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The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class
C-Class at its best

The all-new C-Class heralds a new chapter in the Mercedes- Benz success story and sets new standards in the premium mid-range class. Thanks to an intelligent lightweight design concept boasting weight savings of up to 220 lbs, excellent aerodynamics and new, economical engines, the C-Class establishes new benchmarks in its class. A host of new assistance systems offer safety of the highest standard, while a new suspension, optionally air-sprung, provides for exemplary ride and driving comfort as well as nimble and agile handling. In terms of appearance the new C-Class adopts a progressive approach with its clear yet emotional design and its high-class interior. Many other innovations and interior touches underscore the sedan's luxurious comfort and refined sportiness. In all, the perceived quality of the new C-Class feels like an "upgrade to a higher class of travel."

The C-Class is the top-selling model series from Mercedes-Benz. Sales of the preceding model, which was launched in 2007, total over 2.4 million. The new C-Class offers sensuous and clear design and a host of technical innovations as well as a comprehensive scope of standard equipment and exemplary emission and fuel consumption values. The U.S. market launches with two C-Class models: C300 4MATIC with a 2.0L turbocharged direct-injection in-line fourcylinder engine with preliminary power figures of 235 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and a C400 4MATIC with a 3.0L turbocharged direct-injection V6 at 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

"Mercedes at its best - that's the new C-Class, which sets new standards for the mid-range segment on many fronts," says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Development. "It is characterised by an emotional yet clear design which is continued in the high-quality and modern interior. Its efficient and high-performance engineering provides the basis for a high standard of driving enjoyment."

Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, adds: "The new C-Class embodies Mercedes-Benz's claim 'The best or nothing' in uncompromising style. This is immediately apparent when encountering our new Saloon for the first time, as it creates the impression that one is sitting in a higher class of automobile. I am sure that our customers will be delighted by the high-class appeal and agility of the new C-Class."

The C-Class has grown to take account of people's increasing average height. With a 3 inch increase in the wheelbase (112 inches) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 3.7 inches longer (184 inches) and 1.6 inches wider (71 inches). The resultant additional space benefits first and foremost the rear passengers, who now travel in even greater comfort. The new C-Class also increases its trunk capacity to 17 cubic feet.

Sensuous clarity and purist forms
On a visual level, the new C-Class represents a bold departure from its predecessor. Its striking, dynamic design exudes sensuous clarity and arouses emotions. Nature was a source of inspiration for the new sedan's aesthetically sensuous lines and surfaces, whose harmony and dynamism create an immediate effect. The designers have created minimalist, purist forms for the C-Class which emphasize its intelligent technology and engineering. The clearly defined surfaces deliberately display a degree of tension, lending them a muscular and sensuous character. Precise lines and sculptural surfaces create lively light and shade effects.

As Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG, notes: "The new C-Class showcases automotive passion by way of a contemporary design idiom. Progressive and emotional highlights underscore the ground-breaking design style of the new C-Class and demonstrate sensual clarity. The new C-Class interprets modern luxury on a new level."

In the side view a long hood, a passenger compartment set well back and short overhangs define the C-Class's classic, well-balanced sedan proportions. Large wheels emphasize the rear and communicate a stylishly sporty character. There is a choice of two different faces: sporty with centrally positioned star or the classic sedan radiator grille featuring the Mercedes star on the hood. The fins of the radiator grille can be closed completely to optimize the vehicle's Cd value, highlighting the status of this cultivated sedan in duly self-assured style. The new C-Class comes with H7 halogen headlamps as standard. In addition to the standard-fit headlamps, two energy-saving LED variants are available: a static system and a dynamic version with "LED Intelligent Light System." The characteristic night design lends the new C-Class its very own distinctive look in the dark, too. The rear lamp and brake light in the tail lights feature LED technology in all headlamp versions.

High-class interior with fine details
The Mercedes-Benz designers have styled the interior on a level which is rarely encountered even in higher vehicle categories. This applies to the carefully chosen high-class materials and their pleasant touch and feel as well as the precision of the finely crafted details. The interior also embodies a new design idiom which combines sensuousness and clarity perfectly with dynamic sportiness and contributes to the quality feel of the interior.

The driver and front passenger enjoy plenty of space and luxury in a discreet, modern guise on board the new C-Class. This gives rise to a feel-good atmosphere which is new to this class of vehicle – settling into your seat in the C-Class is akin to the uplifting feeling of being upgraded from economy to business class on an airplane.

The interior design demonstrates a bold new approach by Mercedes-Benz. Here the designers combine in accomplished style the architecture of Mercedes- Benz sports cars with a totally new center console featuring flowing lines. A large one-piece center console panel performs an elegant sweep from the center air vents to the armrest. These seamless clear-cut lines create a sense of open space and convey a thrillingly purist and modern feel. A centrally positioned free-standing central display is the main eye-catching feature across the center console – with a screen diagonal of 7 inches or 8.4 inches if Multimedia Package is selected.

Five round air vents lend the dashboard a sporty touch. With their metallic cool-touch effect they create a fascinating, tangible contrast to the warm look of the other materials – such as the wood in the center console or the leather on the dashboard. The "upgrade" feel duly continues with the controls. All switches feature a high-quality, three-dimensional design befitting a luxury vehicle and benefit from a clear layout.

The innovative touchpad in the handrest over the Controller on the center tunnel marks a further evolutionary step developed in-house at Mercedes-Benz. As on a smartphone, this provides for very simple and intuitive operation of all the head-unit functions using finger gestures. The touchpad also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting - in any language. The user receives clear haptic feedback when operating the touchpad's control surface, which is highly conducive to genuine intuitive use. A head-up display is also new to the C-Class. Like in a jet fighter, it displays important information directly in the driver's field of vision on the front windscreen, thus providing for clear legibility and ensuring that the driver is distracted less from the road ahead. The system provides information on vehicle speed, speed limits and navigation instructions and displays messages from DISTRONIC PLUS.

Robust yet lightweight bodyshell
The body-in-white of the new C-Class provides an innovative basis for reduced weight, outstanding rigidity, including introduction rigidity for excellent handling, combined with optimum noise and vibration characteristics and a high level of crash safety. Thanks to intelligent and innovative lightweight construction, the aluminum hybrid body is around 154 lbs lighter than a conventional steel body. The vehicle's overall weight is even reduced by around 220 lbs. As such, the new C-Class leads the "lightweight rankings" in its segment. This spawns numerous benefits: the lightweight construction of the new C-Class cuts fuel consumption by up to 20 percent without any loss of performance, while at the same time enabling a lower center of gravity, which in turn gives rise to the vehicle's noticeably sporty and agile handling.

Mercedes-Benz achieves this feat of lightweight construction by various measures, including a completely new structural design and the use of an unusually high proportion of aluminum for a mass-produced range. The share of aluminum has risen compared with the successful predecessor from under 10 percent to almost 50 percent.

In keeping with Mercedes-Benz traditions, the body is designed for exemplary crash safety. As a result, the Sedan complies not only with all current national laws but also with all rating requirements, as well as meeting the more stringent internal Mercedes-Benz safety standards based on what actually happens during accidents.

A high-strength safety passenger compartment forms the core of this concept. It is surrounded by specifically configured and field-tested deformation zones which ensure maximum safety for the occupants by virtue of optimized force paths and a combination of aluminum castings and ultra-high-strength materials. An outer skin consisting almost completely of aluminum provides a protective shell for the body.

Leading the field in aerodynamics and quiet running
Low drag is crucial to achieving outstanding efficiency. From a speed of just under 43 mph, aerodynamic drag exceeds the sum total of all other driving resistance factors. As such, drag constitutes a major parameter in efforts to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The wind noise level, which was already very low in the preceding generation of the C-Class, has been lowered still further.

The engineers have also devoted painstaking attention to optimizing other potential sources of disturbance which may have an adverse effect on the driver's and passengers' well-being and concentration, even though they may not consciously notice the effects. NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) is the technical term for such nuisance factors. The specialists have optimized the noise characteristics of the interior blower, the power windows, the seat adjustment functions and many other actuation and operating noises, for example. As a result, the new C-Class occupies a benchmark position in its segment.

Optimized drive train
Smooth automatic gear shifting is provided by the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, which has undergone further development at Mercedes-Benz in the interests of enhanced environment-friendliness and driving pleasure.

The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system serves to improve traction and driving stability in the C-Class, too, while additionally underscoring the vehicle's refined sportiness.

Suspension – sporty yet comfortable
The suspension on the new C-Class is a totally new development. It provides for nimble and agile handling that makes driving a great pleasure on winding roads while also offering the highest standard of ride comfort in the segment. A newly designed 4-link front axle plays a major part in the agile handling characteristics. Thanks to the 4-link principle, the front independent suspension is fully decoupled from the spring strut. The resultant favorable axle kinematics allow more grip and higher lateral stability. As a result, the suspension responds more sensitively to steering movements and allows a sporty, agile driving style. An optimized multi-link independent rear suspension with 5-link concept ensures unsurpassed wheel location qualities and supreme straightline stability.

The new C-Class Sedan is fitted as standard with a steel suspension. Two suspensions with selective damping systems are available:
- a comfortable yet sporty base suspension
- a sports suspension lowered by .6 inches as part of the optional Sport Package

First air suspension in this category
Alternatively, the new C-Class is the first vehicle in its segment that can be fitted with an air suspension (AIRMATIC) on the front and rear axles. Thanks to electronically controlled, continuous variable damping at the front and rear, it offers outstanding road roar and tire vibration characteristics even with the vehicle loaded. The driver can use the AGILITY SELECT switch to choose between the various characteristics: "Comfort", "ECO", "Sport" and "Sport+." The additional "Individual" option enables drivers to configure their vehicle according to their own wishes. AIRMATIC also features all-round self-leveling for optimum ride comfort even when the vehicle is loaded.

The new C-Class also comes with an electric parking brake as standard. This brake is released automatically when the driver ends parking mode with the aim of moving off.

Steering with a sporty character
All models of the C-Class family will feature the electromechanical Direct Steer system as standard in future. This combines road-speed-dependent power assistance from the speed-sensitive power steering system with a steering ratio which varies according to the given steering angle. The power steering assistance provided by the rack and pinion steering gear is controlled on-demand, thereby contributing towards efficiency.

Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive: The intelligent car
It is the declared aim of Mercedes-Benz to make the highest standard of safety available to everyone. To this end, the new C-Class incorporates almost all of the new assistance systems with a host of enhanced functions which celebrated their world premiere in the S-Class and E-Class only a few months ago. The assistance systems enhance both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this Intelligent Drive.

The new C-Class offers numerous innovative safety and assistance systems. It is fitted as standard with ATTENTION ASSIST, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness. On motorways, the COMAND system navigation function flags up nearby break options as stopovers, providing the system has been specified in the vehicle. The ATTENTION ASSIST function offers an adjustable level of sensitivity and can inform the driver in a separate view in the instrument cluster about their level of drowsiness and how long they have been driving since their last break.

In addition to Adaptive Brake Assist, which offers protection from collisions from speeds as low as 4 mph, standard-fit COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS also features an additional function: when a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 124 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31 mph, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at speeds of up to 25 mph.

New assistance systems and existing assistance systems with a host of enhanced functions from the new S-Class and E-Class are also optionally available, combining data from various sensor technologies as part of the Intelligent Drive concept to enhance comfort and safety substantially:
- DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist is a semi-automatic traffic jam assistant which at speeds under 37 mph is able to follow the vehicle ahead even where lane markings are unclear or completely lacking, thus providing a safe and convenient means of following the flow of traffic.
- The BAS PLUS Brake Assist System can now also detect crossing traffic and boost the braking force if the driver fails to apply the brakes sufficiently; the PRE-SAFE® Brake can detect stationary vehicles as well as pedestrians, brake automatically if the driver fails to react, thus preventing accidents up to 31 mph and mitigating the severity of collisions at speeds of up to 45 mph. In flowing traffic the PRE-SAFE® Brake provides assistance according to the same mode of operation throughout the speed range from 4 to 124 mph.
- Enhanced Active Lane Keeping Assist can now also prevent the vehicle from unintentionally drifting out of lane when broken lane markings apply and a risk of a collision arises, e.g. as a result of vehicles overtaking at high speed, parallel traffic or even oncoming traffic, by applying the brakes on one side.

The numerous assistance systems also include
- Active Parking Assist, which enables automated parking with active steering and brake intervention in both parallel and end-on parking spaces,
- a 360° camera, which is able to show the vehicle and its surroundings from various perspectives, including a virtual bird's eye view,
- Traffic Sign Assist with Wrong-Way Alert, which warns of speed limits and alerts the driver to no-overtaking zones and no-entry signs,

Airbags for safety
In addition to 3-point seat belts with pyrotechnical belt tensioning and belt force limitation for the driver, the front passenger and those in the outer rear seats, numerous airbags serve to protect the vehicle's occupants in an accident. These include:
- Pelvis bags for driver and front passenger
- a newly developed window bag
- side bags for the outer rear seats
- a knee bag for the driver

The front passenger seat is fitted as standard with automatic child seat recognition, which dispenses with the previous transponder in favor of a weight mat. This enables any child seat to be used. The airbag is automatically deactivated when a child seat is fitted and reactivated once it has been removed.

Air conditioning: signals from space
Mercedes-Benz has undertaken systematic further development and substantial improvement of the air conditioning system in the new C-Class. This applies in particular to the control quality, performance, efficiency and air quality. The new C-Class is also the only vehicle in the segment to offer tunnel detection via satellite navigation. It uses the map information from the navigation system and the GPS location data to close the air recirculation flap automatically when the vehicle enters a tunnel, subsequently re-opening it when the vehicle emerges from the tunnel.

Another highlight contributing to a feel-good atmosphere is the AIR-BALANCE package with active fragrancing, air ionization and more efficient filtration than is available on the standard model.

Vibrant infotainment
A completely new multimedia generation offers intuitive operation in the new C-Class, featuring elaborate animations and visual effects which present all the functions in a clear and highly attractive manner. The new C-Class is also equipped with the unique Frontbass system. This avant-garde acoustic systems uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers to conjure up a listening experience almost on a par with a concert hall. A Burmester® surround sound system is optionally available.

The navigation system presents its contents in interactive mode. Its features include an animated compass, a "Drive Show" with information for passengers similar to the on-screen presentations on board airplanes and Google Maps displayed on the head unit.

In-car technology
COMAND not only offers a larger display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a special bonded glass cover such as is familiar from consumer devices like the iPhone or iPad.

The new C-Class will also include mbrace2 connected car technology, including the available option to have over twenty Mercedes-Benz Apps integrated into the COMAND system.
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2014 Mercedes-Benz C250 first drive review
Early petrol version of new C-class trumps its diesel sibling on refinement, but it is not for the UK

Should I buy one?

Not so much a question should you buy one; more of a question of where you can buy one, as this model isn't planned for sale in the UK.

The stylish new cabin and added interior space also help to lift the everyday appeal of the mid-range Mercedes-Benz. However, there are elements here which are confusing to say the least. Despite adding a new touch pad function to its latest Comand infotainment system, the interface remains unnecessarily complex, offering five different ways to alter various menus on the C-class’s free-standing monitor when a simple touchscreen function would suffice.

It’s a small blot on the new C-class, but one which could add up over time to become a major issue, and also denies this new Mercedes a class-leading rating.
Mercedes C-Class review
All-new Mercedes C-Class goes posher than ever before as it bids to topple BMW 3 Series

Upmarket interior, economical engines, comfortable ride

Against: Noisy diesel engine, conservative exterior design, limited choice at launch
Mercedes C-class C250 Bluetec AMG Line (2014) CAR review
How does it drive?

Refinement. That’s the key word. You will be staggered by the general hush and ride comfort of this new C-class. It is head and shoulders better than anything BMW or Audi currently offers, and makes this a massively appealing car if you’re a motorway-munching management type. We should mention that we were only able to drive an air-sprung car, so we’ll have to defer final judgment until we’ve drive one on steel springs (the one everyone will actually buy).

It’s also thoroughly accomplished in the handling department, in part thanks to a new front suspension setup similar to what you get on powerful front drive hatches, where the strut remains still during steering manoeuvres. By isolating the strut, Merc’s engineers say the steering remains pure. The focus seems to be on refinement rather than sports car like involvement, but the variable ratio steering is pretty crisp, body control is excellent when you flip the console mounted mode selector to Sport, and there’s stacks of grip. This is a fine handling car that should prove a worthy base for the bi-turbo AMG version that Merc will reveal before the year’s end.


Mercedes has obviously thought hard about what matters most in this market. The result is a car that looks and feels every bit as good as a mini S-class should. A combination of peerless refinement, that achingly cool interior and near-70mpg economy, even with the more muscular engines, must make this the new top dog in the sector.

Only the plain four-cylinder noise and ever so slightly underwhelming performance stops this being a full-on five-star machine in 250 guise. Lesser models may change that when we have the chance to try them next month

First drive: new Mercedes C-Class
Less of a sports saloon, more a baby S-Class… Paul Horrell reports

OK, but I quite like driving myself, thanks awfully. Is all this new-fangled tech actually fun?

There's been no attempt to make the new C-Class superficially aggressive or sporty. It doesn't want to play with you like a 3-series – going on or off the power in mid-corner makes little difference to the attitude. You just steer and the car takes care of things, right up to some mighty impressive speeds. It doesn't feel exactly darty, but it's no barge, thanks to a significant weight cut since the last C-Class. The steering gets sharper on lock, and it's very progressive.

On the optional air suspension, it can also lower itself a little when you hit the sport button mode, as well as stiffen its adaptive dampers. This helps quell the roll and the understeer, and there isn't much understeer either.

Well this all sounds very grown-up.

Well yes, it's about comfort, ease of use and luxury. But modern luxury. It's not one of those old-fashioned luxury cars that immediately adds 10 years to you. In Mercedes-world, comfort means confidence too. You can drive it like you're chauffeuring a nun with a heart condition, and it's smooth and unperturbed. Or you can push it to its door handles and you still can't fluster it. It's got everything covered.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
After three days and more than 300 miles on a wide variety of roads in all kinds of traffic, we would prefer the bigger engine that'll be on U.S. models, and we would check out the steel suspension before paying a bundle extra for Airmatic. Although the C250 doesn't exactly set the pavement on fire, it is notably more sophisticated than the aging Audi A4 and feels more special than the BMW 3-series. The new C-class is roomy, quiet, and well mannered. All in all, we definitely prefer the new C to the face-lifted E-class, and we would be reluctant to spend twice the money for an S-class. The genetically different front-wheel-drive CLA does not even enter this discussion.

There is no doubt about it: the new C-class is a proper Mercedes-Benz that condenses every core brand value in a more compact, youthful wrapper. This may result in a certain amount of cannibalization, but it is also bound to guarantee significant conquest sales.

There's Still More To C A timeline for the new C-class family's roll-out:

C300 4Matic, C400 4Matic: C-class launch models for North America, late 2014
C300: Early 2015
C63 AMG: Early 2015
C-class diesel: 2015
C-class plug-in hybrid: 2015
C-class coupe: 2016
C-class convertible: 2017
2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 / C400 Sedan - First Drive Review
S-Class essence distilled into a fun-size decanter.

So, does the new C-class succeed in toppling its 3-series nemesis from its perch atop the small-sedan hierarchy? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. While Mercedes was hard at work creating the new C-class, the world changed. The 3-series mutated and spread across the segment in an effort to appeal to a broader spectrum of buyers, and new competitors such as the excellent-to-drive Cadillac ATS and Lexus IS 350 F Sport joined the fray. But for a maker with a proven track record of knowing its audience and unafraid to walk its own well-established path to please them, the new C-class should be right on target.
First Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
A New Leader For A Class Long Defined By BMWs

When I first drove the new S-Class, my takeaway was that the full-size techno-limo doesn’t steer all that well compared to say a Jaguar XJ, but does everything else in an exquisite manner. Truly, one of the finest automobiles the world has ever seen. With the 2015 C-Class, Mercedes has decided to build a baby S-Class rather than a 3 Series -- or should I say Cadillac ATS -- competitor. The truth is that there are scores more luxury buyers than there are sports sedan enthusiasts. Ask BMW why the damping rates are so different between the 3 Series sedan and 4 Series coupe. As such, and I hope I’m not breaking any hearts here, but the W205 isn’t a born canyon carver. Riding on a 3-inch longer wheelbase (a tad longer than a W124 E-Class – nearly 112 inches), the new C-Class is designed to deliver, first and foremost, a luxurydriving experience. The C250/C300 delivers on that promise in spades. The ride on the air suspension (a segment first) is sweet, especially on open stretches of highway or mildly broken pavement. I should also point out that the brakes have the typical Mercedes feel with engagement right at the top of the firm pedal. Start turning the steering wheel in anger and you realize the rear-suspension travel isn’t quite long enough and the rear bushings are a bit too squishy. My driving partner commented that the C250 rode just like his Mercedes-Benz 190E – no bad thing at all. How many entry-level C-Class owners will spend time trying to kick the tail out? I’ll just let you ponder that one.

The more powerful and heavier C400 is a different story. First of all, the C400 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Couple that to the heavier V-6 powerplant and it’s obvious that the C400’s weight balance is much more nose-heavy than the C250/C300. The handling wasn’t as crisp. The ride was both more wallowing and clunkier than the C250, and the shifts were more sluggish. Still, with four adult, American males inside, everyone was comfortable and you had to stop and look for peccadillos. Despite what some Mercedes engineers later told us, I’m not convinced the particular C400 I drove was a finished product. The transmission could use a remap and the suspension could use a retune, and a few of the early-build gremlins need to be ironed out -- a trunk that doesn’t always close, errant rear seatbelt warnings and air conditioning that refused to blow cold. But don’t make mountains out of molehills. The 2015 C-Class doesn’t go on sale until September and that gives Mercedes plenty of time to make them correctly.

Glance at the new C-Class and you’ll mistake it for a S-Class, the design is that similar. Spend some time with Mercedes’ volume model however, and you become aware that looks are more than skin deep. I’m happy to report that for the first time, the C-Class feels cut from the same cloth as the E- and S-Class cars. It doesn’t feel like any corners were cut nor were any compromises made. The 2015 C-Class has the right stuff in the right places. Class, meet your new leader.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class First Drive
With a new lightweight body and a strong V6 under the hood, the new C-Class feels athletic despite its larger size.

Leaves Nothing Untouched

Like the rest of the car, the features available inside the C-Class are all at the forefront of technology. Mercedes' latest multimedia system debuts on this car with a larger screen and an even crisper display. There's an optional Burmester audio system and connected user interface that offers up to 20 different apps.

With so much at your disposal, the C-Class doesn't leave you wanting for much. Its spaciousness up front is nearly matched by the accommodations in back. There's top-level trim no matter where you're seated, and the burly V6 assures there's plenty of power to get things moving quickly even if there are four adults on board.

It left us wondering who will bother to upgrade to the midsize E-Class. It's only marginally larger, and the C-Class now handily trumps the larger Benz in terms of the look and feel of the cabin. And what of the direct competitors from Audi, BMW and Cadillac? They should be on notice as well, because this Benz is a huge step forward in the history of the C-Class, one that might finally put it in a position to dominate the class.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-class first drive
How much class could a C-class have if a C-class could have class?

What's It Like To Drive?

We got to pilot two new C-class versions, both Euro-spec: the C250 BlueTec diesel and a C400 4Matic. The car takes a little getting used to. Both of our testers had Mercedes' Airmatic suspension, the agility select on which could be set to eco, comfort, sport, sport+ and individual. The settings adjust response to transmission, throttle, engine braking and the amount of slip allowed by the stability control system.

We tried the first four and felt that even in sport+ there was just a little more lean than we'd have expected. In the lower settings there was more than that. It was not what you'd call a sporty ride at all, and there was a little less chassis control than we'd have preferred. More time with the car would have allowed us to program our own unique settings that might have been more to our liking via the individual option.

The variable-ratio electromechanical direct steer system lunged a little more as it got further from on-center, too. Even the brakes felt more touchy than we'd have liked at the top of brake pedal travel. More time might give us a second opinion, though, so don't be immediately put off on your test drive around the dealer's lot if you're looking for a more responsive experience.

The thing is, Mercedes has to sell this all over the world, and markets in China might want a little more comfort and luxury over sportiness. Mercedes lists key competitors as the BMW 3-series, Audi A4, Lexus IS and Cadillac CTS and all of those are more fun to drive than our European C-class testers.

Do I Want It?

The arrival of the CLA as the entr- level Benz in America means the C-class is going to go upscale more than just a little. This one has done just that, with more room and more features than ever before. As far as character on the road, Mercedes sedans have always leaned more toward luxury than performance anyway, and that tradition continues with this new C.

If you're looking for something that's strictly fun to drive, look at the rest of the competition. If you're looking for safety, convenience and luxury, drive a C-class.

Keep in mind this is just a first impression and a first drive of two Euro-spec models. Further details, including pricing, packaging and, hopefully, more drive time will be coming before the car's September U.S. launch. Heck, we might even have U.S. specifications for you by then.

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Mercedes C-Class review
The new C-Class looks like a miniature S-Class, and drives like one too. Should the BMW 3-series be worried?

How does it drive?

It doesn’t just look like a miniature S-Class, it drives like one too. Mercedes’s dynamic mission has clearly been to bring back the waft, and the new C-Class feels very different from the last one – more solid, but less involving. It’s a recipe that may well play well with those bored of the ‘schportiness’ of the BMW 3-series and Audi A4, but it’s not made a great driver’s car.

You can’t fault the level of engineering behind the C-Class’s effortless real world demeanour. At low speeds it’s a proper mini-limo – smooth, quiet and extremely well-damped. At motorway velocities it’s very nearly as silent as the S-Class, and although the four-cylinder engines have to be worked hard to produce their best, all cruise quietly. It’s a great place to spend a long journey.

But get the C-Class onto more demanding roads and it quickly proves its not interested. The new electric power steering system is accurate but completely devoid of feel – a real shame given how nice the steering of the last C-Class was. The automatic transmission is very slushy in its default ‘comfort’ setting, but too aggressive when switched to ‘sport’ or ‘sport plus’ in cars with selectable dynamic modes. There’s no proper manual mode either – you can choose your own gear with steering wheel paddies, but after about 10 seconds the system switches back to drive.

And there’s no longer even the pretense of being able to turn the stability systems off any more – in the last C-Class you could at least select a ‘sport’ mode that allowed a modest amount of slip. In this car there’s nothing: for all the difference rear-wheel drive makes to the car’s dynamic behaviour it might as well send power to the front axle.

Both diesel engines are predictably reluctant to rev, although they deliver plenty of mid-range grunt. The C200 petrol actually seems to enjoy a decent pasting, although the car we drove blunted its efforts through the very tall gearing of the standard manual box (with second gear running to 70mph.)

The C-Class supremely comfortable and reasonably rapid, but it’s not at all exciting.

How does it compare?

As you’d expect given the ferocity with which battle is raged in the premium segment, the C-Class is priced close to its obvious rivals. The C220 Bluetec SE is £590 more expensive than the BMW 320d SE and £465 more than the Audi A4 2.0 TDI SE Technik – with Mercedes claiming the difference is justified by more standard kit.

Anything else I should know?

We had a brief drive in the turbocharged V6 C400 4-Motion - sadly a version that won't be coming to the UK. It's a brilliant engine - smooth, powerful and with a lovely sound to it - but there's no more life in the chassis than in the four-cylinder versions.

Supremely comfortable, relaxed cruiser, economical four-pots

Inert chassis, numb steering, lacks performance versions


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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
The Engines

The 2015 C-Class is available with a range of powerful yet efficient engines. The new Euro 6 compliant range of engines are equipped with a standard start/stop system, contributing to the 20 percent gain in efficiency over the outgoing model.

In total the C-Class will hit the market over the next few months with eight different engine choices. At the base lay 7 four-cylinder engines and one V6 petrol engine. Out of those there are three diesel engines, four petrol engines and one hybrid diesel. In C180 guise the C-Class will have a 1.6 litre four cylinder petrol engine producing 154 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. The Mercedes-Benz C200, is powered by a 2.0 litre four cylinder producing 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The C250 also has a 2.0 litre four cylinder producing 211hp and 350Nm of torque. The petrol line-up is topped by a Mercedes-Benz C400 variant that comes standard with Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system. It is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering a total of 333 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

The diesel line-up includes the C200 Bluetec with a 1.6 litre four cylinder engine (136hp / 300Nm), C220 Bluetec with 2.0 liter four cylinder (170hp / 400Nm) and C250 Bluetec also with a 2.0 liter four cylinder (204hp / 500Nm). The C300 Bluetec Hybrid features the same 2.0 liter four cylinder engine as the C250 but thanks to the pairing with a 27hp strong electric engine has a reduced fuel economy of only 3.6 liters per 100 km compared to 4.3 l / 100km in the C250. The entire lineup has a strong focus on efficiency and fuel economy with even the 333hp strong C400 reaching scores below 8 liter per 100 km.


A slew of new technology is offered on the 2015 C-Class, starting with safety amenities. Mercedes standard Attention Assist system alerts drivers if they are becoming inattentive or drowsy. On motorways, the car will suggest points where the driver can stop to take a break and inform them of how long they have been driving since they last took a break.

Additionally, the C-Class features Adaptive Brake Assist, designed to slow the car down from speeds of up to 5mph in the event of a potential collision. Another system, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, will provide autonomous braking from speeds of up to 200 km/h, slowing down the car and reducing the severity of potential collisions.

Available options now offered are Distronic Plus with active steering, which will follow the car in front of you while in traffic, BAS Plus, a system that can detect crossing traffic and provide additional braking force and Enhanced Active Lane Keeping Assist which can prevent the vehicle from unintentionally drifting out of the lane.

Numerous assistance technologies make an appearance as options on the C-Class including Active Parking Assist, a 360 degree camera, Heads-up display, Traffic Sign Assist with wrong way alert and Adaptive Highbeam headlights.

The New Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs the Old C-Class

During our road test with the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C250 Bluetec we passed a previous generation C220. A good opportunity to see how the new C-Class compares to the last generation. As you can see from the pictures the new C-Class also looks considerably larger and looks much more stylish than the previous generation. Although its length and equipment increased, the new C-Class is 50kg lighter than the previous generation. The weight reduction is mainly thanks to extensive use of aluminium for the new C-Class.

The C-Class vs S-Class

The appearance of the new C-Class continues many similarities with that of its bigger S-Class brother. At first glance the C-Class brings a lot of S-Class to this segment, both in the exterior as in the interior. Back in January we put a brand new C220 next to the S550. The direct comparison in terms of styling is not entirely possible due to different specifications and quite basic equipment on the C220, noting that it is a development vehicle with over 10,000 kilometers on the clock, but overall putting the cars next to each other shows the similarities quite well.

Noteworthy is the number of systems that made its way from the S-Class down to the C-Class. Both safety as entertainment systems have found their way to the new C-Class which puts the new C-Class ahead in its class. However if you do like to spec your new C-Class like a little S-Class prepare to spend quite a bit of money on optional extras.

Driving Experience

For our first driving experience with the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class we flew out to Marseille in France. At Marseille airport a full range of C-classes was waiting for us. We picked up the keys for a stunning silver C250 Bluetec with AMG line exterior. Our first stop was set at the Mediterranean coastal village of Cassis, a mere one hour drive over some of France most horrible roads. I can hear you think why set out a test route over some horrible roads? The answer is easy; to demonstrate the new Airmatic air suspension. Although the Airmatic system is an optional extra virtually every car in the fleet was riding on Airmatic.

So what is it like to drive than? It actually works very well and unlike any other suspension we have seen in this segment. It takes both long bumps and small holes with ease. Keeping the drive smooth and pretty quiet. It has to be said the 2 liter bluetec diesel engine in the C250 offers plenty of torque and great fuel economy. But it comes with a terrible diesel engine sound both in idle as on the road.

Making our way along winding roads and narrow tracks through villages in the South of France the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C250 Bluetec is quite a pleasant car to drive. It filters out most of the noise and inputs from outside. But the moment a clear stretch of country road opens up it imminently becomes clear that the emphasize on this new C-Class is on comfort and not on sport. Even when we shift the ‘Agility Mode’ to Sport+ the steering remains fairly indirect and the air suspension feels a bit to unconnected with the road despite coming down 15mm from the comfort mode. For more sport-oriented drivers the car screams for a sport suspension and directer steering. Both are available as optional extras but none of the available test cars had those equipped leaving us without a chance to test it.

On the performance side the C250 Bluetec offers plenty with 500Nm of torque it sprints away with ease. That being said we are very keen to see the engineers at Mercedes-AMG add their V8 to the mix. It is just a matter of time until a turbocharged V8 AMG model will complement the line-up. Back to our C250 Bluetec than. We leave the country roads and enter the highway towards the coast. On this bit of highway we can test some of the safety systems including blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control. Both are a pleasant addition to every daily driver and we already can’t live without it on our many autobahn journeys. Along with the adaptive cruise control comes a lane assist system we are familiar with from the S500 and E-Class. It actually helps you keep your lane by supporting the steering input. There are some limitations to the system so you have to keep your hands on the wheel mostly and it won’t be able to turn around tight bends, impressive and useful feature nonetheless.

A little while later we arrive in the coastal town of Cassis, a beautiful location for lunch and more importantly the starting point for a spectacular road up a nearby cliff. This road called ‘Route de Cretes’ connects Cassis with La Ciotat. With the highest point at 394 meter and a fairly limited distance it might not be the highest peak we ever reached or the longest mountain road we ever drove but with panoramic views in every direction its certainly worth the detour if you ever find yourself in the area.

It is along the Route de Cretes that we notice the new C-Class with AMG line is attracting quite a few looks from local and tourists alike. Thanks to the similar design to the S-Class it looks certainly more exclusive than its direct competitors. The design of both the exterior and interior of the new C is certainly a strong feat of the car. Of course personal taste plays an important role regarding the design but there is no denying Mercedes-Benz has taken a huge step forward with the new C-Class compared to its predecessor.

What to Spec?

7G-Tronic Plus: The 7-speed automatic gearbox offers smooth gear changes and much nicer interior due to the ‘free’ center console.
AMG Line Exterior: For those who have a sporty driving style. Not only will you get a sportier look, but the AMG Line exterior also includes the Sport Suspension and the Sport Direct Steering.
Airmatic: For those who prefer comfort. The C-Class is the first car in this segment to offer air suspension, it makes the ride pleasant and subtle. You can select four different modes from Eco+ to Comfort and Sport, Sport+ over the Agility Select button to make the ride harder or softer depending on what you want.
Comand Online: Make the most of your infotainment. Includes the 8.4″ display and WIFI hotspot.
Heads-up display: Never take your eyes off the road again, displays all important information include navigation directions, radio stations, current speed and more on the road in front of you.
Drive Assistance Package Plus: Includes adaptive cruise control, lane assist and other safety features. We can’t live without Adaptive Cruise and Lane Assist anymore!

The Competition

The most obvious competitors in this segment are the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. The BMW 3-Series offers a sportier ride but the new C-Class is no match for both the 3-Series and the A4 when it comes to comfort and luxury. If we were in the market for a new C-Class today, its not the 3-Series or A4 that would hold us back from ordering the C-Class but another car from the Mercedes-Benz line-up: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA! A GLA 250 offers a bit less luxury and comfort than the new C-Class but as a daily driver offers more character and a sportier ride.


The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class takes a huge step forward from its predecessor, from the new looks to the infotainment and safety systems alike. Its worthy of the ‘baby-S’ nickname and in certain aspects clearly sets the new benchmark in this segment. However it is clear that Mercedes-Benz emphasizes on comfort, sacrificing a sporty side that some customers might crave. With that said we can’t wait for an AMG version to show us the dark side of the new C-Class!

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C400 4Matic Review
More a Compact S-Class than a Sport Sedan

Because it competes with the BMW 3-series, which almost singlehandedly coined the term "sport sedan," the Mercedes-Benz C-class often gets compared as one. But it's not a sport sedan, and that's just fine, as European bureau chief Georg Kacher makes clear in his review of the European-spec, rear-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz C250. Mercedes will introduce the car in the United States exclusively in all-wheel-drive form, as the four-cylinder C300 4Matic and the six-cylinder C400 4Matic. We had the opportunity to drive the new Benz C400 4Matic a couple of weeks after Georg's review of the not-for-U.S. C250.

Mercedes says the high take rate for all-wheel drive in the northern half of the United States prompted the decision to launch the 4Matic cars first. We think the automaker also wants to establish a clear break between the front-wheel-drive CLA that now serves as the entry-level model and this new, upscale C-class. The rear-wheel-drive C-class currently sells for $36,725, versus $30,825 for the CLA. We expect the new models to start closer to $40,000, which is the base price for the current C300 4Matic. Those buyers who walk into a Mercedes-Benz dealership uncertain whether to opt for a CLA-class or C-class will be able to perceive instantly what the extra ten grand buys. The upright roofline and clean body sides of the new C-class sedan scream "real Mercedes." Design chief Gorden Wagener notes that he does not need to add ornamentation to his rear-wheel-drive cars (that is, those with longitudinal engines) the way he did with the front-wheel-drive CLA-class. That restraint is evident here, and it enhances the elegance of the C-class. Most cars sold in the United States, like the model we drove, will feature three-pointed star badges integrated into body-colored grilles, but Mercedes still offers a traditional chrome grille and upright star badge for those who prefer it. The C-class has grown 3.7 inches in length and 1.6 inches in width. When one passes you in traffic, you'll need a split second to realize it's not an E- or S-class.

That increase in stature pays dividends in the cabin. The back seat feels spacious enough to seat real adults. The interior design graduates from entry luxury to true luxury. Our AMG-package test car features beautiful open-pore Ash trim, blood-red leather seats, and a stitched synthetic leather dash. The new infotainment system combines a touchpad and click wheel, which sounds like a disaster but actually works well. The two inputs have large areas of overlap, meaning you can use any combination of touching and clicking to access any function. Later this year, Mercedes will introduce CarPlay, a syncing service for Apple iPhones.

The C400 4Matic nominally competes against the likes of the BMW 335ix and the Audi S4, but Mercedes tacitly admits it has not aimed to build a full-tilt sport sedan. The automaker thinks its buyers, who range from practical 55-year-old men in Europe to style-conscious 45-year-old women in the United States and 35-year-old professionals in China, aren't looking for in-your-face performance.

That's reflected in the C400's polite manners. Outside the car, one only hears the subtle chatter of the fuel injectors. Climb inside, roll up the windows, and enjoy near silence. Only when you dip deep into the accelerator pedal does the 329-hp, turbo V-6 clear its throat and sing a raspy baritone deep into triple-digit speeds. The six-cylinder acts like a basketball player in a business suit—it's not looking to play, but if you ask it to, it'll lay down a tomahawk slam-dunk.

Airmatic air suspension, standard on the C400 and optional on the C300, makes the car feel more like an athlete who's arrived at training camp out of shape. It leans heavily into turns and jounces in reaction to fast lane changes. In sharp turns, it wants to plow straight past the turn-in point, although the strong brakes and grippy Continental tires prevent it from doing so. Chief engineer Christian Früh blames the all-wheel-drive componentry, which adds some 150 pounds, nearly all of it over the front axle. Then there's the mass of a 3.0-liter V-6 compared with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the C250.

Indeed, the C250 we drove for comparison feels like a different car. It's nimble and balanced, and it enjoys being pushed in corners. While it does lean into turns, it does so in a more controlled and predictable fashion. All C-classes feature variable-ratio steering that tightens as you turn in more, a feature that bothers us in other vehicles but feels just right in this application. It makes the C-class easier to park and easier to point into the apex of a turn.

So, those who want a Mercedes sport sedan should wait for next spring, when the rear-wheel-drive C300 -- essentially a more powerful version of the C250 -- arrives at Benz's U.S. dealerships. Or you could buy a CLA45 AMG right now. However, those who want a comfortable luxury sedan that looks and feels very much like an S-class will do just fine with the C400 4Matic.

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Mercedes C200 BlueTec review
Mercedes C200 BlueTec has highest economy and lowest emissions in the range


Without an auto box or air-suspension, the Mercedes C200 BlueTec doesn’t have the wow factor of other models we’ve driven. Still, you could spend £895 to add air-suspension to this C200 and it would still probably cost less than a C220 BlueTEC, while also boasting higher economy and lower emissions – perfect for company car buyers.
Mercedes C250 BlueTEC review
We test new 2014 Mercedes C-Class C250 BlueTEC in AMG Line trim for the first time


Conservative in some respects, adventurous in others, the new Mercedes C-Class carefully refines a familiar, established formula into a potential class leader. The version that we tested isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely sharper to drive than before. More importantly, the raw ingredients show real promise – by being more practical, more efficient and offering S-Class levels of comfort, the C-Class seems to get much of the everyday stuff you take for granted absolutely spot-on. It’ll give the 3 Series a hard time when the two come face-to-face in the summer.
Mercedes C300 BlueTEC Hybrid review
Mercedes C300 hybrid offers high economy and low emissions, appealing to fleet buyers


The new C-Class is a real step up over the old car, boasting the kind of relaxing drive and high-quality cabin that we’ve become accustomed to from cars boasting a far higher price tag. This Mercedes C300 BlueTEC Hybrid model may not be the smoothest or the sharpest of the bunch but the margins are fine and company car buyers will certainly see the appeal. If you buying for personal use, though, we’d say go for the C250 BlueTEC and if emissions are really a priority then there’s always the 99g/km C200 BlueTEC.
First drive: W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
BMW and Audi need to up their game enormously if the 3 Series and A4 are going to out-class the new C-Class

In 1968, Ford advertised its facelifted XT Falcon as packing “More, more Mustang” in its Coke-bottle-hipped shape, in the same way that Mercedes-Benz’s all-new W205 C-Class feels like it’s chocked with “more, more S-Class”. Except for the fact that no C-Class has ever been like this. From its compact-limousine appearance to its standard-setting interior, the fifth-generation C-Class takes ‘premium compact’ to a whole new level.

No matter where you look, this car is bursting with sweetness and light. Literally. Outside, almost every aero-enhanced panel is aluminium, helping to lower the C-Class’s overall weight by up to 100kg. And inside, hidden in its intricately shaped glovebox sits an optional perfume dispenser (dubbed Air Balance) that pumps a subtly scented fragrance into the C-Class’s cabin like an angel passing wind.

Ah yes, that cabin. It’s fabulous. So good, in fact, that Audi has reportedly delayed its next-generation A4 to ensure it can match (or perhaps exceed) the C-Class’s colour, texture, materials quality and design flair. As for BMW’s F30 3 Series, forget it. You could’ve heard the Munich designer’s knees knocking in Dunedoo when they first copped eyes on the new C-Class in Detroit two months ago.

Several C-Class drivetrains are already familiar – namely the 2.1-litre turbo-diesel four (in 120kW C220 and 150kW C250 tunes for Oz, plus as a C300 diesel Hybrid) and turbo-petrol fours in a range of outputs (1.6-litre 115kW C180, and 2.0-litre 135kW C200 and 155kW C250). A 180kW C300 turbo-petrol four will follow in due course, as will a 245kW C400 that goes on sale in September in Europe featuring the same twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 as the E400. There’s also a 4matic all-wheel-drive C-Class that will finally come to Australia in 2015.

So how is she on the road? Very much like a distilled S-Class. All engines are strong and super-efficient, though the C250’s chirpy 2.0-litre turbo-petrol is a more convincing sports-luxury unit than the older, less refined C250 turbo-diesel. In 4matic guise, the C400 is an effective wedge between the rear-drive fours and the forthcoming C63 AMG twin-turbo V8 that launches at the Paris Show in October, though a bit more spunk and greater acoustic sizzle would make the C400 even more convincing.

Backing up the C-Class’s superb interior is a generally high level of dynamic talent. It’s the first car in its class to offer air-sprung suspension (‘Airmatic’ in Mercedes-Benz speak), with Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual modes. On the autoroutes circling Marseilles in southern France, ultra-plush Comfort felt a little too softly sprung at 120-130km/h, whereas Sport did a terrific job blending impressive ride comfort and level body control.

The steering in Sport also gets firmed-up, and at speed it’s preferable to Comfort’s lightness (especially in the four-cylinder, rear-drive cars), yet as usual, we can’t help thinking the perfect balance is somewhere in between the two.

To get a near-perfect level of steering crispness in a new C-Class, best stick with the standard steel suspension. It doesn’t ride quite as calmly as Airmatic’s Sport mode (wearing the 18-inch wheels of all launch cars), but its steering is its saviour. The C400 4matic seems to be more suited to the air suspension’s multiple settings and is particularly cohesive when driven hard in Sport mode.

And the C-Class likes to be given some stick. Even the C250 diesel is well controlled and balanced, though with its lighter nose, the C250 petrol is arguably the sweetest drive, while the all-wheel-drive C400 is a bit of a corner-carving Q-car. It doesn’t quite achieve the rear-biased balance of a 3 Series, but then its damping and steering are both so much better as a whole, you can forgive the C-Class for not being so overtly sporty.

For arguably the first time since 1982’s original W201 190/190E, the all-new W205 C-Class is truly an S-Class for the (well-heeled) masses. We’ll have to wait until its Australian launch in August to judge just how close this car comes to perfection, but we can say this for certain – BMW and Audi need to up their game enormously if the 3 Series and A4 are going to out-class the new C-Class.
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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C400 is a brand new model that is set to replace the C350 model. This luxury sedan is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0 liter V-6 engine that makes 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque. This model also is equipped with the Mercedes 4MATIC AWD system.

A best 0-60 MPH acceleration test run of 4.6 seconds was accomplished with the Drive Mode set to "Sport Plus" and the Traction Control switched "Off"

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Mercedes-Benz Reporter Amanda Stretton takes the new C-Class for a ride in Marseille.

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"Ready like never before" - Mercedes-Benz and the DFB start the campaign to the World Cup 2014 three months before the tingle in Brazil.

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Mercedes-Benz Reporter Yasmine Blair presents the new C-Class Estate during the world premiere at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.
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