Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

By Divya   |  October 29, 2013

Overview

The C-Class from Mercedes-Benz, which comes out with a creamy price bracket, has been a benchmark in the entry-level luxury sedan segment. German car manufacturer DaimlerChrysler has completely overhauled the Mercedes-Benz C-Class with classy design and shape to gain a commanding position in the luxury sedan segment in India.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is available in petrol and diesel variants, received a fresh lease of life with updated and refreshed high-quality interiors and a distinctively styled exterior. It is available in four variants - C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, powerful C63 AMG, and C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY.

The C-Class comes with refined styling and characterises everything that's vintage Benz. It epitomises it all - a distinctive aura of class, luxury and mystery. The new C-Class sedan gives buyers plenty of standard features. As for the engine, it gets what it deserves - a supercharged straight-four petrol engine and a common rail diesel engine. Overseas it receives V6 engines. The AMG variant is powered by a larger V8 engine. The sedan is packed with plenty of technology to woo its lovers. The C–Class has the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series as its competitors.


Powertrain & Performance

The C?Class has three engines: 2.0L diesel engine and a 2.2L diesel engine with high?pressure Common Rail Diesel Injection (CRDi) and a 6.2L V8 petrol. All the engines are powerful for payload. The C 220 CDI diesel variant and the C 250 CDI variant are powered by a potent 2.2L diesel engine that produces 170 bhp @ 3800 rpm and a torque of 410 Nm @ 2000 rpm.

The high pressure CRD assembly pumps out enough power for an extra kick to push past other cars on highways. The C220 can sprint from 0-100 km/h in about 9.32 seconds. The C63 AMG petrol variant is powered by a powerful 6.2L V8 engine that generates an awesome 457 bhp @ 6800 rpm and peak torque of 600 Nm @ 5000 rpm. The C63 AMG can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

A 7G-Tronic transmission comes as standard on C 220 CDI models. It's capable of adapting to individual driving styles. A faster shifting 5-speed automatic transmission with touch shift comes with the C 250 CDI and C 200 models. The 6.2L engine is coupled to a 7G-Tronic AMG Speedshift automatic transmission. The direct controlled suspension is tuned to be slightly stiffer to suit Indian highways. It could have been slightly softer for low speed driving. The C-Class responds to inputs like a sports car. The steering with safety steering column is very well weighted and accurate, and the car is perfectly stable at high speeds.


Build & Styling

The car looks the same as the older C-Class with no dramatic changes, except for some minor ones in the interiors as well as exteriors. Its exterior contours have the same drape as the larger E-Class and S-Class cars, but along more compact and aerodynamically sleeker lines. The C-Class sedan is slightly narrower than the BMW, making for better access to tight corners and easier parking. The 7-twin-spoke alloy wheels accentuate the elegance of the sedan, and the 17-inch 5-twin-spoke light alloy wheels add more class and dynamics to the car.

The interiors of the sedan are very conservative and elitist. Upgraded levels of luxury include new gauges, controls and comfortable seats. There is ample cargo space for a car of its size. The standard features include front and rear armrest with cup holder, THERMATIC automatic climate control system with dust filter and air re-circulation, trip computer in multi-function display, cruise control with "SPEEDTRONIC" variable speed limiter, front seats with power height and backrest adjustment, heated mirrors, Brake Assist System and Electronic Stability Program to name a few. The exterior is adorned by clear-lens projector-beam headlamps, clear-lens front halogen fog lamps, heated windscreen washer nozzles and heated rear windscreen. The new C-Class comes standard with power windows with one-touch control, obstruction sensor, power tilt-and-sliding tinted-glass sunroof with one touch open/close function, Bluetooth interface with hands-free function. Audio system includes a 20-CD radio with MP3-compatible CD player, and a 6 CD changer.

The car is packed with top-notch safety features including front row airbags and side airbags, window bags for all occupants, height adjustable belt with pretensioners, child-proofing for doors, automatic child seat recognition, side impact protection, Anti-lock Braking System and automatic-locking doors with emergency opening.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Seamless transmission
    • Refreshed upscale interiors
    • Potent engine
  • Cons

    • Suspension can be softer for low speed