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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class is not just a giant leap forward for the German company and its customers, but an insight into the future of automotive engineering. With over 2000 new parts introduced, the mid-life facelift further improves the C-Class’s outstanding credentials.

Although the Mercedes-Benz S-Class still remains the model that showcases the best that the Germans have to offer, for the first time the new C-Class is featuring technologies previously unseen across the Mercedes stable.

There is good reason for that too, as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the brand’s best selling model. Since its introduction in 1982, over 8.5 million examples have been sold, helped along by the current iteration, which has been a huge success.

You may not know it, but the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is not only outselling the likes of Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, but it’s one of the best selling medium cars in the country regardless of price. In April more people bought a C-Class than a Subaru Liberty, Honda Accord or even a Mazda6. Unbelievably, it was the second best selling medium car in the country, only beaten by the incomparable Toyota Camry which benefits from fleet sales. There must be something about the current generation C-Class that attracts buyers (the majority of which are private) at this scale.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

To keep the C-Class up to date, Mercedes-Benz has taken the mid-life update very seriously. There are substantial changes to the interior with subtle yet elegant touches for the exterior. It now comes packed with safety features previously unseen in the C-Class and most interestingly, it supports in-car internet technology allowing you to browse the web using the car’s onboard computer.

The average punter will have a hard time spotting the exterior changes, such as the new aluminium bonnet (saving 10kg in weight) and re-profiled front and rear bumpers which the company says bring the updated model more inline with the brand’s new design idiom.

If you look closely you will spot the restyled headlights that encompass an appropriately C-shaped light within them. There is also the introduction of LED daytime running lights that help modernise the C-Class’s design characteristics.

The rear tailights gain a bunch of new LEDs which glow a unique shape at night, while the boot now sports chrome highlights and LED licence plate illumination.

Despite it’s many achievements, the success of the current-generation C-Class has a lot to do with the way it looks, so the face-lift has subtly modernised the design without taking away the elegance of the overall shape.

While the exterior might be subtle in its update, the interior is a significant improvement. Perhaps that should come as no surprise as one of the more common criticism of the outgoing C-Class was its interior. The pop-up screen and analogue instrument dials have been axed in favour of an integrated full-colour TFT screen and a tube-like instrument that displays through a multi-function screen in the instrument cluster.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The steering wheel has been updated to include 12 buttons for easy access to the car’s many features. It’s available in either three or four spoke versions, depending on variant and options.

The front seats are comfortable with or without the sport seats (AMG pack) and pack enough cushioning for those really long drives. The rear has enough room to fit two large adults comfortably but can easily accommodate three for the shorter trips.

Sitting inside the updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class, it’s hard not to think that it leaves its closest rival, the BMW 3 Series, feeling somewhat mediocre. Whilst the 3 Series’ interior is designed to be more sporty (and it certainly is), the new C-Class oozes very much what we’ve come to expect from Mercedes-Benz: unparalleled class.

In the standard colour combinations we found the cabin ambience to be a little too dark, which is typical of nearly all German manufacturers. However, if you tick the right boxes on the order form, a multi-colour interior will keep the fashion-concious minds at ease.

All C-Class variants come with a TFT colour screen with the base model C 200 and C 200 CDI featuring a 5.8-inch screen. The C 250 and C 250 CDI Avantgarde and above variants make do with a 7-inch screen that comes with Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND computer system, which in many ways is just as capable as a modern netbook.

There is so much technology in the new C-Class that it’s going to require a lot of explaining to do it justice. The new C-Class COMAND system supports SD memory cards, USB sticks, Bluetooth phone, audio streaming and data tethering.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The 17.8 cm screen can be used to display photos read from SD memory or USB. You can zoom, rotate or whatever you fancy. It can stream music wirelessly from your smartphone (e.g. iPhone, Blackberry) or iPod touch (Bluetooth enabled) direct to the car’s stereo system. It can copy MP3s or other popular media formats to its hard drive for storage (10gb). It natively supports iPhone/iPods for a wired plugin (which also charges) and best of all, it has a very intuitive and simple sorting system for easy access to your songs. It displays the song title and in some cases even the cover art both in the COMAND screen and the multi-function screen in the instrument cluster. If you feel like being more social, you can even talk to your C-Class. “Next track” is all you have to say and it will quickly skip any embarrassing tune you’ve been keeping for those solo sing-alongs.

All of that is impressive, but nothing that we haven’t seen before. But wait, there is more. Much more. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class can go online, as in, literally, there is a browser built in to the COMAND operation system which acts like your iPad. Simply type in a URL and away you go. Browsing away happily. It works by first connecting to your smartphone and using that as a modem (for those in the know, it’s pretty much tethering your phone’s internet).

You might be thinking this feature is just a gimmick which will never get any traction, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. There are some remarkable things you can do with the COMAND online system.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

Up to date weather details, a built-in internet browser that can access any website just like a normal computer (albeit without a mouse and no support for Adobe Flash) and a very integrated system with Google Maps and more.

If you’re taking a rather long or complicated journey, you can plan your route on your computer using Google Maps the night before, upload it via Google’s back end to your specific Mercedes-Benz (identified by the car’s VIN) so when you turn on your C-Class the next morning it can log in to Google and download the route direct into its navigation system.

This seamless integration of modern technology with in-car systems has been long coming, but the simplicity of how Mercedes-Benz has implemented it is a very exciting sign of what the future holds for the everyday car.

You can potentially also use this feature to remotely program your friend/parents’ car to guide them to exactly where you want them to go (if they give you permission to do so, of course).

The C-Class’s sat-nav is also as advanced as they come, showing 3D landmarks in their true form, helping you figure out exactly where you are at all times. If you happen to have a diesel model, the COMAND system can give you minute by minute fuel consumption figures using a well presented bar graph. A novel feature for those of us obsessed with fuel usage.

Looking for a new restaurant that has just opened? Don’t bother getting your smartphone out and googling directions (or worst yet, calling a friend), simply do it using the car’s online system and it will integrate into the car’s satelite navigation and set course. Thanks to Google Maps’ continuously updating database, a smart GPS system with up to date information has finally arrived. Essentially your Mercedes can be powered by Google and has access to the internet just like a normal computer.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

You wouldn’t think in-car internet could be so useful in its first-generation form, but frankly, if the Mercedes-Benz product manager for C-Class had told us that if we gave the car the right ingredients it could even make a pretty good latte, we would not have been surprised, such is the level of technological sophistication built into the C-Class.

Although not unique or a first to passenger vehicles, the C-Class also supports SUNA traffic broadcasting information integrated into its sat-nav. That means it will instantly know if there is an accident on your current route and offer alternative ways around it. It’s a fantastic feature if you live in densely populated areas.

With your smartphone paired, the system can display any incoming SMS messages on the large screen and even read them out using text-to-speech technology.

A lot more can be said about the COMAND online system and we suspect buyers will need a good day with the dealer to get the hang of how to fully utilise the system, but once you’ve become accustomed to it, it’s brilliant. There is one major limitation currently for the system – it doesn’t support data tethering with any iPhone. It works beautifully with Blackberry and Android powered smartphones but it’s currently not able to use the iPhone’s internet sharing ability. This is disappointing for us Apple lovers at CarAdvice but we understand this will be a temporary limitation and the system will support all phones in the not so distant future.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The only other criticism we can bestow, since we’re so picky, is that the colour combination of the COMAND system is not the most attractive. Despite being a full colour screen, there is only the one colour palette to pick from, which only utilises shades of black and gold. Perhaps soon there will be an AppStore system that you can download more applications (email client?) for your COMAND system and even new themes? Given the modularised design of the system, it’s not that unrealistic.

All this technology may seem overwhelming (and there is a lot more of it if you tick all the driver-assistant packages) for anyone that still thinks an iPad is a gadget. Ultimately though, it’s the future, so jump on board.

As a car that you drive around on a daily basis, the new C-Class is a very comfortable and classy vehicle. Mercedes-Benz Australia will initially launch the range with only four variants: C 200, C 200 CDI, C 250 and C 250 CDI. The C 300 and C 350 CDI will come later in the year, followed by the new Coupe and all three body styles of the updated C 63 AMG.

The petrol models have dropped the CGI badge in favour of a cleaner boot while the diesels continue to proudly wear the CDI badge. All variants have been upgraded to sport a 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission which drives the rear wheels.

The two initial diesel models (C 200/250 CDI) have such exceptional fuel economy figures (5.4L/100km and 5.1L/100km) that they fall beneath the luxury tax threshold (7L/100km for cars up to $75,000). This results in the C 250 petrol being the same price as the C 250 CDI ($67,990). This is great news for the 60 percent of current C-Class buyers that prefer diesel. With such exceptional fuel economy figures and the LCT incentive, it’s not hard to see why.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

All diesel variants are now equipped with start-stop technology, which means a C-Class will turn itself off when you stop at a set of traffic lights, springing back to life the instant you release the brake pedal or move the steering wheel. This helps save fuel (wasted unnecessarily when stopped) but also significantly reduces exterior noise. It may sound like an annoying feature at first but after about half an hour of driving you won’t even be able to tell that it’s happening. The engine on-off timing is very quick, so there is no delay in restarting. Nonetheless, there is an ECO button in the centre console which can be used to turn the system off.

We started our drive in a C 200 CDI from Melbourne Airport heading out of the city through a series of twisty mountain roads and long stretches of open highway. Powered by a 2.1-litre four-cyliner single-turbo diesel engine, the C 200 CDI produces 100kW and 330Nm of torque. It’s not what you’d call fast, but the torque output provides adequate pulling power for smooth highway overtaking and getting up those hilly streets. It goes from 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds. You might not believe it, but it uses just 5.4L/100km to do all of this. To put that into perspective, it’s 0.6L/100km less than the much-hyped Toyota Hybrid Camry.

In our humble opinion, the model to go for is the C 250 CDI. Borrowing its engine from the E Class range, it delivers an impressive 150kW and 500Nm of torque. Acceleration figures are reduced to just 7.1 seconds for the 0-100km/h dash while fuel economy is improved further to 5.1L/100km. Yes, that’s correct, the faster C 250 CDI, with more power than the C 200 CDI, uses less fuel. It has got to do with the sequential turbos and the clever engineering that goes into maximising every drop of fuel. The C 250 CDI is the perfect medium-sized car for both inner-city and highway driving. The sequential turbo setup provides generous pulling force which means it’s easy to drive and never lacks punch.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The C 300 – powered by a 3.5L six-cylinder engine that pumps out 185kW and 340Nm of torque - may present a great option if you want a petrol-powered family car that can do the 0-100km/h dash in six and a bit seconds. We didn’t have the opportunity to drive this model as it doesn’t go on sale until later this year

If you want the best but don’t want to upgrade to the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG, the C 350 CDI is the one that stands out. Powered by a 3.0L diesel V6, it has an impressive 195kW and a ridiculous 620Nm of torque (more than the AMG). It will do the 0-100km/h dash in six seconds flat and for a diesel family car, that’s fast. Fuel economy figures? 6.1L/100km. So yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.

As part of the drive program we drove C 250 CDIs with and without the AMG Sports package ($4850) both on the highway and around challenging roads. The AMG kit gives a range of exterior and interior improvements that toughen up the C-Class considerably, but more importantly it enables lowered sports suspension with uprated front brakes. On the highway the non-AMG-equipped variants are a little easier on the bumps, but around the twisty stuff it’s hard to overlook the package.

Compared with the BMW 3 Series with the M Sport kit, the C-Class’s steering feels a little lighter, which is great for around town, but doesn’t provide the same sporty feel as its closest rival. In saying that, it corners and grips just as well. Also unlike the Beemers, the C-Class’s electronic nanny controls can never be completely switched off (except in the AMG), meaning big brother will always be watching out for you in case you really get the car out of control. This is a good and bad feature depending on your point of view.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

As part of the upgrades there are additional driver assistant systems that can be optioned for the C-Class. The Lane Tracking package ($1890) provides a blind sport alert system (using radars embedded into the rear bumper) that will stop you from changing lanes into a fellow motorist. It can also vibrate the steering wheel in case you accidentally wander from your lane.

For example, if you’re in the far left lane and have become a tad too tired and mistakenly begin to wander towards the gutter on the left, the system will gently brake the front right wheel (helping push the car back towards to the right) while also vibrating the steering wheel as a warning. We tried this system many times (which may have made the unsuspecting drivers behind us think we were intoxicated) and it works rather well, so long as you’re still holding the steering wheel.

If you tick the box for Driving Assistance package plus ($2990), you get the already mentioned systems as well as Distronic plus, which is Mercedes-Benz’s version of active cruise control. The system acts like a normal cruise control system but can also vary its speed based on the car in front.

For example, if you set your cruise control speed at 120km/h on the highway, you can follow the car in front who may be doing 110km/h without ever getting too close. The system uses a variety of monitoring radars that will also slow the C-Class down to a stop in accordance with traffic. The system operates from 0-200km/h, so if you happen to commute to and from work everyday in peak hour traffic, you simply set the speed at 60km/h and your Mercedes will follow the car in front without you having to constantly brake (if you stop completely, you simply just tap the accelerator pedal to re-engage the system).

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

In summary, it’s hard to fault the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class as an overall package. With good looks, a great interior and technological features previously unimaginable, the C-Class presents a fantastic choice for a luxury family car. In essence, Mercedes-Benz has taken what was already the most successful car in its segment and improved it well and truly ahead of its competition.

2011 Mercedes-Benz C 200

  • Engine: 135kW/270Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol
  • Acceleration: 8.2 seconds (Estate: 8.1 seconds)
  • Economy and emissions: 7.2 litres/100km, 167g/km (Estate: 7.3 litres/100km, 170 g/km)

2011 Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI

  • Engine: 100kW/330Nm 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel
  • Acceleration: 9.2 seconds (Estate: 9.5 seconds)
  • Economy and emissions: 5.4 litres/100km, 143g/km (Estate: 5.5 litres/100km, 144 g/km)

 

2011 Mercedes-Benz C 250

  • Engine: 150kW/310Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol
  • Acceleration: 7.4 seconds (Estate: 7.4 seconds)
  • Economy and emissions: 7.2 litres/100km, 167g/km (Estate: 7.4 litres/100km, 173 g/km)

 

2011 Mercedes-Benz C 250 CDI

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
  • Engine: 150kW/500Nm 2.1-litre four-cylinder twin-turbocharged diesel
  • Acceleration: 7.0 seconds (Estate: 7.4 seconds)
  • Economy and emissions: 5.1 litres/100km, 134g/km (Estate: 5.3 litres/100km, 139 g/km)

 

2011 Mercedes-Benz C 300

  • Engine: 185kW/340Nm 3.5-litre six-cylinder petrol
  • Acceleration: TBA
  • Economy and emissions: 8.3 litres/100km, 194g/km

 

2011 Mercedes-Benz C 350 CDI

  • Engine: 195kW/620Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel
  • Acceleration: 6.0 seconds
  • Economy and emissions: 6.1 litres/100km, 160g/km

Prices

  • C 200 – $58,900 (+ $2,000 for estate)
  • C 200 CDI – $60,900 (+ $2,000 for estate)
  • C 250 – $67,900 (+ $2,000 for estate)
  • C 250 CDI – $67,900 (+ $2,000 for estate)
  • C 300 – $84,900 (available from June build)
  • C 350 CDI – $94,400 (available from June build)

 



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  • nickdl

    I like the styling improvements inside and out and the C250 CDI has a great engine. However I just wonder how much it costs to get all of the stuff you mentioned with the Comand system. Merc options are numerous and very expensive. It’s a lot of effort to work it out but would you be able to tell us how much the full Comand package is worth?

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      COMAND is standard on C 250 and above variants and a $4,470 option on the C 200s

      • nickdl

        Thanks for that. It’s actually really well priced. The sat-nav for most other makes of car can be well over half of that price and doesn’t have anywhere near the same amount of technology in it.

  • Sumpguard

    I agree with CA on the styling and have a had a close look at a few of these at the local dealer and they are beautifully finished inside and out.

    However in typical Euro fashion they list what many cheaper brands have standard now as options and charge through the nose for them to boost their profits .

  • Shak

    It seems as if MB have fixed what needed to be fixed, and thrown in some extra German-ness for good measure. This still seems like the mid-sized exec to beat!

  • Acfsambo

    It says if you are wandering to the left the car brakes the front left to push the car to the right….umm shouldn’t it be brakes the front right, cause if you slow the left wheel the right wheel will be moving faster and turn the car left.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      Correct. Fixed, thanks for letting us know.

    • ritchieb

      we’ll pass that on to the MB engineers..good pick-up,thanks.

  • A

    If I was buying a car in this class, this would be second on my list, but only second to the Alfa Romeo 159 and I completely acknowledge that this car is better. I just love the Alfa. The 3 Series is about to be replaced, the Audi is most likely going to be front wheel drive, the Lexus is also about to be replaced and I’m not sure if there is anything else. This looks like a brilliant package.

    • skeg

      I own both.  The Alfa has all the character and the sporting joy that comes with a close ratio 6 speed manual and massive torque from the turbo petrol engine.  The C-class has more practicality (mine is a wagon, mind) and is just so relaxing to drive without the driver becoming disengaged from the process.  You’d take a 159ti over a Benz if you had to choose, even though they are out of production.  But the C-class is so nice in it’s own way that you would be very satisfied with it, even though it’s not a sporty car.  Both phenomenal performers from <1.8 litres too.

  • UnderBrakes

    Outstanding vehicle, anybody who buys a calais/ge6 over this needs his/her head read

    • Acfsambo

      Size would be one reason for to get a Calais/G6E over this as this is a size smaller. Also the allure of a powerful 6 or even a T6 or V8 (without getting too expensive).

    • nickdl

      Well for the money it’s pretty hard to beat a Calais or G6E. You’d be looking at over $60k for the most basic model on road before you option it up adequately to have the same gear. For this money you could have a V8 Calais or G6E Turbo and change in your pocket.

      I can see the merit of buying one of these, but the locals offer a much bigger engine, and a bigger, similarly equipped car for less money. I did the comparison two years ago when we looked at a G6ET and the three Germans. Out of the Germans, the A4 came closest to matching the Ford for equimpment, but the cost of optioning it up was nearly $10k. It was only a FWD 1.8T with a CVT as well with very little driver appeal. Ultimately we got a Territory but the G6E Turbo is probably the best locally made car in a very long time. I know resale is an issue but the Ford would be a better, more fun car to own in the long run. Same goes for the Holden, with the VEII upgrade it is very well equipped and the V8 is great fun. You can get great discounts on both.

      You need to spend at least $75K all up on a Merc or BMW before it becomes better than any other car on the market. At that price, they’re great cars, but not all of us have that sort of money to spend on a smaller car and below that price, you’re pretty much buying the badge.

      • bangel

        Resale value is the reason they go euro , any aussie like a calais or g6e falls like a stone , several associates have been severly embarassed at lease payout time with a big shortfall to fund .

    • AB

      Underbrakes,

      We bought a black G6E over a C220cdi in 2009.
      The C Class was very nice, but a C220cdi in standard (elegance I think) trim had an interior like a Toyota Corolla… Hows cloth and vinyl sound for $65K+ on roads!!!!!

      To make the car ‘FEEL’ like a merc, you had to option the “Avantgarde” spec, adding a further $8K or more(leather, wood trim, exterior upgrades)…… Our final price was in the vicinity of $80K+
      We looked at a C200 but you only saved a few grand but got much less of an engine (plus I believe missed out on the ‘green’ car stamp duty savings that the C220cdi qualifies for).

      Our G6E’s driveaway price was less than half that of the C220cdi. It drives just as good, is fuel efficient, has the same 5 Star Safety rating, better equipped and can actually fit a real person in the back seats.

      I believe this C Class upgrade may have rectified the issues with the interior, but realistically the C Class still costs a lot more than either the G6E or the Calais!

      • AB

        Sorry Standard trim was ‘Classic’

        • Homer

          I rent cars every month. In recent times have had a brand new XR6 and one with 36,000km’s on it. I own a C350cdi and when I drove the new XR6, thought this thing rides really well and is reasonably quiet. Then drove the still less than year old one with the higher mileage, did 600- 800km in both. This car, while a rental, was past its best. Suspension was loose, made a fair bit of noise and as an example of just the small things you pay for, the key fob was worn and looked 10 years old. No way am I suggesting XR6 isn’t good value for money just that part of the extra you pay for a Benz (some models anyway) is a car that drives, feels and looks the same after 5 years with over 100,000km on it.

          • AB

            Your C350cdi is a beautifully built car!
            To show us the build quality, the salesman’s trick was to open the drivers door completely, and then put all his body weight onto it and swing from it!

      • Sam L

        we got our 2009 c220 avantgarde for 68k drive away as a demo with 100km on it….

      • Sam L

        Also I really do think you are reflecting the c class in too much of a negative fashion AB… You have to remember that although both cars have a 5 star ancap rating the mercedes still has a higher overall score then the ford (36.16 vs 34.6 out of 37) in addition ancap is only a indication on how safe a car is. It is a well known fact that mercedes are one of the only car makers in the world to collect data from real world crashes when there cars are involved and develop safety systems based around such data.. iihs recently conducted roof crush tests of numerous midsize sedans with the c class coming out on top having the highest strength to weight ratio of any car in its class (while being a ‘best pick’ in front and side crashes in the segment.) Not to mention the numerous safety advantages you get on a standard mercedes c class in comparison to a ford falcon such as presafe, 3 additional airbags increased high strength and ultra high strength alloy used in construction and brake dry just to name a few…. which of course one would expect (or hope) considering the premium you are paying for this car. In addition reliability comes into play… our family also currently have a 2004 HSV GTO with 40k on the clock and we are constently having to take it back with parts needed to be replaced, its in the shop literally right now with a list about as long as my arm (such items such as the rear boot release, engine bearings, electric seat adjustment on passenger side, leather stiching on rear seats, fan belt and rear brake pads are all needing to be replaced this time) now for a car (although 7 years old) with 40k on the clock it doesnt seem all that impressive… (im assuming ford has the same build quality as holden)In comparison our c class which now has 40k on the clock has been flawless since we got it in 2009, testimony to c classes 21 million km of testing merc did when developing the car (although 40k on the clock really isnt that much)…. Im not saying that the ford is a bad car, its far from it, however in regards to comfort, avalible technology, safety and reliability you can’t really compare the two (they don’t even compete with each other i.e large cheap sedan vs midsize premium sedan.)

    • Snoopy54000

       I agree with You.It’s engineered like No Other Car.Drive One of These and Then a G6E and a Calais.Trust Me The Extra Money You Pay to get into a Mercedes will be worth it.

  • UnderBrakes

    To much tak about the onboard PC, who cares just buy a ipad2

    Bit more details on how they drive etc would have been nice, in particual the C200

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      Had to give the COMAND system proper coverage as its one of the first cars on the planet with that online technology.

      The C200 diesel (didn’t drive the petrol) drives well, I drove one without the AMG kit and it goes around corners and grips with ease. It’s a tad slow up the get go but is more than likely rather adequate for the majority of drivers. The petrol is about a second quicker to 100km/h but it’s thirstier.

      If you can upgrade to the C250 CDI, it’s by and large the pick of the bunch for a great price at under 70g, with COMAND included. A few more thousand dollars for the AMG kit and you’ll have a pretty darn nice C-Class with all the good stuff.

      • UnderBrakes

        Do the DIEsel engines need Adblue urea in the sub tanks like other blutec benzs?

        • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

          Adblue is only for vehicles which use BlueTEC technology such as the S 350
          BlueTEC

          • Sam L

            Do you think the C350 cdi is a big enough upgrade to justify the price increase over the c250 cdi? we are wanting to trade in our current c220 cdi for a new model but we are not sure which diesel (250 or 350) we should get? although you do say the 250 cdi is the pick of the range if you can afford the 350 cdi would you buy it over the 250 cdi?

          • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

            Sam L, I haven’t driven the new C 350 CDI as it’s not on sale yet, but I do genuinely believe you won’t need more power than 150kW and 500Nm of torque. That’s more than enough for a family car.

      • John

        Actually your talk about the COMAND system was the most in depth info I have read on it and was very interesting. It was my favorite part of the article thank you. So I cared and I do have an iPad 2.

  • First Time MB Owner

    I absolutely love this car…and have ordered one for delivery in 2 weeks time.

  • JD

    WoW… impressed with this car and all the NEW features for the C Class’ mid life update.

    Many other car manufactures usually have minor changes during the mid life updates, and plan to introduce substantial changes like what MB has done in their next model.

    (ie Toyota changing the layout of the lights with the camry)

    • nickdl

      Oh I really liked that facelift of the Camry. The extra spoke on the hubcaps of the Altise model looks teriffic and the new layout of the tail lights, with the brake light below the indicators, really flows well with Toyota’s new styling direction and overall, accentuates the car’s personality.

      • NSX

        cant really blame Toyota.

        your paying twice the price for the merc

      • Homer

        You related to Camrylover?

  • TonyB

    A big tick for MB having the price of the wagon only $2,000 above the equivalent sedan. Too bad we don’t get the wagon with the 6 cylinder diesel. We are looking at the 250 CDI wagon but have been put off more than a little over the cost of the options. It makes one very expensive car although on the plus-side at least depreciation is considered pretty good generally for MB.

  • Nath746

    Do we get the C63 AMG Wagon?

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      C 63 AMG will arrive in September in Coupe, Saloon and Estate (aka wagon).

  • judge

    The argument about the C Class as opposed to a Calais or a Fairmonr G6 is missing one very relevant point: resale or preserved value. Carpoint gives the following figures for 2007 cars, [to the nearest $1000];

    Calais new price $67k- average price now $30-34k; 6 cyl.
    Fairlane G8 ” $65k- ” ” ” $24-26; V8.
    C280 ” $85k- ” ” ” $53-58; 6 cyl.
    Anyone with a calculator can work out the percentages.

    Plus, the new C Class, being an update model, will hold its value over the next 5 years at least, much better than the “end of line” Aussie cars, and a diesel will be even better. You might pay more for service in that time, but, especially with the diesel if you are doing reasonably big K’s you’ll be about even with running costs overall.

    It boils down to what you can afford up front, but if you can spring the extra $20k you’ll get it back in resale, a quality ride, and pride of ownership. IMHO.

  • m2m

    C250CDI seems perfect! i’d say even the C200CDI would be enough, but if you add command etc – you may as well just buy the 250 and enjoy the better engine!

  • Scotty C

    I love the look of the C Class wagon. The AMG63 Estate is, for me, THE perfect car…versatile, great build quality, looks insane and goes like stink.

  • Chucky

    Looks like the C300 is getting a $6,000 price cut and the C350 CDI gets a $5,000 price cut. Also the C250 petrol and diesel models look like relatively good value now. Audi and BMW need to revise their prices as well to stay in the game.

  • John

    I have a 16yo Berlina since new and I have absolutely no regets buying it. I say this because I don’t want to appear biased. Anyway, I wasn’t keen on the C Class late last year after a test drive. It just didn’t feel that special. That said, I recently checked it out again and I had a completely different feel for it. Then on Saturday I test drove the 250 CDI and ended up ordering one. I think it is really hard to beat the Germans in engineering. They export a lot and can afford lots of R&D. The engineering is evident in this car and it probably flows down from their premium cars. I just hope the car doesn’t become popular because I don’t want to own a common car.

    • nickdl

      Did the Merc dealer take your Barina for a trade in?

      But seriously, glad you’re happy, although if you read the article, you’ll find that the C Class is pretty common as it is the 2nd best selling midsizer in the country.

  • james

    Unbelievable sales figures for a merc..must be a great car.
    Doesn’t look the best in red…silver, white or black for me.

  • Octavian

    I’d still prefer the A4 or 3 series, just for the better designed interior. Who would want to browse the Internet while driving, but the other driver feed info is pretty cool.

  • judge

    Uh John…you have a 1995 Holden Berlina and you object to the C Class because you dont want to own a common car ???

    Please explain!

  • Ashley Groome

    Long options list? You have no idea. The basic car seemed quite reasonable until I saw that just about everything was an option. Very nice, well buit car – no problems. But unless you are happy with the bare bones, poverty pack – its just not good value for money.

  • John

    Sorry Judge. What I wanted to get across is that there is nothing wrong with local cars. But I think the Mercedes is so fantastic (to me anyway) that I ordered a 250 CDI on the weekend. Having owned a Holden for a long time, I know what it is like to own a common car. No one is impressed. That is why I want to see as few of these on the road as possible. Silly thought.

  • John

    nickdl: Actually Berlina not a Barina but there is probably only a few cents difference in it now. The salesman asked me what I had. Unfortunately people judge others where they live and what they drive and I was initially reluctant to say. Yes I was surprised to read that they are so popular. A little more so when I get mine.

  • Ep178

    Trust google to change it’s beta option – send to car. Would have been so useful!

  • Ep178

    iPhone integration with the Command is slow to the mark. Tethering updates due to be released post model release???? Thought the product managers at MB would be on top of their game.

    Lot’s tech potential, but lacking technology partners to carry through….

    I hope I stand corrected in months to come.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      Apparently its because Apple doesn’t follow the standards for the feature, which all andriod and blackberry phones do. It will potentially be an iOS update to fix that or an MB update in the future. No doubt the next gen version of either iPhone5 or MB Comand would not have the issue.

      • fabry65

        I’m waiting my new C300 MY2011 in the coming week and I’m using an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3.3.

        As I read in this comments. It seems that data connection with MB command online is not working at all.

        Does someone knows if MB will fix this problem?

        IPhone users are now closed to 60 million and this appears a very bad limitation.

        Before buing the car, my dealer said that iPhone was fully compatible and what I can do now? … I don’t want to change my device!

  • judge

    Actually John I think I knew what you meant; I’m just a smart-arse lawyer who likes to hear the sound of my own voice, even in print.

    I’m [not too secretly] envious of your choice and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it for a long time to come.

    Cheers!

  • Golfschwein

    What a great looking car. Is it the first to do porn?

    • EP178

      LOL ….. 90% of traffic guaranteed….

  • indon

    Where are all these C models made. I heard from someone that the C class base model is made in India and the higher spec models in South Africa. Is it true or are they coming from Germany?

    • John

      I checked with the dealer a week ago. They are all made in Singelfin Germany. The VIN number on my car to be starts with WDD which confirms this.

      • Skeg

        They all start with ‘WDD’.  W204s for Australia are made in Sindelfingen (Stuttgart head office) or in Bremen.  The wagons all come from Bremen.  The W203s were the South African cars.  W204 is far better engineered and far better built. (sorry JPS but surveys bear this out).

  • JPS

    Great article guys and I also loved reading the posted comments. I am South African (living in South Africa)and have ordered a C250CDI which should be ready in early August. I am a big Merc fan and have owned (from new) a 2003 C200 Kompressor and currently a 2007 C200 Kompressor. Interestingly over here the C class cars are very well priced and come standard with many features. As an example the C250CDI I have ordered comes standard with Avantgarde styling pack, 7G-tronic autobox, leather seats, parktronic, Xenon lighting package & the COMMAND navigation system. I couldn’t believe that all of these extra’s were included in the price. We have not had the C250CDI engine available here and I am excited to experience that 500Nm of torque coupled to a 7 speed automatic. I have ordered mine in Obsidian black with the light grey leather seats (black upper dash and black upper and lower door trim) combined with black birds eye maple wood trim (all standard).

    As a matter of interest almost all right hand drive C classes are manufactured in SA. The factory is located in a coastal city (East London) and recently won an award from MB Germany for having produced the best quality (Mercedes)cars worldwide. So you can rest easy if your car was manufactured here :-)

    Cheers
    John

  • fabry65

    I’m waiting my new C300 MY2011 in the coming week and I’m using an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3.3.

    As I read in this comments. It seems that data connection with MB command online is not working at all.

    Does someone knows if MB will fix this problem?

    IPhone users are now closed to 60 million and this appears a very bad limitation.

    Before buing the car, my dealer said that iPhone was fully compatible and what I can do now? … I don’t want to change my device!

  • john

    hi i am reading this in the uk great site, i have just bought the new c class with command, i have an i phone 4 works great with the phone but no internet i have been in touch with Mercedes they could not tell me when iphone 4 will be on the net or indeed actually which phone will work with it, now maybe you can find out from 12000 miles away. regards John

    • mike powdrill

      Hi John i have same problem-wrote to Mercedes in Germany the reply received was the iPhone 4 is not compatible with the 2011 command online system-what a poor reply from a luxury car maker in other words TOUGH we have got your money take it or leave it!!
      DONT PURCHASE MERCEDES IN THE FUTURE due to there poor NON customer relations

      • Fabry65

        it seems incredible that MB is not taking care about millions on iPhone users.

        I really hope that they fix soon the data connection with iPhone.

  • forest

    My BMW 335i coupe with ‘run flat’ tyres has exhausted my ardour, 2 cracked rims on average Sydney streets and being stranded for 5 days waiting for a new tyre in Maitland did the trick.Everything else about the car is true:awesome.

    So I am very interested in the C 250cdi. Can anyone produce on road performance figures for overtaking e.g. 80-120 km/h?

    • Kev

      Mate, Just picked up the C250 CDI coupe this week. The twin turbo really kicks in no worries at any speeed but also allows you to relax back and pretend theres nothing special under the bonnet. Been flogging Holen SS’s and WRX’s and the look on people’s faces is priceless.

  • Locky

    Just disappointed no DAB+. Awesome sound system but not digital radio?

  • Jeffrey Choo

    Test? None of my messages seem to work :(

  • kenny

    I want to know how many litre of fuel a merceedbenz 3.5litre engin

    Will consume at100km distance@150speed
    Per houry.

  • Martin

    I would like to know if the eco start/stop compatible with C250 Avantgarde vision packaging

  • Raj

    I own a 2012 C 200 and seem to be having difficulty in connecting my Android phone for browsing the internet thru Command online (blue tooth works fine and calls r received d made) ….also trying want to leave the LED driving lights after headlights goes on….do not how to ….can anyone help me fix these ????

Mercedes-Benz C250 Specs

BE : 1.8L TURBO MPFI - 7 SP AUTOMATIC G-TRONIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 2D COUPE
Car Details
Make
MERCEDES-BENZ
Model
C250
Variant
BE
Series
W204 MY11
Year
2011
Body Type
2D COUPE
Seats
4
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
1.8L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
310Nm @  2300rpm
Max. Power
150kW @  5500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
96.8W/kg
Bore & Stroke
82x85mm
Compression Ratio
9.3
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
7 SP AUTOMATIC G-TRONIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
59
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1550
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1406mm
Length
4590mm
Width
1770mm
Ground Clearance
112mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.8
Front Rim Size
8.0x18
Rear Rim Size
8.5x18
Front Tyres
225/40 R18
Rear Tyres
255/35 R18
Wheel Base
2760
Front Track
1549
Rear Track
1552
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Power front seats
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Stability Program
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering
Entertainment
Radio Compact Disc Player
Interior
Leather Upholstery, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, PreSafe, Side Airbags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Heated Front Seats, Power front seats with memory, Power Sunroof
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Interior
Carbon Fibre Trim
Package
AMG Styling Wheels & Body Pack, Comfort Pack
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
24 months /  25,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
10-N-18
Country of Origin
GERMANY