Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
A posh coupe exuberating with luxury
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is a sexy, sporty successor to the popular CLC, rivalling the BMW 3-series and Audi A5, the new C-class Coupé has got its work cut out. It’s a more premium choice with a different look and feel, hence attracting a new audience.
From the outside it’s relatively easy to tell a C-Class coupe from a sedan. It has two less doors for a start but also sports a unique silhouette. It’s hard to fault the C-Class coupe for its looks; in true Mercedes fashion it remains elegant, yet masculine enough to warrant respect. That’s a hard balance to achieve.
Gearbox: 7 speed shiftable/auto
Acceleration (0–60 MPH): 8.1 Seconds
Warranty: 3 Years
Fuel Economy: 23.5–68.9 MPG
Emissions: 139 g/km BAND E
Price: £29,965 — £68,495
Mercedes-Benz has launched the C-Class coupe range with a C180, C250 petrol and diesel plus a C350 and the C63 AMG Coupe. All variants will be driven through the rear wheels with power transmitted via a seven-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance C63 AMG and C63 AMG Black Series are insanely fast, but most buyers will opt for one of the more mainstream models. Petrol options include the turbocharged direct-injection C180 CGI (154bhp) and C250 CGI (201bhp), while the C350 CGI has a 302bhp V6. There are also two 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesels, the C220 CDI (168bhp) and C250 CDI (201bhp).
Ride & Handling
The Mercedes Benz C-Class even in the non-AMG form exudes athleticism. The chassis exudes a feeling of unflappable solidity, which goes a long way towards making the C-Class feel crisp and responsive. Optional air suspension joins the Mercedes C-Class lineup for the first time, and atones for the otherwise firm feedback provided by the car’s run-flat tyres. The system can be dialed to one of four styles — Comfort, ECO, Sport and Sport+ — and can help smooth out the ride dramatically.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan’s cabin is among the best in the class, with superior materials, outstanding construction quality and an eye-catching design. The C-Class’ front seats are roomy and the rear seat provides acceptable legroom. The C-Class’ trunk is somewhat small for the class. Standard features in the Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan include Bluetooth, two USB ports, push-button start, driver drowsiness monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, satellite radio, a Burmester audio system, Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, navigation, a rearview camera, parallel parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a Wi-Fi hot spot (requires subscription to Mercedes’ mbrace telematics service), pedestrian and cross traffic detection, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and a hands-free power trunk lid.
With gorgeous looks inside and out, powerful and efficient new engines as well as a host of new technological features, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has suddenly just distanced itself from its rivals. The car offers some impressive efficiency and has strong residual values. The equipment that all models come with as standard is generous, so you shouldn’t have to spend too much on extra options, which is certainly different from how things used to be with a Mercedes.