The electro-mechanical steering has a good feel to it...
Ride and Handling
We’re generally pleased with the way the C-Class rides and handles, it has moved up a notch from the previous model and feels pretty well-sorted. It still does not feel quite as poised as a BMW 3-Series, the key rival, but it now comes very close. There used to be a big gap between the way these two behaved, in the BMW’s favour, and it isn’t there now. The C-Class is more precise through the bends and handles noticeably better than the previous generation car.
The test car was on the new Airmatic suspension and its ride quality was very good, ironing out road surface undulations very effectively. This was despite the car riding on largish 18-inch wheels, which can sometimes adversely affect ride quality. Mercedes’ engineers have done a good job in striking a pleasing balance between handling calibre and ride quality. The electro-mechanical steering has a good feel to it and is weighted about right.
Ease of Use
This is a decently sized car at 4.6 metres long, and is just over two metres wide including the wing mirrors. All round head and legroom is pretty reasonable, and rear seat passengers are by no means cramped, even though the C-Class’s body is sleeker than before. If you are very tall, think twice before considering one of these with the optional panoramic sunroof, as it steals a bit of overhead space.
The boot size is a roomy 480 litres (a small increase of five litres over the previous model), and it is accessed via a reasonably low sill, although the way in which the boot edges swoop inwards towards the bumper means that the available space at the sill edge is a bit narrower than we’d ideally like it to be.