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Mercedes C300 Coupé

Mittwoch, 10. Mai. 2017

In late 2015, Mercedes added the C300 to its current C-class generation. The coupe is the most sporty and elegant version in the group, which includes a sedan, a station wagon, and a long wheelbase version for China. Its 15 millimeter lower suspension, coupled with a lower center of gravity, lets the coupe hug the road noticeably better.

The high-rev, 4-cylinder turbo engine has nothing to be ashamed of. In the most powerful version, the 4-cylinder engine generates 180 kilowatts and takes the C300 from zero to 100 kilometers an hour in 6 seconds. Top speed is electronically locked at 250 kilometers an hour. Mercedes says the coupe burns 6-point-8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, while emitting 157 grams of CO2.

The new C-class coupe looks very different from the 4-door model. The striking front with its diamond radiator grille and long hood flows into the flat side line and then into a high rear reminiscent of the S-class coupe.

Mathis Kurrat, Car tester

The Mercedes is networked, but Mathis finds some operations rather fiddly. For example, the smartwatch is supposed to be able to enter the destination in the car's sat nav. So he tries telling the device "Malaga Airport" -- you might want to go there.

But the watch doesn't respond. So Mathis enters the destination directly into the car's system.

External factors can influence communication between the smartwatch and the vehicle. Technology freaks will go for this way of operating a vehicle. And everyone else can operate the instruments in the old-fashioned way.

This app is supposed to enable you to lock the car without the key. Mathis takes the key along, just in case, when he tries the voice command.

This time the voice command works. But Mathis says he plans to stick with the old method: the key.