Driving report - Mercedes -Benz C-Class Time umparken in someones head

Time umparken in someones head

A great design with bonds of the large S - class, a modern interior, lightweight and plenty of equipment options: The new C-Class from Mercedes could be a great success and even bring driver Munich or Ingolstadt brands to ponder. However, the new generation is also a model from its own ranks dangerous.

The roles seemed so far clearly delineated in the limousine fleet of Mercedes S-Class, the E-Class plays the vehicle for the entrepreneur and CEO, the official car for the upscale Manager and the C-Class - well, in some eyes maybe the vehicle for retirees, who can not accept as a full vehicle with star an A or B class. But, to say to say with a little less exquisite German Brand: Umparken in the head is called for. The new, from 15 March and from 33 558 € available C-Class gives strong on the previous staid image of this model. Mercedes-middle class is surprisingly a new standard mainly in two categories.

That would be the one to name the design. A clever lines of the hood, however, affects the rear, despite an at least compared to its predecessor by 20 grown to 480 liters of luggage space, short and crisp, elongated: So commonly seen sports car. This impression is emphasized by the broad shoulder and at least visually acting small proportion of window area. Both the lateral line and the rear take also significantly since last year bonds on the new S-Class.

Mercedes lets the buyers the choice between two different fronts. The so-called sport grille with inset star is series and also comes in the equipment line avant used. Who chooses the classic line Exclusive, receives a star on the hood and a slightly larger, the status of the sedan-hugging grille. Only here can the grill to 120 euros charge also the blades close completely, which at high speed presses the drag coefficient and to bring 0.1 liters per 100 kilometers savings.

© DaimlerDen second scale, Mercedes with the interior space and its processing .   The second scale, Mercedes with the interior space and its processing. Here the Swabians remove most clearly from its predecessor and close in build quality to Audi on - at least. Thus, the row of switches on the center console just below the round air vents looks so good, as if it were imported directly from the luxury class. New in the C-class comfort and safety features, like the head-up display, the color reflects important information to the windshield, or the touchpad on the center console, which makes the input of commands by writing command possible.

In the first tests convinced us the C-Class mainly by their handiness and probably the lowest noise level in its class. Even the shell, consisting 48 percent of aluminum, weighs around 70 kilograms less than its predecessor. More 30 kilograms saved the developers with a single action. The diet affects both positive impact on consumption, as well as the agility of the car. Never a C-Class ran so easily and precisely what the remainder may be due to the newly designed front axle.

Those who want more comfort and / or security, can choose from a plethora of options. Among other things, there is the first time an air suspension, an electronically adjustable suspension and the entire armada of assistance systems.

At launch, initially there are only two petrol and one diesel available. There follow in the course of further petrol engines and diesels, for example, the two small diesel from the collaboration with Renault with 1.6 liter displacement and 85 kW/115 hp and 100 kW/136 hp. In addition, in the autumn of 300 C comes as a diesel hybrid (150 kW/204 hp + 20 kW/27 hp electric motor) with 3.6 liter fuel consumption (99 g CO2) and also a strong six-cylinder petrol engine as the C 400 with 245 kW/333 hp. In December, follows the AMG version. A highlight in the engine range will be the plug-in hybrid, which is expected for 2015 and presumably can about 50 km all-electric cover.

Even with the body styles are still some will do. First comes the autumn, the station wagon version of the C-Class (T-model), which in June will be celebrating at the AMI in Leipzig its world premiere. The fact that there will be a new coupe and other specialized bodies over time, is no secret.

For our first exit in the new C - Class, we had chosen the diesel initially only available, the C available from € 38 675 220 The compression-ignition engine develops 170 hp and is not designed innately just quietly. All the more surprising, as discreetly the aggregate in the apparently well encapsulated series 205, the internal name of the new generation, during work. Even more convincing the landing gear is advised that hardly leaves even with the standard steel suspension wishes. Those who invest additional money in the at the working front as at the rear axle air suspension, will actually feel like in the luxury class.

Should not be fooled, the first impression is the Mercedes C-Class scored a really big hit. This will not only bring the competitor Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series to ponder, but could also show in-house effect. Only those who especially in the back seats really needed the extra space has now ground to the next larger model to grip. Otherwise, the C-class can do everything better than the more spacious, but despite an extensive redesign last year also noticeably older E-Class. That is not bad, after all, can also compete in-house motivate the engineers and revive the business.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Technical Specifications

Five-door, five-seat midsize sedan, Length: 4.69 meters Width: 1.81 meters Height: 1.44 meters Wheelbase: 2.84 meters Boot capacity: 480 liters

Motors ( selection):   C 180, 1.6-liter gasoline engine, 115 kW/156 hp, maximum torque: 250 Nm at 1200-4000 r / min 0-100 km / h: 8,2 s Vmax: 225 km / h, fuel consumption: 5.0 liters CO2 emissions: 116 g / km, emission standard: euro 6, Price: from 33 558 €

C 200, 2.0-liter gasoline engine, 135 kW/184 hp, maximum torque: 300 Nm at 1200-4000 r / min 0-100 km / h: 7,5 s Vmax: 237 km / h, fuel consumption: 5.3 liters CO2 emissions: 123 g / km, emission standard: euro 6, Price: from 36 414 €

C 220 BlueTec, 2.1 - liter diesel engine, 125 kW/170 hp, maximum torque: 400 Nm at 1400-4800 r / min 0-100 km / h: 7,7 s Vmax: 234 km / h, fuel consumption: 4.0 liters CO2 emissions: 103 g / km, emission standard: euro 6, Price: from 38 675 €

But who is the S-Class exciting too large, the times should take place in a C-Class!