The C Class was launched back in 1993: the smallest rear-wheel drive Mercedes, and the carmaker's representative in the compact executive range. The new edition is now the first in its class to boast adjustable air suspension. The C Class has also been stripped of a good few pounds to further improve its handling, with the hood, trunk lid and roof now made of aluminum.
The biggest benefit for owners from that lightweight construction and lowest aerodynamic rating in its class is fuel economy. We tested a C220 BlueTEC Diesel, which consumes just four liters for 100 kilometers. CO2 emissions are low, at 103 grams per kilometer, while the top speed is high at 234 kilometers per hour. Most of those who've tested the new C Class are impressed.
And there's plenty to savor inside too, with top-class materials AND workmanship. The new edition underlines the model's luxury sedan credentials.The control panel in the center console enables you to alter the vehicle setup. All the most important information is projected up onto the windshield.
Safe, swift, comfortable and economical. The new C-Class has it all.
That said: it's up against some stiff competition in its class: from the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4.
Those standards come at a price, of course. The new edition will go on sale in Germany for at least 33 and a half thousand euros. Our test car with the smallest diesel engine costs 38,675 euros.
(At the time of the test the C220 BlueTEC was the smallest Diesel engine. Today a C200 and a C180 enlarge the variety of Diesel engines from the bottom.)