A reassuring blend of power and efficiency seems to be the unwritten tagline for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class. More power, improved economy, and a whole load of new equipment and technology.
The power and economy come from underneath the bonnet, with every engine in the new C-Class range featuring a 48v mild hybrid system. The mild hybrid system features an energy recovery function and the ability to ‘glide’ with the engine switched off to boost efficiency, while supplying an additional 20 hp and 200 Nm to the car’s overall output.
In the real world the effect of that is going to depend on your chosen model. As it stands you can choose from two petrol options and two diesel options.
New Mercedes C-Class engine options
The entry-level C 200 features a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which generates 204bhp and 300 Nm. Having 200bhp on tap in the cheapest model available is quite an impressive feat, especially from a 1.5-litre engine. Depending on the specification, the C 200 can deliver between 41 and 44 mpg in saloon guise (Estate versions are slightly lower at 40-42mpg).
The C 300 can produce up to 258bhp and 400 Nm of torque from its 2.0-litre petrol engine, with an additional 20bhp and 200 Nm available from the mild hybrid system. Despite the extra chunk of power, it can still deliver between 40 and 42 mpg, although if you want the extra space of the estate you can’t have it. For some reason the larger petrol engine is only available in the saloon.
The diesel-powered C 220 d – currently the best-selling C-Class engine – uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with an output of 200bhp and 440 Nm. If you want truly fantastic economy this is the one to go for, with its ability to deliver in the region of 60mpg in both saloon and estate versions. The top-of-the-range C 300 d has a 3.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine which produces 265bhp and 550 Nm. Despite boasting the most powerful engine in the range, the C 300 d can still deliver between 50 and 55mpg.
And just to make them even more efficient and relaxing to drive, every C-Class engine is mated to a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission regardless of trim level.
It’s much the same story on the inside too.
Choose the C-Class model that suits
The range begins with the Sport model line – available on C 200 and C 220 d models only – and includes the latest generation MBUX media system, including a high-resolution 11.9-inch central media display; 12.3-inch digital driver display; ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant; 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels; Agility Control comfort suspension; LED high performance headlights; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Active Blind Spot Assist; Parking package with reversing camera; heated front seats and wireless smartphone charging.
And that’s just the entry level model…
AMG Line models add 18-inch AMG 5-spoke alloy wheels, privacy glass, AMG body styling, multifunction sports steering wheel finished in nappa leather and visible twin exhaust pipes. Not that you have to stop there.
In addition to the above, there are two Premium trim levels for the AMG Line variants.
AMG Line Premium adds 19-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels; Adaptive High beam Assist Plus; Digital Light; ambient lighting; illuminated door sills; keyless entry, Memory package, including electrically adjustable front seats, steering column and exterior mirrors; MBUX augmented reality for navigation and Parking package with 360° camera. Premium Plus also adds a panoramic sliding sunroof; head-up display; and Thermotronic four-zone automatic climate control.
On Premium Plus models there is also a Driving Assistance Package Plus available featuring the latest driving assistance systems including Active Distance Assist Distronic; Active Steering Assist; Traffic Sign Assist; Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Evasive Steering Assist; Active Brake Assist with cross traffic function; Active Emergency Stop Assist; and Active Blind Spot Assist.
Oh, and estate models are also available with an optional tow bar. Nearly forgot that bit.
Mercedes has gone all out with this new C-Class. Powerful and economical engines combined with great interiors and loads of technology to make life easier.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available to order right now, with the first deliveries due towards the end of the year. If you’re about to sort out your next lease car, you might want to bear that in mind - head to our Mercedes page to find out the latest offers.
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