I have to disagree with What Car on many points about the C Class. The interior is classy, much nicer than the stark BMW 3 series or the plastic Volvo V60.The controls are practical and the info / entertainment / sat nav system is easy to use once you get used to it. The offset pedals are not an issue for me, I didn't even notice they were offset until I read a review!
I only have the C200cdi but performance is quite adequate and there is sufficient punch for sensible overtaking in safety. The engine is a bit grumbly low down but once up and running on the motorway (where I spend a lot of my time) is virtually inaudible. Ride is firm but not jarring, as I stayed with the standard 16" wheels and 55 section tyres. Certainly the ride deteriorates noticeably with the 18" wheels and low profile rubber. The manual gearbox is ok albeit not a slick as my previous Honda. The main criticism I have is that the reverse spring is too strong. The clutch is light and hill starts are fine even with the Mercedes parking brake. If this is a problem then there is a "brake hold" function which works perfectly for hill starts (push the brake pedal twice when stopped).
Even the 'base' spec SE Exec comes with climate, cruise, park sensors, rain sensing wipers, electric tailgate, USB/MP3/IPOD connection and bluetooth. Mine also has integrated Becker sat nav which is pretty good.
I've had this car for 6 months and so far it has been reliable, practical and a pleasure to drive. I went for the 350CDi because it sounded better than the 4 cylinder models and the power/torque was exactly what I wanted. Fuel economy is of course no where near what the manufacturer claims but I still getting an average of 38mpg across a mixture of motorway, B roads and town use so overall I think it's pretty good especially as I'm not what you would call light-footed. Handling and comfort is very good, better than you would think for a fairly bulky car and with the recent bad weather I've never felt unsafe when driving at speed. Obviously being an estate it is fairly practical but also very comfortable, it has all the equipment you need in Sport spec which I supplemented with a Becker Map Pilot as I though the Comand system by comparison was just too expensive to justify. The quality of the cabin is also very good, materials have a quality feel and instrumentation is logical and easy to understand. This is my third C class over the last 9 years interspersed with various BMWs and I think build quality on this one is markedly better compared to the others so overall I'm pleased with decision I made to buy it. Lets hope this continues into the future.
I have the AMG Sport Edition 125 C250CDI Estate, with 17 inch 5 spoke alloys (a no cost option) with COMMAND in Iridium Silver with black leather. The car looks good in my opinion in this colour combination. To date, I have covered c10K miles. Fit and finish is very good and everything feels very solid. On the road, the performance of the 2143cc engine and 204 bhp is brisk, with 0 - 60 mph coming up in 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 147 mph according to the manufacturer. It certainly feels quick enough for every situation that I imagine I am likely to experience, and acceleration is smooth and powerful enough for overtaking. Economy is good and still improving, achieving around 37 mpg in London driving. On the motorway it's easy to the get the car's computer up to 60 mpg. So overall, then the blend of performance and economy is excellent. Now to the ride quality. To be fair to Mercedes, the roads in parts of London (I can't comment on other parts of the UK as my driving is principally limited to within the M25) are very poor, with ironically the only intact surfaces being the ubiquitous speed humps. Over these broken surfaces the ride becomes unsettled and pretty much every bump is felt. The suggestion from the motoring press is the suspension settings, but I do find that driving along I am weaving to avoid even manhole covers to ensure the smoothest ride. To summarise, an excellent car with a great blend of performance and economy and highly recommended.
After driving a 2009 C220 estate, I had a good look at the competition before deciding on another. Rejected the Audi due to continued reports of poor seat comfort and rejected the BMW as it is so common, although a nice enough car. Delivered on time in September, and found to be better inside than the previous model. This is only a manual and to be honest would prefer the auto, but don't find the manual gearbox bad at all apart from an over strong spring across to reverse. Hill starts no issue at all. The distractions - sorry - "driver aids" in the binnacle such as the parking advice and the eco display are simply an irritation but the large digital speedo selection is very good. The engine feels a lot more gruff than the previous model but with only 2000 miles covered it is still a bit tight. I can live with it anyway. The car feels very well build indeed, like a traditional mercedes from the past and I have no doubt that this car will give me three years of very reliable service before I get something else. I like it and would recommend it. Fuel economy on 2/3 dual carriagway and 1/3 urban roads based on real consumption (not the trip) is very good, at an average of 54MPG
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