Mercedes wanted to do one thing to maintain its C-Class
So Mercedes wanted to do one thing to maintain its C-Class – its biggest-selling automobile – on the prime of its sport.
The German agency says that is the largest mannequin replace within the automobile’s historical past, with 6,500 components being modified.
Not that you would be able to inform from the surface, with solely the keenest of Mercedes fans having the ability to spot the brand new LED headlights on the upper trim ranges.
Aside from that, the adjustments are all below the floor within the type of new engines and, extra fascinating than it sounds, a brand new “digital structure” that matches the S-Class luxurious saloon for complexity – which implies the C-Class can indulge itself within the newest high-tech driver help programs.
It’s stunning that Mercedes has chosen to take action little to the C-Class from a visible viewpoint.
It’s a sensible sufficient design, however there’s nothing that marks out outdated from new.
The brand new engine vary contains two turbo-diesel and three turbo-petrol engines.
The entry-level diesel, the 158bhp 1.6-litre badged C200d, is the one mannequin that comes with a six-speed automated gearbox as the remainder of the vary will get a nine-speed auto.
That features the 191bhp C220d diesel with a 2.Zero-litre engine and the 195bhp 2.Zero-litre petrol within the C200. Each are available rear or four-wheel drive, and with a 254bhp Three.Zero-litre petrol mannequin, whereas there’s additionally a 385bhp C43 AMG mannequin on its method.
Probably the most environment friendly model is the C200d, beginning at 108g/km and 64.3mpg, whereas the C200 petrol will get as little as 136g/km or 44.1mpg.
Mercedes claims gasoline effectivity is improved by round 10 per cent over the outgoing automobile.
The C200 petrol engine is fitted out with delicate hybrid know-how, which implies there’s a 40kW battery along with the two.Zero-litre petrol engine, serving to efficiency and financial system.
That’s very true within the Eco setting, the place the automobile will shut the engine down and run on battery solely on downhill stretches to extend financial system.
That’s the excellent news. The much less excellent news is that the all-new engine doesn’t really feel prefer it’s obtained wherever close to the ability that it claims on paper.
It’s lacklustre, and when labored arduous makes extra noise than the ahead movement justifies.
The brand new C Class will price from £32,920 to purchase
It’s not helped by the nine-speed automated gearbox that has a behavior of holding on to gears longer than is strictly crucial.
The general driving expertise isn’t the refined one C-Class is perhaps anticipated to supply.
Higher are the diesels, although they’re nonetheless hampered by the marginally slowwitted gearbox, however the refinement and energy supply are extra spectacular.
The trip high quality can also be fairly good too, particularly on the adaptive suspension that’s now customary on the Sport and AMG-Line trim ranges and helps to keep away from the slight crash and wobble the common SE mannequin suffers over extra extreme bumps.
Inside is the place the variations are extra pronounced, in comparison with the just about unchanged exterior.
The 10in central display nonetheless seems to be like any person has glued a pill to the dashboard, somewhat than the extra built-in approaches of rivals, however there’s a brand new steering wheel which has a raft of buttons inbuilt, although it’s not straightforward to see which button does what.
The inside of the newest era C Class
The pads to regulate the 2 shows are progressive, and having the ability to management the principle central display from the wheel is particularly novel and intelligent, but it surely does add one other dimension to focus on when driving.
The extent of know-how within the C-Class is spectacular, particularly relating to security package, although a lot of it’s an non-compulsory additional within the £1,695 Driving Help bundle.
Intelligent tech together with Lively Blind Spot Help, Lively Lane Maintaining Help that may change lanes with “minimal” driver enter, Cease&Go Pilot, Presafe Brake with pedestrian detection and Brake Help Plus are among the many programs included, in addition to a cruise management system that can routinely carry the velocity down for bends, junctions or roundabouts.
It’s only a disgrace so little of it comes as customary – solely the collision prevention system is fitted to all automobiles with out stumping up extra money.
And cash is a crucial element for this revised C-Class, as a result of Mercedes has taken the prospect to place costs up considerably.
For the entry SE trim, the determine is £2,500, and the remainder of the vary is up by £2,155.
Which is loads, and places the automobile properly away from like-for-like Audi A4, BMW Three-Collection or Jaguar XE rivals.
The C-Class is mildly up to date and nonetheless very competent, however to not the extent the place it could actually match the class-leading Audi A4 for refinement or all-round high quality, and the brand new BMW Three-Collection may pose additional issues for the Mercedes later this 12 months.
Worth vary: £32,920-£49,675
Engines: Turbo-petrol – 1.5, 2.Zero, Three.Zero-litre; Turbo-diesel – 1.6-litre, 2.Zero-litre
Energy: Zero to 60mph in four.7 seconds, 155mph restricted prime velocity (Three.Zero)
Common gasoline financial system: 65.7mpg (1.6TD)
CO2 emissions vary: 108-213g/km
Rivals: Audi A4, Jaguar XE, Lexus IS, BMW Three-Collection