Lightweight, compact, luxurious and powerful. The latest generation of Mercedes-Benz C-Class boasts being all these things and much, much more. The new eye-catching sedan is quite a shift from its older iterations but retains the much lauded features that make it such an ideal entry into the luxury car market. We recently had the opportunity to spend some time behind the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz C250 to get a feel for ourselves.
The C250 model we had featured a subdued Polar White paint job, which glistened brilliantly as soon as any light hit it. It looked especially attractive in contrast to the black roof, grille and tyres. The tactical use of lines and edges adds a great deal of dimension to the car’s look, no matter which colour it is. It’s an interesting way to really take the premium design up a notch. The luxury sedan retains the long bonnet and short rear of its past generations but loses some of their rear boxiness, giving it a more modern look.
The new C-Class is also about 100kg lighter than the older models, thanks to the use of aluminium in its construction. Though you won’t notice the change at a glance, it’s something you’d be able to feel in the drive if compared back to back.
The car remains relatively unadorned by the Mercedes-Benz logo, preferring to keep it simple with the iconic badge centred on the grille, rear and a small badge on the top of the bonnet. Make no mistake though, the car’s commanding look exudes luxury and charm without needing the help of too many embellishments.
A much deserved interior update is a welcome change in the latest generation of C-Class. Having done away with the buttons of the older models, the car now features a more streamlined instrument panel, similar to that found in some other Mercedes models. Ours was encased in a premium aluminium trim, though glossy wood trims are also available and look equally as sleek.
The understated and classy interior also features a floating 7-inch screen elevated in the centre, controlled by a dial and touchpad found just in front of the centre console. Its positioning makes it easy to use while keeping your eyes ahead and other hand in control of the wheel.
Leather upholstery and comfortable seating make the car a pleasure to be in and a spacious backseat means no one will be fighting to call shotgun. Our test car featured a Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers, which sounded full and crisp.
The new C-Class proves to be a super smooth drive, thanks in part to its new lightweight construction. Switching between Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus driving modes varies the way it handles but around the city driving in Comfort made it feel as if you were simply gliding over any kind of unevenness in the road.
A respectable 350Nm of torque and 155kW of power means this car is no joke, and it certainly doesn’t struggle when trying to get ahead of another car on road. Throughout Sydney, driving was always a pleasure, with the C250 remaining quite quick without any obnoxious roars from the engine.
The car’s 2.0L engine offers great fuel efficiency and it utilises Mercedes’ BlueEFFICIENCY system. This uses functions such as the ECO start / stop, which turns your engine off when the car is stationary and starts it again when the accelerator is pressed, saving fuel and reducing emissions.
A host of safety features come standard in the C250 with more available in optional packages. In addition to the regular blind spot and lane keeping monitors, the car also has a system called Distronic Plus. Utilising various sensors in the car, Distronic Plus helps you to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, minimising the risk of a rear-end collision. Another safety feature that would come in especially handy on longer journeys is the Attention Assist. This system monitors your driving patterns from the moment you begin a drive, as well as things like the weather, how long you’ve been driving for and road surfaces. If it determines that your attention is waning from the road and you’re becoming drowsy, it emits audible and visual alerts. This feature could be a life saver (literally) if you do a lot of long or night time journeys.
The Mercedes-Benz C250 is an extremely well performing car. Offering a luxurious drive and look, it’s an ideal entry into the luxury market. A plethora of safety features, smooth handling and a respectable amount of power should have it top of mind for potential buyers.