When Mercedes-Benz launched the new C-Class, conversations between car enthusiasts quickly became peppered with the improved features, design and performance of the new “W205”.
For sure, the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W205) has made significant changes over the previous W204 generation in terms of technology and design. Aesthetically, the long sculpted hood, the trademark fascia, and the silhouette emanates the same modern appeal of its older sibling, the S-Class sedan. The C-Class has also grown in size, 95mm longer, 40mm wider while the wheelbase gained another 80mm, these changes made for additional cabin space. At 480 litres the new C-Class surpasses its predecessor in terms of boot capacity.
Beneath the stylish new form is an interior that speaks in a clean and understated design vernacular. There is ergonomic sensibility in the furnishing bolstered by premium materials including black nappa leather, chrome trims and wood panels. A litany of advanced features include an Audio 20CD with Touchpad which lets the driver control all the functions of the car’s infotainment system with mere gestures. An optional Air-Balance package ionises in-flowing air accompanied by a choice of four fragrances and a Head-up display.
All three variants – the C180, C200 and C250 – can be customised with optional features to enhance driving experience. The Airmatic Agility package, the first in its category, combines Airmatic air suspension with the Agility Select, which offers five transmission modes (Comfort, ECO, Sport, Sport+ and Custom) so drivers can configure their vehicles to maximise comfort and control. Other intelligent systems from the new S-Class and E-Class that are available to the new C-Class include Distronic Plus with steering assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Pre-Safe Plus, Active Parking Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, and Collision Prevention Assist.
The C-Class has hit all the sweet spots for a luxury sedan, having picked up several awards including the “Five Stars Euro NCAP rating”, “Seal of Quality”, “TUV Environmental Certificate’, and Overall Design Champion 2014.