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  • Improved steering and handling over regular C250 Coupe; engine note at high revs; good value over standard model; good fuel efficiency
  • Sport mode should be the default setting for the auto; 4cyl turbo good but not special; firm ride; seats made from man-made rather than real leather

OUR RATING
8 / 10



Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport Review
Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport Review
Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport Review

There’s no external AMG badge but the Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport sprinkles some of the performance division’s magic dust over the mid-spec compact two-door.

The Sport part of the badge arrives more than a year after the launch of the C-Class Coupe and sees Mercedes follow Audi’s S-Line and BMW’s M Sport – branding that plays on the luxury manufacturers’ sportiest models.

The Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport costs an extra $8150 over the regular C250 Coupe, but at $78,050 it’s about the half the price of the C63 AMG Coupe.

That premium adds an AMG Sports Package worth $6350, with a visual spread of 18-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels, lip spoiler, black artificial leather sports seats, red seatbelts, AMG floormats and red interior stitching. You can also coat your Coupe Sport in an exclusive ‘designo magno platinum’ paint.

AMG engineers, not just designers, are involved in the C250 Coupe Sport, though.

The suspension is tuned by AMG, there are bigger brakes, a quicker steering rack, a sports exhaust and a revised seven-speed auto that offers speedier shifts in Sport and Manual modes. Those last couple of upgrades are particularly important, because the Sport doesn’t gain any extra power over the standard C250.

The 1.8-litre turbocharged, direct injection four-cylinder still has 150kW, backed by 310Nm, going to the rear wheels. It’s an engine that doesn’t sparkle with the same kind of verve or poke as the 155kW 2.0-litre direct injection four-cylinder turbo found in the rival Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Quattro (from $80,900), and the C250 is seven-tenths slower in the 0-100km/h acceleration run – 7.2 v 6.5 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport Review
Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport Review
Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport Review
Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport Review

Switching the transmission’s selectable modes from Efficiency – where the engine can feel a bit flat down low and throttle response is smooth but leisurely – to Sport or Manual makes things far more interesting, however. Here, there’s an immediate reaction from the accelerator pedal to the slightest right-foot pressure, and as revs rise quickly there’s a raspy engine note to savour courtesy of that sports exhaust and a retune of the engine’s electronic mapping.

Brake hard for corners and the auto will also blip the throttle automatically on the downshift, which is a nice sporty touch – even if you can achieve the same effect by pulling your fingers back on the left-sided paddleshift lever. For this model, it would have made more sense to have Sport as the default transmission mode – especially as the throttle isn’t overly sensitive or the downshifting overly aggressive for city driving.

The ride does live up to the AMG badge, though. It’s notably stiffer than the regular C250 Coupe’s and the suspension fidgets around if the blacktop isn’t smooth. It won’t crash into potholes, though, and there are upsides when the scenery ahead becomes a stretch of curving bitumen. Body control is even tighter (as well as the driver’s thanks to those AMG-style sports seats) and there’s a reassuring sense that grip is almost limitless – certainly on the road – from the brilliant Pirelli P-Zero tyres.

The revised, quicker steering completes the series of changes that do make the Sport a more dynamic drive than the regular C250 Coupe, with better responsiveness as the driver’s hands move from the quarter-to-three position (or 10 to 2 if that’s your preference).

Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport Review

It adds to the good level of feel provided by the C-Class Coupe, though the BMW 3 Series Coupe is still the overall pick for steering in this segment.

That leaves the rest of the Coupe package, which offers plenty for the money. Our view is that the two-door C-Class body brings the requisite good looks that should almost be mandatory for the coupe class. The Sport’s black AMG wheels and lowered ride height add to the visual drama.

Inside the Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport, there’s the usual two-door impracticality of getting into the rear seats compared with a four-door C-Class and in the back there are only two individual seats. There’s genuine leg space for adults, though, and headroom is decent – but those over 5ft 10in will argue for the front passenger seat.

The boot offers 450 litres, too – a bit more than a two-door 3 Series.

As a 2011 model debutant, the C-Class Coupe already benefitted from the interior makeover given to the C-Class sedan that same year. It was a big change, too – transforming the C-Class cabin from being short of the standard expected from a luxury car to one that’s brimming with quality materials and smart design.

Parking sensors and a reverse view camera are part of the standard equipment in the C250, as is a stop-start system that helps keep fuel consumption to an official 6.9L/100km combined – a smidgen ahead of the A5 2.0 TFSI S-tronic (7.0L/100km) and well ahead of the BMW 325i Coupe auto (8.7L/100km).

You can also have your C250 Coupe Sport in (CDI) diesel.

Some extra kilowatts wouldn’t have gone amiss for the Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Sport, so it isn’t quite magic. But to give the German car maker credit its due, it hasn’t played blatantly on the AMG angle and the Sport – if you can live with the harder ride – brings worthwhile benefits over the regular C250 Coupe.

There’s a hint of AMG flavour, without the usual associated price tag.


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  • qikturbo

    It looks ok,but  it will most likely be out accelerated by a Polo GTI or a Fabia VRs.Sure it has some sporty features and the interior seems nice but a harder ride and very very little poke from a  $78,000 car.
    Maybe save over $8,000 and just buy the normal coupe.

  • ROBERTO

    Way way overpriced. Just returned from the USA. C350 base is US $ 42000 (AS $40,000). Merc really rips Aussie buyers off. Boycott their products. See comparison test in Motor trend between the C350 vs BMW 335 vs Cadillac ATS

    • kf

       this is the same for every other car pretty much

    • Blair Waldorf

       all companies do, its a fact of life, move on. I’d much rather live here and pay more for cars than live in the US…

      • GS

        new car price rip-off should never be a fact of life. We deserve to get new car prices similar to those enjoyed by North Americans. Unfortunately, all car manufactures set new car prices to the market value rather than real vehicle value. The only way of overcomnng this as far as imported cars are concerned is to allow private customers to import individual cars. This will force car companies to lower prices – I think similar thing occured in the UK when EU cars were allowed to be brought in.

        • Johnson

          Why do we deserve the same prices as the US? Does a deli ordering small amounts of milk get them at the same price as Coles which orders in vast quantities? Simple economics, the US has 300 million people, we have 20.

          • Karl Sass

            The smaller economy of scale only explains a small part of the price variation. The biggest difference is Australians are silly enough to pay it.

          • Jon jones

            Don’t they all cost the same to build and come out of the same factory in Sth Africa ?

  • Jack

    Personally, I would wait for the 428i. More powerful engine, rear wheel drive and from the pictures I have seen, it looks amazing.

    • Blair Waldorf

       The Merc is rear wheel drive as well?

      • Jack

        I know Blair, I should have stated that they are both RWD – which is a good thing :) but the BMW will have more power (180 kw) and in my eyes, looks much more appealing from the pictures so far.

        • Johnson

          So why mention RWD?

          • Amlohac

            Looking for an argument are we Johnson?

          • Jack

            My sincere apologies Johnson, I should have stated “still RWD” – an honest mistake on my part. Have a great day :)

        • Jon jones

          But the BMW has those terrible run flat tyres. Makes roads like Parramatta Rd I drivable unless you like getting your teeth shaken out.

          • Jack

            I had my cousins F30 335i for a weekend and it felt quite compliant over D grade roads, including parra rd (even with the M Sport Pack ). However, his previous 125i felt a lot more skittish. Not sure whether they are using a softer compound tire in the new generation or the suspension is slightly softer, but its definetly an improvement.

  • Mohammed Smith

    Throttle the dealer and they’ll do these for 78 large drive-away … believe me, at this end of the market they never ever let a potential client walk up and leave due to price disagreement.

    • KH

      an 80k car is hardly ‘that end’ of the market

    • Amlohac

      You’d be surprised at what some dealers would do mate.

      No dealer will willingly loose tens of thousands of dollars on a sale. Generally if theres margin in the car you want to buy, the fact you pushed to get it means they probably broke even.

    • The Real Wile E

      Sure bro

  • Tony

    steering wheel looks like its from a golf gti.

  • Sumpguard

    Merc have now got it all over BMW for exterior styling on their sedans.

    • $29896495

      M4, might trump it.

  • Zaccy16

    its a very handsome car this but im not sure the sport package is worth it over the already good normal model

    • $29896495

      I agree

Mercedes-Benz C250 Specs

SPORT BE : 1.8L TURBO MPFI - 7 SP AUTOMATIC G-TRONIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 2D COUPE
Car Details
Make
MERCEDES-BENZ
Model
C250
Variant
SPORT BE
Series
W204 MY12
Year
2013
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)
6.9L / 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 Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Performance Brake Package
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control
Interior
Leather Upholstery
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head 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