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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Facelift Review: A Car for Those Who Love to Drive The cabin offers better quality, fit, finish and contrast as opposed to the outgoing C-Class

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STEP INSIDE the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class and you’ll notice it has a lot of new things to offer.

For starters, there is a large 10.25-inch infotainment display in the centre. You’ll also see a lot of brown open-pore walnut wooden inlays on the dashboard. The touch and feel of the wooden inlays shout quality, quality, and more quality. This is where a luxury brand differs from a premium one.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior

There is a command touchpad on the central console which is quite intuitive and easy to navigate. The AC vents are round and have a chrome metal finish adding to the car’s luxurious feel.

The media display supports Apple CarPlay, a feature that is now being incorporated by most car makers and the display is just wow. It has better resolution and clarity than the one you get on the Audi A4.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior Media Display

There is a new three-spoke steering wheel reminiscent of the E-Class which comes with a BlackBerry-style touchpad that helps the driver access navigation information and media features without having to lift his hands off of the wheel.

The touch pads are quite intuitive but there is a tendency to fire them while turning corners on the new C-Class. The instrument cluster, however, remains quite similar to the old C-Class – partially analog and partially digital. This is where the Audi A4 takes the cake with its virtual cockpit integration.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior Media Display Steering Wheel

The rear legroom and headroom pretty much remain the same with the new C-Class—comfortable for four passengers with the fifth being a squeeze.

Also, you only get rear AC vents on the new C-Class and not a different climate zone when compared to Audi’s A4. Overall the cabin offers better quality fit, finish and contrast as opposed to the outgoing C-Class and it is a cabin that one would love to spend time in.

There is also a sunroof on the new C-Class but for us, the ultimate cherry is the analog clock on the central console.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Drive Quality

Mercedes-Benz India has used a new engine on the C-Class. It is definitely quieter but has the punch that one would expect from a car of this calibre. Delivering 194 hp on the C 220d variant that we drove and 400 Nm of torque, the new C-Class is a mile muncher on highways.

The C-Class also offers a lot of grip and feels planted all the while on the road. You can choose from a range of driving modes as per your mood and requirement which makes the new C-Class a very practical car.

In terms of fuel efficiency, we were able to get a decent 15.5 km/l from the four-cylinder diesel engine of the C-Class which was quite astonishing since we drove it alternating between comfort and sports mode in the city as well as on highways for a good 450 km.

The 9G Tronic gearbox was also a delight and very non-invasive while we drove the vehicle. Also, we couldn’t help but notice that the NVH level inside the new C-Class are way better than what we had on the earlier one.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior Media Display Gearbox

The cabin is very quiet, comfortable and has a cosy feel. However, we didn’t like the low ground clearance on the car.

Verdict

With new features, a powerful engine and a bold look, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has certainly become a very desirable entry-level luxury sedan. It will appeal to many who love to drive their cars.

Starting at Rs 40 lakh ex-showroom, the price is also quite appealing. This also is a great contender for many who are looking to buy their first German luxury car.

Its closest competition is the Audi A4 right now since BMW’s new 3-series is all set for a model change next year.

The A4 is certainly more loaded with tech than the new C-Class, but where the new C-Class scores over the A4 is in terms of the quality that it offers and that big three-pointed star on the front that will scream that you have arrived in life.

Technical specifications of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Table 1

Facelift details of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Table 2

Pricing for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available in three variants, C 220d Prime, C 220d Progressive and the C 300d AMG Line and are priced at Rs 40 lakhs, Rs 44 lakhs and Rs 48.5 lakhs respectively.

~ENDS~

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