The Mercedes-Benz C200 could be a new benchmark
The latest Mercedes-Benz C Class was recently introduced to media and public alike after a bit of a wait. We however did not have to wait long to get our hands on one to see what it is like to drive. Mercedes-Benz has made available the C200 which came in the eye-catching AMG Line trim. This new sedan offers improved comfort, technology and safety, here is what you need to know.
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 latter being our favorite due to its sporty, yet elegant design. Both models are however eye-catching and the design of the C does follow that of the new S Class. It is however unmistakable C Class, which has always been a noticeable design element of the C 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. Overall the new C looks attractive on the outside but it is the interior that takes the cake, sort of.
The chassis however has been carried over from the previous-generation sedan, but Mercedes-Benz promises that nearly every part of the W206-generation C Class has been improved or altered. The newcomer does however feature a wheelbase that has been lengthened by 25mm to create additional passenger space, especially for those at the rear.
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 which has always been the way with the C Class.
The petrol C200 which we drove develops 150kW and 300Nm of torque from a potent 1.5-litre motor. The motor is also assisted with EQ Boost, this 48V electrical system is capable of adding 15kW and 200Nm to the outputs. This extra shove provides decent acceleration and not once were we lacking forward propulsion. The 9-speed auto is also effortless and provides seamless shifts.
Out on the road the new C provides a comfortable driving experience and this particular test unit benefits from the optional rear-steering which makes parking easy. It also adds to driving dynamics which when in Sport mode is engaging and potent.
The C Class remains an impressive sedan however with the rise of the SUV, is it still a viable option? We think it is however there is a new GLC on the horizon and if it is anything like this C Class on the inside then that will be the car to have.