Mercedes C220 CDI AMG Sport Plus review
On the outside it gets an AMG-style front apron, sideskirts and a rear spoiler, along with stiffened suspension, enhanced brakes and sports seats as standard.
The engines remain unchanged, however, as does performance. This means CO2 emissions of 136g/km, and average economy of 58.9mpg.
What’s the 2012 Mercedes C-Class 220 CDI AMG Sport Plus like to drive?
The suspension on the AMG Sport Plus has been lowered by 15mm to improve handling. It is also stiffer, albeit not so bad that it ruins the ride.
Despite the sporty makeover, performance remains unchanged, with emissions of 136g/km, and economy of 58.9mpg
As a result, it doesn’t make much difference to the handling either, with the C-Class still proving relatively agile. The steering is a decent mix of solid at speed and light and precise for parking.
The biggest downside is the noise, with the diesel unit sounding particularly raucous under hard acceleration.
If you want a more sporty edge, then the Dynamic Handling Package will help with this. For £500 you get a sharper throttle response, quicker gearshifts and even harsher suspension.
A sporty edge can be obtained with the £500 Dynamic Handling Package - giving sharper throttle response, quicker gearshifts and stiffer suspension
What’s the 2012 Mercedes C-Class 220 CDI AMG Sport Plus like inside?
The AMG Sport Plus’ interior gets red stitching on the steering wheel, door panels, centre console and even the gearlever surround, but more noticeable are the brightly coloured seatbelts.
There's plenty of room for four adults, but a fifth will struggle because of the large transmission tunnel. The optional panoramic sunroof is a nice touch if you like a light cabin, but avoid it if you value headroom.
The boot is one of the biggest in the class, and a decent shape.
Should I buy one?
Running costs and emissions remain unchanged, although the purchase price (and therefore the amount you'll pay in company car tax) does go up. The extra £1000 you pay for some visual changes to the standard Sport model mean that it's hard to recommend this model.
The extra £1000 you pay for some visual changes to the standard Sport makes it hard to recommend this model
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