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Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220d AMG Line Premium Plus 2dr Auto, Comand Nav System, Panoramic Roof, Burmester Audio 2.1 Diesel Automatic Coupe (2017) at Volvo Horsham

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£23,000

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Specification includes Premium Plus Pack with Panoramic Sunroof, COMAND Satellite Navigation, Larger Infotainment Display, Gesture Control Centre Touchpad with Handwriting Recognition or Control Wheel, Electrically Adjustable and Heated Front Seats with Memory, Burmester Surround Sound System, Reversing Camera, Auto Parallel and 90 Degree Park Pilot System, Keyless Entry and Drive, Push Button Start, Electrically Adjustable Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column, Easy Entry and Exit Function, Electronic Seat Belt Butler, Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone and Audio Streaming, DAB Radio, CD Player, 2x USB Ports, Digital Media Card Reader, Electronically Selectable Driving Modes, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, LED Multi Beam Headlights, Power Tailgate Closing, Folding Rear Seats, 19 Inch Diamond Cut AMG Alloy Wheels, Ambient Lighting, Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Gear Shifters, Dual Zone Climate Controlled Air Conditioning and much more. Please call for further information and to arrange your viewing.

19/06/2017

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Diesel 61.4 combined MPG

Canvansite Blue Metallic

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MOT Certificate

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Electric windows one touch open/close, Green tinted glass, Rain sensor windscreen wipers, Side windows surround in polished aluminium

Brakes

ABS + BAS, Adaptive brake system, Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs, Electronic parking brake, ESP with ASR, Hill hold control, Hill start assist

Communication

Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone

Driver Aids

Active park assist with parktronic system, Attention assist, Collision prevention assist plus, DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual), Speed sensitive steering

Driver Convenience

Remote boot release

Driver Information

COMAND online nav with colour display, radio/CD/DVD/MP3, SD card, 10GB music, Emergency Call system, speed limit assist, linguatronic voice control, Instrument cluster with 5.5-inch TFT multi-function display, Multi function trip computer, Outside temperature gauge, Service indicator (ASSYST)

Driving Mirrors

Auto dimming driver's door mirror, Auto dimming rear view mirror, Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors

Engine

Diesel particulate filter

Entertainment

2 USB ports, Burmester surround sound system, DAB digital radio module, Frontbass loudspeakers, Media interface, Steering column mounted multifunction controls

Exterior Body Features

AMG front, rear apron and side skirts, Body coloured bumpers, Chrome grille surround, Door sill plates with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering, Electric front sliding and fixed rear panoramic glass sunroof, Radiator grille with integral star, Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes

Exterior Lights

Adaptive brake lights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Auto dual-zone climate control system

Interior Features

2 cupholders in front centre console, 3 spoke flat bottom multi-function leather AMG steering wheel, Front centre armrest with storage compartment, Height/reach adjustable steering column, Illuminated glovebox, Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs, Steering wheel gearshift paddles

Interior Lights

Advanced multicolour ambient light and LED interior light, Door courtesy lamps, Front footwell illumination, Illuminated front/rear door handle recesses, LED reading lights

Packs

Memory pack - C Class, Seat comfort pack - C Class, Stowage pack - C Class

Safety

2 rear seatbelts, Active bonnet, Drivers knee airbag, Drivers pelvis airbag, Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags, Front side airbags, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle and first aid kit, Window airbags

Seats

2 rear head restraints, 4-way lumbar support for drivers seat, 4-way lumbar support for front passenger seat, 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor, Electric front seats, Electric height adjustable front seats, Heated front seats, Isofix rear child seat fastenings, Sports seats with integrated headrests

Security

Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser, Chrome surround electric key, Keyless entry and keyless start, Remote central locking

Vanity Mirrors

Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Wheels - Spare

Tyre inflation kit

General

AdBlue: True
Badge Engine CC: 2.1
Badge Power: 170
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: d
Coin Series: AMG Line Prem Plus
Generation Mark: 4
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 33E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 15500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.18
CO2 (g/km): 117
HC: N
HC+NOx: 0.079
Noise Level dB(A): 71
NOx: 0.067
Particles: 0.0004
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 2143
Compression Ratio: 16.2:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 99
Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
Gears: 9 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 61.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 70.6
EC Urban (mpg): 50.4

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.5
Engine Power - BHP: 170
Engine Power - KW: 125
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 3000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
Engine Torque - NM: 400
Engine Torque - RPM: 1400
Top Speed: 145

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1405
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4686
Wheelbase: 2840
Width: 1810
Width (including mirrors): 2016

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 41
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2095
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 400
Max. Loading Weight: 480
Max. Roof Load: 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
Minimum Kerbweight: 1615
No. of Seats: 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2

CLASS OF THE FIELD? (new2) 23/03/2018

This improved Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is better placed than ever before to put one over on its domestic rivals. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The smallest coupe that Mercedes-Benz makes could also arguably be said to be the best, at least from the point of view of an enthusiastic driver. This improved second generation C-Class Coupe targets two-door versions of BMW's 4 Series and Audi's A5 more effectively than the Three-Pointed Star has ever managed to do before.

Background

For some time, BMW and Audi had the mid-sized executive coupe sector to themselves; BMW with the 3 Series Coupe model that became the 4 Series Coupe: Audi with its A5. Mercedes introduced a C-Class Coupe model in 2011 to try and face up to these competitors, but it didn't make much headway. Only with the introduction of the second generation C-Class Coupe in 2015 was the Three-Pointed Star finally able to take on its Teutonic rivals at their own game. Here was a car that handled considerably more sharply than its four-door C-Class showroom stablemate. In fact, it was a good match against an equivalent 4 Series or A5 Coupe model. The only fly in the ointment were the carry-over base petrol and diesel engines that most customers had to be content with. If Mercedes could produce something better in this area, you felt, then it really would have a very complete contender on its hands. Well, with this revised second generation C-Class Coupe design, that's just what the Stuttgart brand has brought us.

Driving Experience

When we first tested the original version of this second generation C-Class coupe, we were particularly impressed by its surprisingly sharp handling dynamics. This attribute continues with the revised range but here, perhaps the most important news is the introduction of fresh mainstream petrol and diesel engines beneath the bonnet. The range kicks off with the 156hp 1.6-litre petrol engine used in the base C180, but ideally, you'd begin your perusal of the line-up with a more modern unit, the 1.5-litre 184hp petrol unit fitted to the base C200, a model available in rear-driven or 4MATIC form. This powerplant features clever 'EQ Boost' technology which uses a 48volt on-board network with a belt-driven starter/alternator. There's also a 258hp 2.0-litre petrol variant, the C300. Many C-Class Cabriolet customers still want a diesel, usually the 2.0-litre 194hp powerplant fitted to the C220d variant, which can be had in rear-driven or 4MATIC form. There's also a C300d variant with the same engine tuned out to 245hp. At the top of the range lie the fearsome Mercedes-AMG models, offered with V6 or V8 power. The V6-engined C 43 4MATIC now puts out 390hp, 23hp more than before. That's enough to take a C 43 Coupe from rest to 62mph in just 4.7s. Beyond that lies only the V8 C63 S AMG model, with a 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo engine offering 510hp.

Design and Build

The styling of this revised second generation C-class Coupe isn't much different, a revised front bumper slotting under the smart diamond radiator grille which is flanked by standard-fit LED High Performance headlights. As before, a high beltline and frameless doors with free-standing exterior mirrors aim to underscore the sporty character. One particular highlight is the long drawn-out dropping line typical of a coupe. In contrast to the C-Class Saloon, the dropping line extends further past the rear wheel arch. To underscore the Coupe's sporty disposition, the suspension is 15 millimetres lower than that of the Saloon. Inside, the cabin gets the option of the fully-digital instrument display, a 12.3-inch TFT screen that replaces the conventional dials using technology borrowed from larger Mercedes models. You can customise the layout between three display styles - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Progressive'. As before, flowing forms characterise the centre console as well as the door and rear side panelling, which smoothly merge into one another to emphasise the coupe character. There are front sports seats specifically designed for this Coupe variant and featuring automatic belt feeders for added convenience. The choice of materials and the finish have a hand-crafted feel with high-class appeal and aim to deliver a fresh take on modern luxury.

Market and Model

Expect pricing to be much as before, which means that most models will be sold in the £37,000 to £40,000 bracket. There's just one trim level - 'AMG Line' - before you get to the top Mercedes-AMG variants. Intelligent 'MULTIBEAM LED' headlights that adjust to road conditions are now optional. As with all modern Mercedes vehicles, buyers will be attracted by solid build quality and a certain familiarity with the look and feel of the cabin. This coupe sees many of the features that previously only appeared on £50k+ models filtering down to more affordable versions. One example of this is the air conditioning system that uses satellite navigation to detect tunnels. Having identified one, it closes the air recirculation flap automatically when you enter the tunnel to prevent bad smells from filtering into the cabin, then opens it again when you exit. This revised model features the option of Mercedes' latest 'level 2' autonomous driving technology, with improved camera and radar systems that allow it to see up to 500m ahead. You'll need the optional 'Driving Assistance Package' for that, which features the brand's 'Active Distance Control DISTRONIC' active cruise control system which can draw on navigational data to predictively adjust your speed. Other new developments include intuitively understandable 'Active Lane Change Assist' and 'Active Emergency Stop Assist' as new functions of the existing 'Active Steering Assist' set-up. Plus the capability of the standard Active Brake Assist autonomous braking system has been extended to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.5-litre EQ Boost petrol engine fitted to the base C200 enables a useful improvement in efficiency to be possible, so don't automatically opt for a diesel this time round. It puts out 142g/km of CO2 (WLTP) and up to 42.8mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. This unit features a clever starter/alternator that during deceleration recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery. For auto models, there's also a gliding mode that operates at cruising speeds, switching the engine off, before seamlessly re-starting it when you brush your foot against the throttle. And a 'recuperative brake with intelligent engine stop' function which also works when the vehicle is coasting. Mercedes says that internal friction is much reduced with this new four cylinder unit. As for the 2.0-litre diesel engine fitted to the C220d, well it performs to the latest super-stringent Euro 6d-TEMP standard and uses a particularly efficient 'step recess' combustion process - named after the shape of the combustion case in the piston. Internal friction is also reduced here - by around 25% - and the engine's more compact, leading to significant efficiency benefits. It puts out 117g/km of CO2 (WLTP) and up to 54.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. What else? Well maintenance costs will be kept down thanks to an ASSYST Plus service indicator on the dash that'll calculates precisely when a dealer visit might be needed. And residual values will be as high if not higher than anything else in the class.

Summary

The only area where this second generation C-Class Coupe really needed improvement was when it came to the most affordable petrol and diesel engines. Now that these have been brought up to date, this car looks a very complete package indeed. No luxury brand - come to think of it, no other brand of any kind - offers a wider choice when it comes to coupe motoring than Mercedes-Benz. This C-Class Coupe may be the marque's most affordable offering when it comes to this kind of car, but it still feels of very high quality indeed. But that you would expect. What might be more of a surprise is just how satisfying a driver's machine this model can be, especially in its more powerful forms thanks to clever suspension and a hi-tech range of engines. The top C 63 AMG variant is a potential BMW M4-beater and even more affordable versions - the volume diesel derivatives for example - can be remarkably rewarding on the right road, even if the sporty AMG add-ons do slightly affect running costs. You could argue that many potential Mercedes buyers won't especially value this car's surprisingly dynamic repertoire - and you might be right. Important though, we think, for the Stuttgart brand to show that it was capable of providing it. If that was the intention, then the job's been done well.

C SHARP (new2) 09/03/2018

The Mercedes C-Class has sharpened up its act and in doing so has become a force to be reckoned with. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

This much improved version of the fourth generation Mercedes C-Class features a package of significant enhancements. The exterior revisions are subtle but inside there are important changes, including the option of a fully-digital instrument cluster. As previously, the core range is built around saloon and estate models and there are fresh entry-level petrol and diesel engine options. Plus the driving experience has been enhanced with the optional application of Mercedes' latest autonomous driving technology.

Background

This fourth generation '205' model series C-Class has delivered a stronger proposition with a greater focus than was the case with its predecessors. That's been necessary for two reasons. First, stronger competition in the mid-sized premium badged executive saloon and estate segment, not only from the usual suspects, BMW's 3 Series and Audi's A4, but also from cars like the Jaguar XE and the Lexus IS. Secondly, there's been the fact that Mercedes buyers have had an alternative to this car in the shape of the brand's similarly priced and comparably sized CLA four-door coupe. Since this MK4 model's original launch at the end of 2013, Mercedes has gradually broadened out the range, first with fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG performance derivatives, then with sleek Coupe and Cabriolet body styles. By early 2018 though, it was clear that a little more remedial work would be needed to keep this car competitive with the best of the opposition, hence the introduction of the heavily revised version we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

The C-Class has for some time been, and will continue to be, a car with a clear focus on comfort and refinement - at least in its mainstream guises anyway. It was the first model in this class to offer the option of air suspension, though most buyers stick with the standard steel springs. As before, across the range there's a standard 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system - and you can add to that with optional 'DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL' adaptive damping. All models come as standard with 9G-Tronic automatic transmssion, which now features nine speeds and buyers certainly aren't short of engine options, with most still likely to want a diesel. There's a base 160hp 1.5-litre unit in the C200d. But most buyers opt for the 2.0-litre 194hp unit on offer in the C220d variant, which offers the option of 4MATIC 4WD. The entry-level petrol unit in the base C180 is a 1.6-litre 156hp powerplant, but ideally you'd stretch to the more modern, much perkier 184hp 1.5-litre engine installed in the C200 which features the brand's latest 'EQ Boost' technology using a 48volt on-board network with a belt-driven starter/alternator. When accelerating, 'EQ Boost' system can assist the engine with an additional 14hp, bridging the brief moment until the turbocharger has built up its full charge pressure. 4MATIC 4WD is optional. Mercedes has also developed a 2.0-litre 258hp version of this petrol engine for the C300 derivative. Beyond that lie only the Mercedes-AMG high performance derivatives. The first of these, the 3.0-litre V6 C43 4MATIC, now puts out 390hp, 23hp more than before. Beyond that lies only the V8 C63 AMG model, with a 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo engine offering either 476 or 510hp.

Design and Build

You'd have to know the C-Class quite well - or be a Mercedes sales person - to immediately notice the exterior aesthetic changes made to this revised model. The design of the front and rear lights is defined by clear-lined contours. On both the saloon and the estate, the bumpers have been re-styled both front and rear and the sportier 'AMG Line'-trimmed models get a sleeker front apron and rear diffuser. Large wheels emphasise the rear and communicate a stylishly sporty character, while 'intelligent' Multi-Beam LED headlamps that adapt to toad conditions are now optional. Inside, the alterations are more obvious, with the introduction - as an option - of the fully digital instrument display already familiar from the brand's E-Class and S-Class models, complete with touch-sensitive steering wheel buttons. This is complemented by now-larger centre console screens that can be either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size, the latter format used for the top 'COMMAND' multi-media set-up that many customers will want. Otherwise, it's much as before, with a broad centre console swooping between the front occupants. In the back, rear seats space isn't especially generous but there's a very class-competitive 480-litres of boot space too. With the estate, the figure's 490-litres.

Market and Model

Prices haven't changed too much, as before sitting mainly in the £30,000 to £50,000 bracket. There are two main body styles, saloon and estate - plus coupe and cabriolet derivatives too. And for the four door and the station wagon, three trim levels, 'SE', 'Sport' and 'AMG Line' before you then get into the super-serious Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC and C63 high performance models. As for equipment, well that's more generous than it used to be. Media connectivity will be important to likely customers, so every C-Class comes as standard with an 'Audio 20' multimedia system featuring two USB ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth connection and media interface. Many though will want to upgrade to the 10.25-inch 'COMAND Online' centre-dash screen that boasts fast 3D hard-disc navigation and access to a Concierge service that'll connect you through to help with every aspect of your journey. This can connect into a 12.3-inch digital cockpit display. There's now an optional wireless charger and an 'Energizing' comfort control system that links various interior functions to create a series of relaxing themes. Plus there are now two optional audio upgrade choices - a 9-speaker 225-watt set-up and the top Burmester surround sound system. Safety-wise, 'Active Brake Assist' autonomous braking is standard. And there's an optional 'Driving Assistance' package that delivers the 'Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC' system enabling 'level 2' autonomous driving capability.

Cost of Ownership

The new 1.5-litre EQ Boost petrol engine fitted to the base C200 enables a useful improvement in efficiency to be possible, so don't automatically opt for a diesel this time round. It features a clever starter/alternator that during deceleration recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery. For auto models, there's also a gliding mode that operates at cruising speeds, switching the engine off, before seamlessly re-starting it when you brush your foot against the throttle. And a 'recuperative brake with intelligent engine stop' function which also works when the vehicle is coasting. Mercedes says that internal friction is much reduced with this new four cylinder unit. It manages 53.3mpg on the combined cycle in a 2WD saloon model on standard wheels, while emitting 123g/km of CO2. As for the new 2.0-litre diesel engine fitted to the C220d, well it performs to the latest super-stringent Euro 6d-TEMP standard and uses a particularly efficient 'step recess' combustion process - named after the shape of the combustion case in the piston. Internal friction is also reduced here - by around 25% - and the engine's more compact, leading to significant efficiency benefits. A C220d saloon 2WD model on standard wheels manages up to 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 117g/km. What else might potential C-Class buyers need to know? Well maintenance costs will be kept down thanks to an ASSYST Plus service indicator on the dash that'll calculates precisely when a dealer visit might be needed. And residual values will be as high if not higher than anything else in the class.

Summary

Is this improved Mercedes C-Class good enough to score conquest sales from its key competitors? Only a positive answer will do for Mercedes. Potential Audi customers will like the high technology - the intelligent headlamps, the autonomous driving kit and so on. Wavering BMW buyers may be tempted by the sophisticated petrol engine technology. And both groups will appreciate the class-leadingly luxurious cabin and the impressively high likely residual values. Don't get me wrong - Mercedes still has work to do with this car, primarily in terms of weight-saving in comparison to rivals. But on the evidence of this model, the signs are that its rivals are going to have to up their game.

HEY GOOD LOOKING (family) 23/03/2018

The C-Class Coupe serves up a low key but high concept slice of modern Mercedes design. June Neary tries it.

Will It Suit Me?

I was always a secret admirer of the old Mercedes CLK coupe and I say secret because, while I always recognised the car was never quite as good as a BMW 3 Series coupe of the same period, I preferred the Mercedes' styling and didn't want to be labelled superficial. I always longed for a sleek two-door Mercedes that was not only achingly pretty but also able to mix it with BMW's best in every other area. Now I know that coupes are usually one class of car that get an exemption from most of the normal rules based on the way they look, and it has to be said that this latest C-Class Coupe does look extremely good, but as soon as it arrived, I began searching for the catch. The good news? So far, I don't seem to have discovered any notable caveats.

Practicalities

The C-Class Coupe doesn't cost an awful lot less than Mercedes' E-Class Coupe and you have to wonder whether there's really space for both models in the market. Mercedes reason that older buyers will prefer the E, while the young - and the young at heart - will prefer the C-Class. They're both handsome pieces of styling, but I'd go for the C-Class every time. Unless you can stretch to the fire-breathing C63 AMG models, the styling of the C-Class is rather low key, with the modern Mercedes family face grafted onto a sleek and, yes, mature profile. The rearmost side window shape looks suspiciously like a BMW which in itself is no bad thing, and the only design detail that you'd need to be careful of are the wheels. The 18-inch alloy wheels can look a little lost with those big slab flanks, so much as I enjoy a smooth-riding car, I think I might be tempted to go for a 19-inch wheel to give the car the right amount of visual balance. As with all coupe models in this class, there's not a great deal of room in the back, but that's hardly big news. The boot is a decent size and the rear seats fold down if you need to carry long items.

Behind the Wheel

Jump inside and you'll find the C-Class Coupe has been treated to the same high quality fittings that Mercedes has bestowed upon the latest C-Class saloon and estate. The materials quality is far higher than C-Class models of the past and there's plenty of space for front seat occupants although the rears remain best left for small kids or handbags. This C-class also gets the option of the fully-digital instrument display, a 12.3-inch TFT screen that replaces the conventional dials using technology borrowed from larger Mercedes models. You can customise the layout between three display styles - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Progressive'. As before, flowing forms characterise the centre console as well as the door and rear side panelling, which smoothly merge into one another to emphasise the coupe character. There are front sports seats specifically designed for this Coupe variant and featuring automatic belt feeders for added convenience. Engines? The range kicks off with the new 1.5-litre petrol unit fitted to the base C200, a model available either rear-driven or with 4MATIC AWD. This powerplant puts out 184hp and a useful 280Nm of torque, plus it features clever 'EQ Boost' technology which uses a 48volt on-board network with a belt-driven starter/alternator. When accelerating, 'EQ Boost' system can assist the engine with an additional 14hp, bridging the brief moment until the turbocharger has built up its full charge pressure. Mercedes has also developed a 2.0-litre 254hp version of this petrol engine for the C300 variant. There's a new four cylinder diesel too, the previous 2.1-litre unit now replaced by a state-of-the-art 2.0-litre powerplant with 194hp. Across the range there's a standard 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system - and you can add to that with optional 'DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL' adaptive damping. At the top of the range lie the fearsome Mercedes-AMG models, offered with V6 or V8 power. The V6-engined C43 4MATIC now puts out 390hp. At the top of the range is the C63 AMG which is most certainly not for the faint hearted. Developing a frankly overstuffed 476 or 510hp (depending on the variant chosen), this is a vehicle that will delight the skilled driver and terrify the timid in equal measures, as indeed a proper AMG product should.

Value For Money

Mercedes has priced the C-Class Coupe extremely carefully, taking into account the positioning of its E-Class two door as well as the BMW 4 Series Coupe and the Audi A5. Most models will be sold in the £38,000 to £40,000 bracket. Ongoing running costs are very competitive. The new 1.5-litre EQ Boost petrol engine fitted to the base C200 enables a useful improvement in efficiency to be possible, so don't automatically opt for a diesel this time round. It puts out 140g/km of CO2. This unit features a clever starter/alternator that during deceleration recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery. For auto models, there's also a gliding mode that operates at cruising speeds, switching the engine off, before seamlessly re-starting it when you brush your foot against the throttle. And a 'recuperative brake with intelligent engine stop' function which also works when the vehicle is coasting. Mercedes says that internal friction is much reduced with this new four cylinder unit.

Could I Live With One?

As long as you don't need to regularly transport adults (or adult-sized kids) in the back, then it's hard to see how anybody couldn't make space for a Mercedes C-Class Coupe in their lives, funds permitting of course. Unfortunately, funds aren't permitting right now, so as much as I would love a new C220d, it's back to the classifieds for me. I'm belatedly coming out of the closet and declaring my affection for that old CLK.

CLASS CEILING (family) 18/05/2018

Introduction

Mercedes is on a bit of a roll at the moment and the improved fourth generation C-Class clearly demonstrates quite what a task its rivals face. June Neary takes a look.

Will It Suit Me?

I'm not sure whether it's just me but Mercedes saloon cars have always had a very masculine air to them. It's something I've long felt about BMWs but not Audis. That's why I'd never been hugely drawn to the Mercedes C-Class in the past. It looked tidy, functional but never seemed possessed of much in the way of flair. The latest MK4 model is undeniably handsome but I fully expected that trend to continue. Our test car was a C220d diesel and I began to harbour images of those cream-coloured taxis you walk out of German airports into but when it arrived it was finished in a very attractive metallic colour with a decent set of alloy wheels that looked anything but utilitarian. I began to see why Janis Joplin wanted a Mercedes-Benz quite so badly.

Practicalities

Although I had been secretly hoping for one of the more powerful models, the C220d would, in truth, be more than enough car to satisfy my needs on a daily basis. I recall the previous generation car feeling far less solid than this design. Drop inside and you'll see where this Mercedes differentiates itself. There's now the option of the fully digital instrument display already familiar from the brand's E-Class and S-Class models, complete with touch-sensitive steering wheel buttons. This is complemented by now-larger centre console screens that can be either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size, the latter format used for the top 'COMMAND' multi-media set-up that many customers will want. Otherwise, it's much as before, with a broad centre console swooping between the front occupants. I didn't think rear seat room to be especially generous but there's a very class-competitive 480-litres of boot space too. With the estate, the figure's 490-litres. I was also pleased to find a generously-sized fuel tank which meant that the C220d has a range of up to around 900 miles.

Behind the Wheel

It's easy to get a comfortable driving position thanks to the multi-adjustable steering wheel and driver's seat and once inside you'll appreciate the restyled dashboard. And on the move? Well, the AGILITY SELECT driving modes switch allows the driver to select between Comfort, ECO, Sport, Sport+ and Individual settings. And you can add to that with optional 'DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL' adaptive damping. All models come as standard with 9G-Tronic automatic transmission (which now features nine speeds) and buyers certainly aren't short of engine options, with most still likely to want a diesel. There's a base 160hp 1.5-litre unit in the C200d. But most buyers opt for the 2.0-litre 194hp unit on offer in the C220d variant, which offers the option of 4MATIC 4WD. Petrol-wise, there's a 1.6-litre 156hp C180 version, then a C200 derivative which has a 184hp 1.5-litre powerplant featuring the latest 'EQ Boost' technology using a 48volt on-board network with a belt-driven starter/alternator. When accelerating, 'EQ Boost' system can assist the engine with an additional 14hp, bridging the brief moment until the turbocharger has built up its full charge pressure. 4MATIC 4WD is optional. Mercedes has also developed a 2.0-litre 258hp version of this petrol engine for the C300 derivative. Beyond that lie only the Mercedes-AMG high performance derivatives. The first of these, the 3.0-litre V6 C43 4MATIC, now puts out 390hp, 23hp more than before. Beyond that lies only the V8 C63 AMG model, with a 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo engine offering either 476 or 510hp.

Value For Money

I'd begun to think of the Mercedes C-Class as a really viable proposition until I came to the bottom line. The most affordable C180 version is priced at around £30,500, which is still quite a slug of cash for what is a compact family car. Mercedes can generate reams of data that indicate that because of its high resale price and low day to day running costs, that buying a car like this actually works out cheaper than choosing a top-end Mondeo or similar. It's why compact executive cars have pretty much killed off the mainstream sector that used to be populated with cars like Omegas and Scorpios. Couched in those terms, the C-Class isn't bad value for money at all, and when compared with rivals from BMW and Audi, the old Mercedes-Benz premium, where you had to pay around £1,000 extra for a car with the three-pointed star on its bonnet, just doesn't exist any longer. Small wonder sales are quite so strong.

Could I Live With One?

I'll be frank and admit that I didn't expect to bond with the Mercedes C-Class. After spending a week with the car, I found it to be charming, fun to drive and its sheer economy was liberating. Would I buy one? That's a toughie. The problem is that there are any number of cars for half or two thirds of the Mercedes' price that fulfil those criteria. I'm not a big badge snob and would sooner pay less up front but that's a very personal opinion. Speaking objectively, it's difficult to see how Mercedes could have done much better when building a mid-sized executive car.

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