Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

  November 27, 2014

Overview

The C-Class is the largest selling sedan of Mercedes worldwide which also holds record 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. To even widen this success story, Mercedes has launched the new gen C-Class which promises to be the best version of the C-Class that the world has ever seen till date. Know more about this sedan in detail here.


Powertrain & Performance

The new C-Class is only available with a 2.0L petrol unit as of now. This 4-cylinder engine replaces the 1.8L engine of the previous car and is the same unit which does duty in the E-Class. This 2.0L, 4-cylinder inline petrol engine churns out a peak power output of 181 bhp which can be achieved at 5000rpm. 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 engine is 300Nm which ranges between 1200rpm-1400rpm. As a result of instant torque burst, the new C-Class sprints from 0-100 kph in 7.3 seconds and comes with a claimed top speed of 235 kph. The new C-Class comes with an impressive ARAI mileage of 14.7 kpl which means you get something around 10-12 kpl in daily conditions.

This engine comes equipped with a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission giving you precise gear shifts resulting into quick acceleration and improved fuel efficiency. One can use this gearbox in five different modes namely Comfort, Economy, Sport, Sport+ and Individual settings. The engine behaves differently in different modes and delivers as per the requirement. It feels best in the Sport+ mode where throttle feels really sharp along with the steering which makes it a real enthusiastic car around corners. The suspension system is on the stiffer side which feels less comfortable on uneven surfaces but behaves with full confidence as you speed up. The advanced suspension system also makes this car quite stable around corners at high speeds by providing it good grip which results into less body roll.


Build & Styling

The C-Class has always received the best styling from Mercedes and shows the high level of resemblance with its elder siblings. The new C-Class is till now the closest resembling car to the S-Class especially when seen from the back. The sloping roofline, LED tail lights and coupe-type styling makes it a real visual gem. The day time running LEDs with bi-xenon headlights look extremely sporty with its twin layered front grille combined with a full size 3D shape Mercedes logo in the center. The sharp body lines, aggressive bumper and sporty 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 C-class are also quite luxurious meeting the high standards of Mercedes which seem to be inspired from its elder siblings. One touch Panoramic sunroof also enlightens the aura inside. The instrument cluster comes with an multi-functional color display consisting a premium navigation and audio 20 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 and etc. Apart from these, the new C-Class also gets six airbags, Pre-Safe and Neck Pro, adaptive brakes with ABS, drying function and hill start assist.


Verdict

The C-Class surely has been a successful car worldwide and now with the new gen styling and sportier performance, it feels even better than before. The new C-Class has been launched at INR 40.90lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is quite acceptable for the fact that you are getting a real premium luxury sedan which can be easily mistaken for the even premium sibling especially when seen from particular angles. Currently, it is a CBU product but soon company will start assembling the car here and that is when they are likely to launch the diesel version of the new C-Class which will bring real difference in the sales figures of this car in India.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Sporty
    • Premium interiors
    • Longer wheelbase than before
  • Cons

    • No diesel option so far