I also have to disagree with the rather pessimistic review of the C class Estate. They must have been given a Friday afternoon car! I live up in the mountains during the winter ski season. Had the option of a 4matic Estate version, (only LHD), with 6 cylinder diesel. (C300CDi 4Matic).Gives truly exceptional traction with snow tyres in winter and heavy rain on motorways on summer tyres is effortless and surefooted. Superb all rounder, great drivers aides, lane assist, distronic cruise and blind spot assist immensely useful on 1,000km plus runs. 150miles an hour car, with sub 7 second 0-60 yet 40plus mpg at 130kph on motorways. Lovely interior and in my opinion really good looking exterior compared to the 'audis all the sames' and BMW's. I have the sport but with standard suspension and 17inch wheels, so ride very smooth and compliant. My only real criticism...and its a big disappointment, are the front seats which are too hard and angled in such a way that they tend to crush the lower vertebrae of both myself and my wife on long journeys. Leaning the back rest back helps, but hardly ideal. Major cock up by Mercedes to save a few quid for the bean counters and would put me off buying another Mercedes to be honest, which is a shame as a came from the S class and previously owned four other Mercedes. Expensive car, but you get what you pay for,(apart from the seats where a Fiat 500 is vastly superior in this respect!). Good dealer service too which I never had with BMW
In some way I understand What Car the dark interiors are a tad bland. I have sahara beige interior which lifts the the inside hugely. The 220 diesel which I have is no rougher than many VW or even BMW Ive had, if the reviewer was a petrolhead then yes its rough and noisy I guess. I have the auto which is great and the one to get, had a few sensor issues but I love the car, I like a boot as opposed to a hatchback, yes the car is pricey with all its additions but I like the shape, the drive and everything about it as indeed do many other owners which contradicts the What Car review somewhat. Its MPG for your info is just about the same as my Wifes Honda Jazz 1.4 petrol, on the motorway I would say better. As I fill her car I see the Jazz mpg regularly
I'm writing this review as I honestly do not recognise the car that What Car have reviewed as the car I've purchased. I test drove the C Class 180CGI Blue Efficiancy model and was stunned by it's refinement and drive. True the 3 Series is a great car, but this is more refined - I've driven both. I was suprised at the driveability of the engine, with decent tourque across the range, and very lively in sport mode. The interior feels more upmarket than the 2 series too. I opted for the petrol given the price differential between this and deisel and am finding the car extemely economical with 42.8 average over 3000 miles. its probably slightly too early to judge running cost apart from the dirt cheap insurance and the (In my view) decent fuel consumption for a 1.9 litre petrol auto. I was that impressed I bought one.
I've had my C250CDi for over two years and 43000 miles and remain absolutely delighted with the car. Its everything a 3 series isnt - stylish, comfortable and very well made. Sadly the British Press and What Car in particular always mark the C Class down. I have absolutely no idea why, although the cynic in me would say that the British motoring press enjoy far too comfortable a relationship with BMW that must impact on their judgement when testing cars
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