class comes standard with Agility Control suspension with selective damping that adjusts dampers as per different road situations and gives you maximum comfort inside the car. This advanced suspension system also makes this car quite confident around corners at high speeds by providing it good grip which results in less body roll.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Build, Styling Review

Build & Styling

The C-Class has always received good styling from Mercedes and shows a high level of resemblance to its elder siblings. The AMG styling gives new dimensions to its design. The daytime running LEDs with bi-xenon headlights look extremely sporty with its three layered front grille combined with a full size 3D Mercedes-Benz logo in the centre. The sharp body lines, aggressive bumpers and sporty 17 inch alloy wheels add to the dynamic character of this car. The added fins at its front and rear end also give it a sporty appearance. The interiors of the C-class are also quite luxurious meeting the high standards of Mercedes which seem to be inspired from the larger Mercs. A one touch panoramic sunroof also brightens the aura inside. The instrument cluster comes with an 11.4 inch multi-functional color display consisting a premium navigation and audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls. The car also gets electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, cruise control, Attention Assist, Brake Assist System, Acceleration Skid Control, ESP, Crash responsive pedals, etc. Apart from these, the C-Class also gets six airbags, PRE-SAFE and Neck Pro, Adaptive Brakes with ABS, drying function and Hill start Assist.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Build, Styling Review

Verdict

The C-Class surely has been a successful car worldwide but now it requires some changes and Mercedes sure knows it. That's why they are all ready with the new gen C-Class which is likely to reach our market later this year. In the near future, the new C-Class should be received very well in our market.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros


    Comfortable. Fuel efficiency. Styling.
  • Cons


    Smaller than its rivals.