Luxurious, but worth it?

The new Mercedes C-Class has an overall classy and stylish look, but an average on-road performance makes this sedan somewhat flawed

autos Updated: Apr 27, 2015 10:19 IST
Arun Changrani
Arun Changrani
Hindustan Times
Luxurious,Mercedes C-Class,S-Class

The new Mercedes C-Class has an overall classy and stylish look, but an average on-road performance makes this sedan somewhat flawed

The good
Inspired directly from the S-Class, the new Mercedes C-Class brings forward the three-pointed star manufacturer’s latest design philosophy. It is highlighted through a prominent sporty grille comprising of an inserted star (Mercedes logo) and striking LED head lamp ­clusters, with day time running lights merging seamlessly into the side profile. A sharp edged line rising from the front to the rear door ­provides the sedan with a longer look. Tucked away below the rear bumper are exhausts that get better ­prominence due to the chrome treatment. Apart from this, the rear profile boosts of elegant tail lights and the overhang, which is distinctive in character.

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Step inside and the cabin feels luxurious, with various ­elements on the dashboard. A large 8.4 inch TFT screen, three-circular AC vents and a waterfall inspired center-console bearing a glossy wood and aluminum finish around corners, gives the interiors quite a classy look. To top this, the brushed-aluminum switches provided on the ­console, further complement the cabin. Features like 3D ­navigation, touchpad in the center and the ambient lighting give a rich feel to the interiors. The seats in the front come with adjustable thigh-support, while there is good legroom with ­sufficient headroom at the rear.

The C-Class comes in two engine options — C 200 petrol and C 220 diesel. Both motors feel refined and come mated with a 7-speed automatic ­transmission. It offers 5 driving modes comprising of Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual, which lets you ­customise settings according to your needs. The car also comes with paddle-shifts as standard fitment. On the whole, the engine is pretty responsive — even at high speeds. Overall, this sedan is the best in ­comparison to its competition.

The bad
Speaking of the shortcomings, the rear seat does not offer enough thigh-­support. Another glaring flaw that restricts occupancy is the high central transmission tunnel, which makes the C-Class apt for four passengers only. Also, the diesel engine comes across as a bit noisy, which can be a downside.

The ugly
In the Sports+ mode, the power plant really comes to life, but the synchronization of the transmission is a bit abrupt. With every shift, either up or down, there is a noticeable jerk, which was not to our liking. Putting it aside, in the rest of the modes, the gearbox is a bit sloppy, as it takes its own time to get going. With a decent ride quality, the odd pothole on the road can become an issue, as the ­suspension could give away a loud thud sound.

First Published: Apr 27, 2015 09:50 IST