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Mercedes-Benz C 180 Kompressor BlueEfficiency 1.6 Review

Story by Justin Lee, pictures by Azfar Hashim - 13 Aug 2009

In the case of the C180 Kompressor Blue Efficiency, small is the way to go in terms of engine capacity with a new 1.6-litre supercharged unit - and this made a good car even better

Mercedes-Benz C180 Kompressor Blue Efficiency

Not much has changed in the continuous string of bad news for the past few months. The global economy is still in shambles, oil prices are creeping up north again, and the list of dreadful tidings seem to be never ending. In the face of all that is happening, most consumers have gone on an austerity drive, cutting down expenses on everything and anything deemed excessively luxurious or frivolous.

And cars are part of the big ticket items (which also include expensive restaurant dinners and business class flights) that bear the brunt of this cut.

For those who need and are still able to afford a set of wheels, well, small is in these days. And in the case of the Singapore car buyer, less is definitely more when it comes to smaller road tax bill, cheaper running costs and lower list price. A small appetite for fuel would also be welcome due to the high petrol prices. Carmakers in recent times have been cottoning on to this fact and it can be seen in many cars sporting smaller more fuel efficient engine being brought to market.

Most car buyers here are a pragmatic lot and have always shunned small or medium sized cars with large capacity engines and subscribe to the "more sheetmetal for the money" philosophy. With this line of thought, it is easy to see why the Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressor is many times more popular than the E280. So the three pointed star's C180 Kompressor - with its engine downsized to 1.6-litres to become the C180 Kompressor Blue Efficiency - is a good fit for this sobering moment in time and right up many car buyers' alley as it fulfils many of the criteria stated above.

Interior

With the C-Class, Mercedes has truly come out of the woods where interior quality is concerned. The last C-Class and outgoing E-Class (and many others, in fact) produced during the brand's cost cutting era used - no offence, Mercedes - truly crap plastics for the cabins, coupled with less than precise build quality that damaged the reputation of the three pointed star.

Well that was all in the past - now, the C180 Kompressor Blue Efficiency's interior is a fabulous place to spend time in. The plastics lining the interior truly feel soft and luxurious, while the controls you touch - such as the rotary dial for the Command system, the air-conditioning switches and the buttons on the radio - operated with satisfying weight and tactile feedback.

Cabin space is generous for its size, and it feels much bigger and airier inside than its arch rival, the BMW 3 Series. Four adults will have no complaints regarding head, leg or shoulder room, and a fifth passenger can be squeezed in if he or she does not mind the slightly high transmission hump. Boot space is also good, with a nice regularly-shaped load area - it offers more capacity than the 3 Series'.

 
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  The new C-Class is offered in three model variants namely the Avantgarde, Elegance, and Classic lines. All the variants will share the latest state-of-the-art technology that includes a couple of standard safety features such as:

*Pre-Safe (Anticipatory Occupant Protection System)

*Agility Control Package (Selective damping system/direct steering)

*Adaptive Brake (Newly developed braking system for even more safety)

*Neck-Pro Head Restraints (Crash responsive head restraints)

*7 Airbags (including drivers kneebag)

*ESP (Electronic stability programme)

*Headlamp Assist (Automatic light function)
- lackneramanda Singapore. 17 May 2011 10:30AM
  Very comfortable and luxury car. These cars of Mercedes are really amazing, offering space for 5 persons, luggage and whatever do you like.Afe Parts.
- kidashley25 United States. 14 Jun 2010 5:19PM
 





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"Formerly posted by neutral: Not sure if MB's downsize is good. Though you get 1.6 ltr engine, cheaper for road tax, the power is about the normal 2.0 ltr. SC engine may not give you good FC too. But the price is over $140K?? If I can spend $140k for a car, road tax should not be a problem for me. why get a small cc car with so little power at such high price? I would say it is not worth. Get an Audi instead!"


its the journey that counts, not the price you are paying for."

If me, I will consider that as wrong journey. I can choose a better journey. (sorry no offence).

- neutral , Singapore. 19 Aug 2009 1:02PM
 





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"Formerly posted by eugn86: This is great. Downsizing an engine and fitting a turbocharger. This is what many manufacturers have been doing and should be doing! Pity the car is still heavy at 1500kg. Why is such a small car as heavy as a Jag XJ or the even the bigger Camry? And i think the 5sp gearbox is fine. Too many gears and it may end up just getting confused. Frequent gear change may make the ride less smooth too. Look at Lexus. Was it necessary to fit 8 speeds into their gearbox?"

I believe these are automatic gears, driver will not get confused, so no worry. Manual gears usually at 5 gears only.

- neutral , Singapore. 19 Aug 2009 12:47PM
 





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"Formerly posted by neutral: Not sure if MB's downsize is good. Though you get 1.6 ltr engine, cheaper for road tax, the power is about the normal 2.0 ltr. SC engine may not give you good FC too. But the price is over $140K?? If I can spend $140k for a car, road tax should not be a problem for me. why get a small cc car with so little power at such high price? I would say it is not worth. Get an Audi instead!"


its the journey that counts, not the price you are paying for.
- pass09 , Singapore. 19 Aug 2009 12:18PM
 Not sure if MB's downsize is good. Though you get 1.6 ltr engine, cheaper for road tax, the power is about the normal 2.0 ltr. SC engine may not give you good FC too. But the price is over $140K??

If I can spend $140k for a car, road tax should not be a problem for me. why get a small cc car with so little power at such high price? I would say it is not worth.

Get an Audi instead!
- neutral , Singapore. 19 Aug 2009 12:13PM
 This is great. Downsizing an engine and fitting a turbocharger. This is what many manufacturers have been doing and should be doing! Pity the car is still heavy at 1500kg. Why is such a small car as heavy as a Jag XJ or the even the bigger Camry? And i think the 5sp gearbox is fine. Too many gears and it may end up just getting confused. Frequent gear change may make the ride less smooth too. Look at Lexus. Was it necessary to fit 8 speeds into their gearbox?
- eugn86 , Singapore. 14 Aug 2009 9:19AM
 





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"Formerly posted by azfar: This is an open discussion thread for the article Road Test - Mercedes-Benz C180 Kompressor Blue Efficiency 1.6 (A) Downsizing seem to be the keyword these days, and it seem even Mercedes-Benz went ahead with their own - yes, a smaller engine for its popular C-Class sedan. How does it perform, and can it attract badge-conscious buyers looking for a not-so-extravagantly big car?†"


good question.
But the word' downsizing' and smaller engine'†are not appropriate to describe its class. Its the latest innovation†by†tuning up a mid class engine but giving us better output. if you compare with 2L cars..u can save a few dollar on road tax and insurance, but in the long run will save you alot. Not to mention its†style and luxurious cabin, MB is always ahead of others marques in terms of its appearance and technology. Its the golden opportunity for buyers who hv been lookin out for such car to complete their life..so go for the test drive, and dare to drive faster than normal way of driving. eg,corner steadily or even picking up speed, without braking at the bend, making U turn and the responsive engine when overtaking or if u r in a rush, you can drive pass each cars smoothly in a 'S' formation. But i wont suggest you to do this 'S' too often as this will annoy other drivers.

Need not too worry abt the FC,, i achieve avg 8L per 100km although its stated 7.4L. which is one litre give you14km. one month only cost about 300dolar only.

Dun forget to try their sound system, although its only got 4 speakers but the clarity is superb enuff, or you can upgrade to 7 logic system, this will soothe your hearing organs undoubtedly.

once you turn on the ignition, you can feel tat this smartly and well dress up†angel has waken up by the master.†Throughout your journey till you reach your destination., you will realise you have been on a journey with a guardian angel...your C-class,,one of it class,,blue efficiency, leader of the leaders.



- pass09 , Singapore. 13 Aug 2009 10:25PM
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