There and back again in the Mercedes C220d
The latest C Class now features the same design language as seen on other ‘Benz products. We particularly like the front design which on the Avantgarde model is a little less sporty than on the AMG Line. The C Class remains eye-catching and the design of the C does follow that of the new S Class. The car’s feature LED headlights with a new digital headlight option. This is more advanced than the LED units and provides further reaching visual benefits. The rear has also been enhanced with LED tailights.
The interior of the new C Class has also been drastically enhanced which left us impressed from a visual standpoint. One of the most eye-catching elements is undoubtedly the new, large infotainment screen which is slightly angled for ease of use. It features the 2nd-generation MBUX software which is standard across the range and measures in at 30.2cm diagonally. The display offers clear and high-res graphics and the system performs functions quickly. It features the latest in smartphone connectivity which is wireless.
Unfortunately the car only has USB Type C ports but there is a wireless charge tray which is a great feature. There is also an all-digital instrument cluster, new steering wheel and a new facia design. Visually, the interior is on another level compared to its competitors due to its technology and use of space.
Seen here is the C220d which develops 147kW and 440Nm of torque from its diesel fueled power plant. It also features a 48V electrical system that operates an electric motor capable of adding 15kW and 200Nm to the outputs. This extra shove provides decent acceleration and not once was I lacking forward propulsion.
One of the biggest highlights about this car is its fuel consumption. We saw figures of as low as 4.7l/100km. With a claimed range of over 1200km which we can believe as we achieved a figure very similar - the C220d offers some of the best consumption that we have ever experienced in a luxury sedan such as this.
A trip to Durban was on the cards. How does this locally built C Class handle the long, open road? Bottom-line, it is exceptional. The semi-autonomous driver aids make light work of any long trip. The suspension is incredibly compliant and the ride is smooth and relaxing. The Merc goes about its business effortlessly and the consumption is, as mentioned, impeccable.
While on the N3 we were wondering why there is such a massive push towards EV vehicles when Mercedes-Benz has proven just how brilliant a diesel can be. With mild-hybrid technology the C220d is one of our favourite vehicles of 2022. It is visually appaling, the cabin is full of tech, the ride is great and the power and efficiency are uncontested in the segment.
We do hope that the all-new GLC220d feature this drivetrain, we will have to find out in 2023.