Rivervale Review The Mercedes-Benz C Class Range
The Mercedes-Benz C Class first appeared on our roads in 1993. Due to its success, the range expanded and now provides the choice of a saloon, Estate, Coupe or the newly added cabriolet.
The C Class is a leader of the executive car segment pack, providing innovative technology and eye catching design, which makes it one of the most popular cars to lease here at Rivervale Car Leasing. It also means many of our management staff drive a C Class day to day … so the marketing team borrowed the keys to a C Class Saloon C220d AMG Line Premium Plus, C Class Coupe C220d AMG Line Premium Plus and C Class Estate C250 AMG Line Premium to take a closer look. Our Marketing Manager Bud had an abundance of C Class knowledge, Marcus used his guide sheet as a checklist of features and I was full of useless facts but happy to be out of the office in the sunshine …
There is a choice of 3 different trim levels across the C Class range with the entry level being the SE trim. For an entry level the standard specification is high with many safety features such as collision prevention assist and attention assist included as well as driver aides such as cruise control, reversing camera and hill start assist. Most creature comforts also come as standard including DAB digital radio, automatic climate control, Bluetooth and remote boot release. 16” Alloy Wheels come as standard.
The Executive equipment bundle is only available with the SE trim level and adds further features including active park assist with parktronic, Bluetooth, Garmin map Pilot Nav system, voice control and larger 17” Alloy Wheels.
The next level up is the Sport trim which adds sports styling to the outside, sports seats within and agility control lowered suspension with selective damping system. The top of the range trim level is the AMG Line which offers unique AMG Line styling inside and out as well as 18” AMG Alloy Wheels.
The Sport and AMG Line trims offer premium and premium plus packs to add on and gain features such as keyless go/entry, memoru pack for front seats, panoramic glass roof, Burmester surround sound system, COMAND navigation with 8.4" colour display +3D maps and internet connectivity.
When it comes to engines the lowest powered is the C200d in manual or auto with 136 hp followed by the C220d with 170 hp. The C220d and C250d offer 4MATIC all-wheel drive in Sport and AMG line trims in automatic only. The hybrid diesel engine includes a 27 hp electric motor and has CO2 emissions as low as 94 g/km. Petrol engines are only available in Sport or AMG Line trims with a choice of the C200 engine with 184 hp or the C200 4MATIC in automatic only. The petrol hybrid is the C350e and includes an 82 hp electric motor with emissions as low as 49 g/km of CO2.
If all these engine and body shapes on offer from the C Class just weren’t quite what you were looking for an AMG may be for you. AMG are Mercedes-Benz performance vehicle range. These are separate from other Mercedes vehicles and contain over 500 AMG specific parts, the AMG range takes on its own character with sporty proportions and sharp visual features. The C Class offers the C43, C63 and the fastest C63 S with 510 hp and a 0-62 mph time of only 3.9 with the Coupe body style.
Which Mercedes-Benz C Class would you like to drive?
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16 February 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy