This sixth-generation C-Class boasts luxurious comfort, minimalist design, and innovative assistance systems.
The external styling of the new car is a natural evolution from the previous generation, with a sleek design that features more rounded edges, as well as sharper front and rear lights. The bonnet features two bulges that remind of the previous generation C63 AMG.
The line-up includes the C200 and C220d, both four-cylinder derivatives. A hybrid model and the Mercedes-AMG C43 and C63 versions will be added towards the end of the year.
The C200 sports a 1.5-litre, turbocharged-petrol engine that delivers 150kW and 300Nm. The C220d uses a 2.0-litre, turbocharged-diesel mill producing 147kW and 440Nm. Both variants put the power down through a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The integrated starter-generator, part of the mild hybrid assistance element in both offerings, adds another 15kW and 200Nm.
Performance for both models see the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds, with top speeds just short of 250km/h. The diesel engine offers incredible fuel consumption, with a claimed mixed consumption figure of only 4.7l/100km. The C200 is claimed to do 6.3l/100km.
There are two specification levels on offer: Avantgarde and AMG Line. An immediate way to differentiate between the two is the grille. In Avantgarde guise, the grille uses vertical slats where the AMG Line opts for a honeycomb grid design.
The driving experience is pleasant, with comfort taking priority over sportiness in the current derivatives. The wheelbase has been lengthened by 65mm and the track has been widened by 10mm, which gives it more interior space, specifically for rear passengers, and makes the handling more stable.
The interior is completely revamped and a large 11.9-inch screen has been incorporated into the centre console to control almost all aspects of the car through the MBUX interface. Despite being touch only, controlling everything from the radio and air-conditioning to vehicle settings is intuitive. The 12.3-inch dash display behind the steering wheel also shows all the information a driver needs in a bright and clear manner.
The new C-Class is a handsome and capable car, more closely aligned to the Audi A4’s comfort, refinement and quality than the BMW 3 Series’ dynamism.
It looks upmarket and has a sophisticated, comfortable cabin packed with S-Class-grade tech.
“Hugely comfortable, impressively equipped, and assured to drive, the new C-Class ticks a lot of boxes”