The 2.1 litre diesel hums along quite happily at urban pace but...
Comfort and Refinement
Mercedes has always been very good at well-structured and carefully contoured seat design, and the C-Class lives up to that tradition. The seats are low-fatigue over a long distance, and you get out of the car feeling fresher than the journey length might suggest.
Refinement is pretty reasonable too, especially in the petrol model. The 2.1 litre diesel hums along quite happily at urban pace, but under harder acceleration out on the open road it can become just a bit gruff, and make you feel that it could be improved by just a bit more soundproofing.
Safety and Security
There is a lot of standard safety kit on this car. It comes equipped with seven airbags, Attention Assist to warn when the car detects that the driver is becoming fatigued, speed-sensitive cruise control, heated windscreen washer-wipers, a collision prevention assist system, and a reversing camera for safe rearward manoeuvring. An optional driver assistance package, adding £1,495 to the price, adds an array of other electronic aids to keep the car safe in a variety of conditions. A 360-degree surround camera system is available for the C-Class at £335. Although the car has yet to be tested for Euro NCAP crash safety, it has been built to meet 5-star standard.
Mercedes’ S-Class is one of the finest, most high-tech cars in the world, and some of the features that the big Merc luxury model pioneered have now percolated down the range into this latest C-Class. There is optional head-up display above the heavily-cowled instrument cluster. There is a dual-level touchpad on the centre console, as a controller for you to operate the large tablet-style multimedia screen that is positioned at the top centre of the dash, above the three central circular air vents. As well as the dual-zone climate control, there is also another feature to keep the air sweet in the cabin: an active scent dispenser located in the glovebox. We found the standard sound quality very good, but a 590-watt Burmester Surround Sound System is offered as an upgrade for serious hi-fi buffs.
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What We Liked
- Very stylish new body shape
- Very aerodynamic, best drag coefficient in its class at 0.24 Cd
- Big upgrade inside, luxurious feel to the cabin
- Elegance and quality of the interior is very up-market
- Five big air vents across the dash
- Smart tablet-style satnav and infotainment screen high up on the dash
- Good to drive, feels nimble for the size of car
- Nicely-weighted steering with good feel to it
- Pleasing ride quality, cushions the bumps well with Airmatic air suspension
- Excellent seat comfort
- Good fuel economy for a car this size
- Good size boot, now 5 litres bigger than previous model
- Active scent dispenser to keep the cabin air sweet
What We Disliked
- Diesel engine could be quieter
- Boot access narrows towards the bumper
- Piano black trim in some versions is a bit bling
- That big Mercedes logo in the front grille is quite in-yer-face
- We miss the familiar upright three-pointed star on the bonnet, sitting behind that is part of the traditional experience of driving a Mercedes
What We Would Like To See
- A bit more soundproofing to hush the diesel engine, which has a tendency to be a bit gruff when worked hard.
Mercedes has done a fine job with its latest C-Class. It is more stylish inside and out. The body is more streamlined, and the cabin has undergone a major upgrade and is very classy. The engineers have worked hard on efficiency, and for a car this size the fuel economy and emissions are very good.1 May 2014
Mercedes Benz C-Class Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mercedes Benz C220 BlueTEC AMG Line|
|Body Type||4-door Saloon|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||146 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 01/05/14)||£34,335|