Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz introduced the new C-Class in India, to ward off the competition from its traditional German rivals, the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. Internally called W205, the new C-Class was globally launched in early 2014, though the German manufacturer refrained from launching it here till the year end, as the previous generation C-Class was still doing well in India. The new C-Class cannot be termed as an entry-level sedan anymore as the new CLA, which will be launched in early 2015, will replace the C-Class as the most affordable sedan in the company’s line-up.
Mercedes-Benz has taken a completely new approach towards the design of the new C-Class. The company has ditched the previous car’s conservative looks for a new design, which looks heavily inspired by the new S-Class. The design has been also influenced by aerodynamics to keep wind resistance at a minimum level. The front fascia with the Avantgarde grille and the teardrop-shaped headlamps look very similar to that of the super saloon and together with larger air vents and bumper design, give the new C-Class a new aggression. It also gets an intelligent full LED headlamp system with an adaptive main beam. The side profile gets a strong shoulder line, which divides the profile into three sections- window and door handles, door profile and skirt line running in line with the wheels. The new C-Class is offered in five colours – cavansite blue, citrine brown, polar white, iridium silver and obsidian black.
While the layout of the new C-Class’ interior is similar to that of the previous car, we can see signs of the company’s new design philosophy. Standard creature comforts include a tablet-like screen, climate control, panoramic sunroof and the latest version of the COMAND infotainment system. This infotainment system integrates a Garmin navigation system with 3D-visualisation and gets a new interface design with a touchpad as standard.
Rear seat passengers get individual temperature zones. The rear seats get a 60:40 split which adds to the car’s practicality. Boot space at 480 litres is on par with the competition. The trim levels include leather for the seats, dashboard, steering wheel and the gear knob. The gauges are partially digital and feature a large central display which shows most of the options of the car. The interior also gets three colour ambient lighting, a reversing camera, panoramic sliding sunroof, keyless go starting function and an illuminated boot.
The C-Class is currently offered in a single C200 CGI variant which is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which churns out 181bhp and 300Nm of torque. The engine powers the rear through Mercedes-Benz’s tried and tested 7G-TRONIC PLUS gearbox. It accelerates from 0 to 100kmph in 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 235kmph. Drivers can choose between Comfort, Economy, Sport, Sport+, or Individual driving modes, which adjust the engine, transmission and steering characteristics. We expect the diesel variants of the C-Class to be launched in March 2015.
The new C-Class is currently positioned above the new GLA-Class in the Mercedes-Benz line-up. It rivals the other luxury sedans like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and the Volvo S60. Jaguar has also revealed its intentions of bringing the new XE sedan to the Indian market, which will also compete with the C-Class.