Mercedes Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz, the German automaker giant believes in one philosophy more than anything else, and that is evolving its arsenal on a regular basis and the modern day template for the C- Class, the flagship Mercedes (Efficient, Dynamic and “Affordable”) has already set a new benchmark in the mid-entry level luxury segment. The compact saloons were first introduced by the company in early 50s and since then the Mercedes-Benz has set a benchmark for other companies. The dynamic exterior body, graceful interiors and exceptional power within the engine makes it a unique combination of elegance and superior performance. The above stated features have made C-Class a top performer of the company and the same promising experience is now offered by the C Class to the customers of Indonesia. The sharp looks and masculine body is the result of running LEDs with Bi-Xenon headlights which look contemporary on the sporty front. In order to keep the sportiness intact the new C Class features a completely redesigned rear that comprises dynamic lines following the entire car and rear lights with LED technology in all the variants. 2.0-litre 4 cylinder engine in C 200 delivers the maximum power output measuring 135 kW at 5500 rpm alongside a maximum torque of 300 Nm between 1200 to 4000 rpm. Whereas, C 250 delivers maximum power of 155 kW at 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 350 Nm between 1200 to 4000rpm. The exclusive features of the car include Mercedes-Benz MB Radio with different applications and touch pad control along with countless standard features to enhance the overall comfort experience of the occupants within the car. The safety features of the car are designed in an effective manner to ensure that no nail is left loose. These features include like Anti- Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution System (EBD), Hill Start Assist, Adaptive Braking, Air Bags for all the occupants, active parking assist, reversing camera, and attention assist.
Mileage And Fuel Economy
Despite being a drive developed to inflict luxury and comfort more than efficiency and variable cost reduction, still Mercedes Benz C Class does not fail its loyal customer base in any aspect whatsoever. One can gain a fuel economy worth 5.7 l/100 km to 5.3 l/100 km through all the variants of Mercedes Benz C Class.
The Mercedes-Benz C Class has a touch of family sedan but the two engine variants under the hood are powerful enough to meet the thrilling desires of the individuals. 2.0-litre 4 cylinder engine in C 200 will deliver the maximum power of 135 kW at 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 300 Nm between 1200 to 4000 rpm. Whereas, C 250 will deliver maximum power of 155 kW at 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 350 Nm between 1200 to 4000 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
The sporty looks are well catered by the performance the engine delivers to an individual and one can experience 0 to 100 kmph mark in a time span of 7.5 seconds (C 200). The top speed for C 200 measures 237 kmph. Whereas, one can clock 0 to 100 kmph mark in just 6.6 seconds with Mercedes Benz C250 alongside a top speed clocking 250 kmph.
The new C Class clearly represents a resolute expression of the current Mercedes-Benz style in S–Class. The C Class has always shared the aesthetic links with large saloons and the current version has grown appreciably due to the organic styling that gives a distinct identity to it from the predecessor. The concave surfaces, varied interplay lines, sharp edges all together creates vibrant and effective contrasts across the whole body. The unique blend, elegant appearance, sensuality and sportiness in ideal proportion highlights the chrome elements in a significant manner and gives the C Class an indisputable style. Different styles occur in same Class and this is the competent style statement of the car. The classic 3D radiator grille possess sporty design with company's insignia in front that is further accompanied with headlamp contours to present the self assured classic face of the new C-Class. The broad effect of the car is due to the distinctive shoulders that flow into a simple and neat rear section and further leads to a charismatic sporty styling credentials into C Class Saloon.
The C- Class saloon holds significant dimensions to portray its dominance on the road and the overall dimensions of the car measures 4686mm X 1810mm X 1442mm (L X W X H) and the wheelbase measures 2840 mm that further adds to the cabin space for the occupants.
Each detail has gained special attention by the designers of Mercedes-Benz as you will find high quality finish throughout the interior, ingenious solutions to increase the use of various operations embedded in for the comfort of the occupants. The variety of colors and different finishes are available for the customers to choose according to their taste and requirement and no matter whatever be the choice is, one will get a fine class wrapped with perfect ergonomics. The sports chrome accents in the flowing lines spread their touch to the center console and gives the C Class a complete new approach. The digital air conditioning system, discreet LED lighting in foot wells and door handles all together makes a pleasant, cozy and peaceful ambiance within the C- Class.
It seems that Mercedes has over spent its rivals on absolutely everything in the interiors as the material quality and standard of finish is breathtakingly good. Considering the technology and configuration of the cabin, it is conventional, familiar and deeply reassuring. The seats are extremely comfortable, driving position is sound, and the instrument panel is wide, and easily readable. The storage space is discretely and securely provided in lidded compartments giving enough room for belongings. The conventional rotary controller is replaced with touch pad mouse that is intuitive and effective in controlling various operations through big 6.7-inch LCD screen located in the center.
The inside space is not compromised in any manner and the significant wheelbase of the car gives ample leg room, head room, and shoulder room to the occupants for a comfortable and smooth journey. The boot space measures 475-litres and is sufficient enough for carrying appropriate luggage.
Engine and Performance
The C–Class is offered with two engine variants in Indonesian market and each engine is powerful enough to enthrust adrenaline in the veins of the occupants. C 200 comes equipped with 2.0-litre 4 cylinder engine that is further coupled with 6–speed manual transmission (7G – TRONIC PLUS) that churns out the maximum power of 135 kW at 5500 rpm and maximum torque measures 300 Nm between 1200 to 4000 rpm. Whereas, the C 250 is also equipped with 2.0-Litre 4 cylinder engine coupled with 6-speed manual transmission but, the maximum power turn outs to be 155 kW at 5500 rpm and maximum torque measures as 350 Nm between 1200 to 4000 rpm.
Stereo And Accessories
Entertainment needs are catered in exceptionally well manner and the intuitive operations for managing navigation system and music system further improves user experience. The music system runs the standard MP3, WMA, WAV and AAC files that is further coupled with Mercedes-Benz apps “MB – Radio” and “Country Information” that can be used with the help of Bluetooth Connectivity. The touch pad in the center plays the role of controlling unit and act as an interface for operating the 6.7 inches screen located in the center. The music system is further compatible with AUX and USB further adding to the entertainment features of the car.
The two engine variants of the C–Class come equipped with 16 inches alloy wheels and tyre size measuring 205/60 R16 that further improves the driving experience of the car.
Braking And Handling
The C Class offers effective braking system along with smooth handling on high speeds and stringent tracks. This is a result of adaptive braking system equipped in the car that consists of ventilated disc brakes in front and solid discs in rear. The brakes are further accompanied with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake- Force Distribution System (EBD), and Brake Assist (BA) to keep the braking system intact and effective during extreme conditions. The suspension system that includes coil spring, single tube gas pressure with SDD that works dedicatedly to enhance the handling of the car in an effective manner.
Safety And Security
Mercedes-Benz has a proven track record of providing technically advanced safety features in its vehicles and this is a result of the passenger safety cell that was established by the company in late 50s. The critical situations are acknowledged in an effective manner by the 12 ultrasonic sensors equipped in the car and the proactive measures installed in the car ensures complete security of the occupants. The array of safety features include crash optimized pedals, reversing cameras, air bag system (front, side and curtain), immobilizer, and attention assist that all together makes C- Class a safe and secure car to drive.
- Luxurious Interiors
- Advanced Safety Features
- Improved Performance
- Not the best car in the segment while cornering
- Sporty Design over space
- Lack of bigger engines