Can a C-Class, a long-lived runner-up in a compress tavern category, finally strech a tip spot?
What is it?
You’ll have listened a tenure 48-volt hybrid a lot lately, as manufacturers put a record into mass-market models for reduced using costs and a bit of additional power.
Merc’s version, badged EQ Boost on this C200, is essentially a 17bhp electric-motor-cum-belt-driven-alternator that can give swell a small poke when required, or keep fuel economy and emissions down during all other times.
This small electric section is interconnected to a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and Mercedes claims that it has the same smoothness of energy and torque as a prior car’s 2.0-litre petrol, yet a aloft fuel expenditure and CO2 emissions.
The central total are 181bhp, and 17bhp from a electric boost, with limit torque of 207lb ft. 0-62mph passes in a hair underneath 8 seconds, and a limit speed is 146mph. It goes 44.1 miles before seeking for another gallon of fuel and breathes out 136g/km of CO2 in return.
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We’ve not nonetheless driven a C200 in estate form in a UK until now, yet a C-Class is a UK’s best-selling automobile of a type, so a vigour is on for lower-end petrol models like this, as a open continues to spin divided from diesel-powered cars. For a time being, though, C220d tavern is still approaching to be a tip dog among customers.
What’s it like?
It’s utterly refined. If you’re going to be doing motorway miles in a C200, we won’t be faced with many noise. In fact, it’s not until 3500rpm that we can even unequivocally hear a engine and those kind of revs aren’t a requirement of removing adult to speed, unless we wish to get there quite quickly.
There’s adequate low-end torque to make gratifying swell in relations hush, yet there’s also a decent glug of it if you’re accelerating hard. The hybrid complement is incorporated seamlessly into a experience, with nothing of a grabbiness in braking of other hybrids, and a clearly well-spoken energy delivery.
That’s in partial interjection to a 9 gears on offer. Shifts are well-spoken and good executed when on a go, and it’s not until we try into a car’s Sport+ mode that it gets a small clingy in reduce gears to broach some-more revs and some-more power.
It’s worldly and polished until we confront stop-start traffic, where it can be a small juddery when starting behind up. It lasts usually a second though, afterwards a C200 gets behind into a walk and next-to-no vibrations trickle by to a cabin.
When trade clears, a float adult to around 50mph can be a small nervous, yet settles above this. Larger ruts around city dissapoint a automobile rather some-more than they ought, though, and a car’s additional weight over a back finish causes it to bump a small over speedbumps.
There’s some-more breeze sound than engine noise, though. There’s an heard whistle from a doorway mirrors above 60mph, and a satisfactory volume above your conduct from a breathtaking sunroof. Nothing too intrusive, yet a consistent credentials soundtrack if you’re on a motorway for any length of time.
The steering is weighted easily and feels some-more approach than a C-Class’s distance should allow, yet there’s small in a approach of feedback. Motorway cruising is what it does best, nonetheless you’ll have to set adult an Individual expostulate mode to get a best out of a automobile – cruise-friendly Comfort mode is a small indolent to respond when we wish to pass slickly.
Should we buy one?
Ride aside, there are few reasons to dislike it. The advantages of a EQ Boost hybrid complement make many clarity around town, though, so longer-distance drivers should – and substantially will – hang to a oilburning C220d for a time being.
As an estate car, though, it’s marginally reduction sharp than a saloon, given a thumping of that additional weight during a rear.
That creates it no reduction refined, that is a car’s pivotal strength. It’s let down a small by that restive ride, and a fact that a diesels offer a same package, yet with larger economy.
Mercedes-Benz C200 estate specification
Test location Hampshire Price £46,685 On sale Now Engine 1497cc, 4cyls inline, turbocharged petrol Power 184bhp during 3800rpm Torque 207lb ft during 3000-4000rpm Gearbox 9-spd automatic Kerb weight 1565kg Top speed 145mph 0-62mph 7.9sec Fuel economy 44.1mpg CO2, taxation band 136g/km, Rivals BMW 3 Series, Audi A4
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