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Class Review The Mercedes C Class has been a leading contender in the compact executive car market for years but the competition for sales in this fleet orientated segment has never been fiercer.
The latest C Class looks good and offers a high class interior that can be turned into a technological showcase by dipping into the vast list of add on packs and optional extras. The car looks good too, in a classily understated way. Best executive cars to buy nowThe flaws that second hand louis vuitton briefcase there are in the C Class driving experience are highlighted by the all round excellence of the Mercedes AMG C 63 performance flagship. The long serving 2.1 litre diesel is punchy but unrefined compared to the newer 2.0 litre engine in the E Class, but at least the ride quality is good if you steer clear of the larger wheel sizes. Models with the air suspension perform well on the motorway but get fidgety over smaller bumps.Mercedes offers lots of equipment to lure in buyers, so spec for spec the C Class is actually better value than ever before. Running costs are strong too louis vuitton bags japan with Mercedes claiming an average 20 per cent efficiency improvement across the range at launch in 2014. Hybrid models offering tempting tax advantages, too.The Mercedes C Class is a strong package. If your priorities are comfort, equipment and running costs, though, the C Class won't disappoint.The C Class is Mercedes' offering in the crowded compact executive sector, with competitors like the BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE, Audi A4 and Lexus IS all vying for sales. Competition is twofold as well, with more mainstream marques making their mark in the form of top spec Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passatand Skoda Superbvariants.On introduction in 1993, the C Class represented the entry point to the Mercedes range, but nowadays the A Classhas pushed the C Class upmarket. The current model was launched in 2014, and is the fourth generation so far.There are three body styles for the Mercedes C Class: the saloon, the estateand a two door coupe. Trim lines are, on the face of it, simple to understand, as they run from SE to Sport and AMG Line, but three equipment bundles Executive, Premium and Premium Plus complicate things somewhat. The Executive pack is only available as an upgrade to the SE, while the latter two packs are for the Sport and AMG Line models. The more powerful AMG C 43 and C 63version get their own comprehensive equipment list.The Coupe gets it own range of equipment; there are two trim levels Sport and AMG Line while AMG versions mirror that of the saloon and Estate.The majority of C Class models are diesels, using either the 1.6 litre single turbo four cylinder unit in the C 200d or the venerable 2.1 litre twin turbo four, which makes either 168bhp/400Nm in the C 220d or 201bhp/500Nm in the C 250d. The higher power 2.1 can also be supplemented by a 27bhp/250Nm electric motor in the C 300h model, a mild hybrid, but there's a C 350e plug in hybrid too with an 81bhp/340Nm electric motor backing up a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol with 208bhp/350Nm. That 2.0 petrol engine is the same unit found in the cheapest C Class you can buy, the 181bhp/300Nm C 200.Finally, at the top of the range sit the awesome AMG models. The half fat AMG C 43 gets a 362bhp 3.0 litre bi turbo V6 and comes fitted with Merc's excellent 4MATIC all wheel drive system. It's seriously quicky but can't match the rear wheel drive C 63, which can also be had as a 503bhp S louis vuitton purses 2012 collection model.Mercedes has recently simplified its badging range wide, so the old BlueTEC, CDI and Hybrid badges are gone. These have been replaced by 'd' badges on diesels and 'h' on hybrids, while four wheel drive equipped cars get a 4MATIC designation on the bootlid. AMGs get sportier styling and bigger wheels.The C 200, C 200d and C 220d all come with a six speed manual gearbox as standard, with the nine speed automatic available as an option. The auto is standard on all other models in the range, bar the AMG versions, which get the MCT Speedshift seven speed dual clutch. Visit our sister site BuyaCar for the latest new and used Mercedes C Class dealsThis C Class was the first car to be built using Mercedes' new rear wheel drive architecture (called MRA). This employs around 50 per cent aluminium in its construction up from 10 per cent before and cuts 70kg from the body. Other weight savings mean the new C Class weighs around 100kg less than its predecessor, which helps improve the driving experience and efficiency.The standard suspension offers a comfortable ride if you stick to 17 inch wheels or smaller. The 895 Airmatic Agility package adds air suspension, adaptive dampers and an Agility Select function that allows you to choose from Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ driving modes. On smooth roads, any C Class with this floats over bumps, yet potholes, broken tarmac and motorway expansion joints send a crash through the otherwise undisturbed comfort in the cabin.The steering is quick and direct, but it's inconsistently weighted and gives little feedback. Selecting Sport+ mode sharpens the throttle, adds weight to the steering and stiffens the dampers, but the Mercedes' front tyres start to lose grip more easily than we'd like. Plus, the firm suspension causes the car to skitter uncomfortably over mid corner bumps.However, it's not all bad news for keen drivers, because Mercedes' tuning arm AMG has come to the rescue. First up is the half fat four wheel drive V6 powered C 43. It can't match the fire power of its more potent C 63 sibling, but it's not short on grunt. It's easier to drive, too, thanks to its superior traction.The C 63 is the true drivers' car though. AMG has worked hard on the suspension and steering, to deliver the sort of composure and engagement that drivers of the standard C Class can only dream of. The 1.6 litre diesel in the C 200d is a smooth enough unit louis vuitton agenda einlagen 2014 and quieter than the bigger biturbo diesel, but it doesn't dip below 100g/km CO2 in any format and is in broadly the same VED bands as the 2.1.The big selling engine is the 2.1 litre diesel in the C 220d and C 250d cars, which provides plenty of power and competitive fuel economy figures. However, it's carried over from the previous generation car, and remains pretty gruff and noisy.The C Class' upmarket atmosphere is spoiled when you start it up and that ageing Mercedes diesel rattles into life. The 2.1 litre engine doesn't settle down on the move, either it sounds strained when extended and drones on the motorway.The seven speed auto gearbox is unresponsive to throttle inputs and often holds gears too long before shifting up. And while there are steering wheel paddles, there's no option to lock the box in manual mode, so it frequently kicks down when you'd rather it didn't.There's nothing wrong with the 2.0 litre petrol engine per se, but it's the hybrids that offer the stronger performance on paper. The electrified models are at least 120kg heavier than any other non AMG C Class, but the C 350e saloon dips below 6.0 seconds for the 0 62mph sprint and the C 300h isn't far behind, at 6.4 seconds.
On the road, the C 350e is as about as easy to use as a hybrid can be. You control the systems with a small switch at the rear of the COMAND dial in the centre console. Each press cycles through to another of the four different modes of operation: Hybrid for a mix of electric and petrol power, E mode to drive on pure electricity, E save to preserve the level of charge in anticipation of some EV driving later in your journey, and Charge, which force the engine to work slightly harder and top up the battery.
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