I have had this car for 4 months now, and must say I am quite impressed. Having test driven the sport model, I beleive I made the correct choice by opting for the elegance. There is no way I could have dealt with that ride day in day out.
I also opted for the lingautronic sat nav at a cost of £2k. The sat nav is very impressive, but I cannot get along with the voice activated commands.
I was however very annoyed at having to pay £20 for cup holders, especially when there are two for the rear passengers.
I just hope that MB have improved on the build quality of recent years, but I must say up to now I am very impressed.
Ok this car is fabulous from top to toe ride, handling, brakes interior all the usual. However the automatic gearbox is absolutely garbage. It's extremely slow and unresponsive even in sports mode and in a car that costs 60k in Ireland i think this is unacceptable. If you want to see how an automatic gearbox should shift then drive a BMW 530d.
I have owned this car for around 8 months and I am more than happy with it.
The automatic box is smooth and predictable and the car handles very well.
It is frugal and on a recent trip from Birmingham to Edinburgh averaged 55mpg.
I note another review mentioning short service intervals. Since the interval is determined by how the car is driven it is down to the individual. 1st service for my wifes' C class sports coupe was 16,000 miles. I have covered 8,000 and I don't expect to see the garage for another four months at least.
More than acceptable intervals for me.
I have just driven this car with a view to consider purchasing one. My previous car was a Current Shape BMW 330d M Sport current model, which was total disaster. BMW UK has the most terrible customer service, my advice don't buy one!!! I am seriously looking at MB 220 CDi Sport Auto. List price £28,315. I looked very closely at the 320 CDi Sport Auto list price £32,490.00 but cannot see how MB can justify the price hike of £4,175.00 for an increase in power of 54 BHP, 110 NM Torque plus a more sophisticated 7 Speed auto box, remember the standard spec of the two cars remain the same. The car looks great, handles well has a great big boot boot. I found the engine a little rough, it needed to be pushed a little to much to get it going to counter this it was best driven around town in Sports mode. The ride was to firm and not best suited to driving on London's lovely roads!!! How can MB get away with charging customers £20.00 for a Front Cup Holder, £620.00 Metallic Paint, Parktronic £605.00. Bi -Xenon's £ 725.00 all this should be standard plus leather. Dont be fooled by the MB salesman saying ohhh we do not discount these cars or by saying we could offer you Mettalic Paint for free. One simple search froma well known respectable Internet car broker has already offer me close on 10% discount on a UK Supplied car. WAke up Mercedes and for once loose your attitude and offer your customers value for money!!!
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