What is Class C?
First launched in 1982, the world has seen five generations of the C-Class. Launched in India in 2001, more than 37,000 units have been sold here. At one time it was the entry-level Mercedes-Benz in India, but now it’s a luxury car that is appropriate in almost every aspect – be it comfort, connectivity, technology or attention to detail.
What determines its design?
It has grown in size (almost the size of the previous generation E-Class), and the design is quite similar to the S-Class, especially the rear area with two-section taillights. It has a longer wheelbase compared to the previous generation C-Class.
How is the cabin?
The dashboard looks like a work of art and appears to be inspired by the S-Class. Tech-certified features of the S-Class include the large center screen (equipped with the latest generation NTG7, the company’s proprietary infotainment system), extensive customization and biometric authentication, wireless smartphone integration, and over-the-air updates for car software. The front seats are very spacious, and the three-spoke steering wheel is very interesting.
There is so much “comfort” inside the cabin that it feels tailored around the passenger. For example, the center display is oriented to the driver, sun blinds in the left and right rear doors, electric sun blinds for the rear window, the rear seat backrest that folds completely for access to the trunk, and color-changing ambient lighting. The large central tunnel means there is room for only two passengers.
Despite the longer wheelbase compared to the previous generation model, the space to move around your legs is limited. The C-Class is clearly a driver’s car, rather than a chauffeur-driven car. Trunk space is limited – most of it is occupied by a spare tire.
What engines do you run?
The entry-level model (C 200) gets a 1,496 cc petrol engine (204 hp, 300 Nm). The 1993cc diesel engine is available in two options (200 hp / 440 Nm and 265 hp / 550 Nm). The latter propels the car forward like a rocket, with an acceleration of 0-100 km/h with a time of just 5.7 seconds.
How do you drive?
On the petrol model, the cabin is eerily quiet, but in the diesel engine rattle can be heard inside the cabin (which is normal for any diesel car). Once the engine warms up and you’re on the road, the rattle almost dies. On smooth roads, the C-class almost goes close to the road, and even when cornering at high speeds, it does not lose its line. But on bad roads or gravel, the ride becomes rough. On occasion, she removed her long speed breakers while driving through villages near Mussoorie.
How good is the purchase?
At Rs 55 lakh to a previous showroom of Rs 61 lakh, it is very expensive. Its traditional rivals (BMW 3 Series for Rs 46.9 lakh and Audi A4 for Rs 40.5 lakh) find it more value for money. But Mercedes-Benz India currently has its place in the sun, it has nearly 5,000 reservations, demand is strong, and it can command some premium. But it’s also a fact that the new C-Class, a small limousine, looks a lot better than its competitors, and its competitor will likely be the equally priced 3 Series Gran Limousine.
|a variable||c 200||c 200 d||c 300 d|
|Energy||150 kW (204 hp)||147 kW (200 hp)||195 kW (265 hp)|
|torque||300 N||440 N||550 N|
|0-100 km/h||7.3 seconds||7.3 seconds||5.7 seconds|
|price||55 lakh rupees||56 lakh rupees||61 lakh rupees|
Competitors: BMW 3 Series (46.9 lakh) and 3 Series Gran Limousine (54.5 lakh), Audi A4 (40.5 lakh) and Volvo S60 (45.9 lakh)