The C-Class is undoubtedly an important model in the Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicle line-up, it accounts for one in every five Mercedes-Benz cars sold in Ireland. With the recent introduction of a competent all-new C-Class we would envisage these sales to increase.
This new variant has a sleek exterior to rival its key competitors, including the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Lexus IS. With three distinct trims available you can choose from an Exclusive model with the traditional bonnet-mounted star, the Avantgarde with the star inset into the grille and a sporty AMG line. This new C-Class doesn’t disappoint once you sit inside, with a superb high-quality interior throughout. The cabin layout is clean with tactile switch gear well laid out, you could be easily forgiven for thinking you’re seated in an S-Class. Rear seat passengers now have adequate legroom, thanks no doubt to the car’s new wheelbase that’s 80mm longer than its predecessor. Luggage space is fine too, with a 480 litre boot compartment.
Initially there are two diesel engines on offer to power the new C-Class, the C220 CDI and the C250 CDI. Shortly these will be complemented by the arrival of a further three diesel power plants, the C180 CDI, C200 CDI and C300 diesel hybrid. There will also be four petrol variants, the C180, C200, C250 and C300. Our test car was the C220 CDI model in Avantgarde trim. Its 2.1-litre turbo-diesel engine provides 170hp and 400Nm of torque, this power is transferred to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. This engine offers decent power and economy, with a combined fuel consumption of 4.3L/100km and CO2 emissions of 110g/km which places it in tax band A3, with an annual road tax fee of €190. Its power delivery is smooth and linear with a silky-smooth automatic transmission that provides for a relaxing the drive. The C-Class soaks up undulations in the road with ease, it’s setup more for comfort then sport and is perfectly suited to typical uneven sections of Irish roads.
The list of standard equipment on our test car is extensive, with new technology and features throughout. The infotainment display provides a wealth of information and works in conjunction with a bezel and touchpad located between the front seats. It’s effortless to navigate your way through the various menus and clears the centre console of a multitude of buttons to give a cleaner appearance. Just some of the standard features on our Avantgarde model include, CPA – Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, reversing camera, ESP and LED daytime running lights.
The designers at Mercedes-Benz are producing desirable cars lately, with the new A-Class, CLA, GLA, E-Class and S-Class, along with this new C-Class they now have a model line-up that’s deserving of the attention it’s receiving.
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