Mercedes-Benz C350 7G-Tronic Review: Powerhouse Inc.

Mercedes-Benz C350 7G-Tronic Review: Powerhouse Inc.

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
18 Oct 2007

Traction control also made things difficult for us, cutting in at the slightest bit of slide. What’s worse from a performance standpoint, is that left foot braking is completely dissuaded by the safety net.

When you do get around to turning the fun limiter off, driving it fast isn’t that bad a deal. Unlike the livewire BMW 335i that is completely direct and full of feedback, the Merc tends to consistently do one thing more than often, no matter what set of tricks one might try to make it do.

If you guessed correctly, then you might also want to know that it can be made to slide through corners if one tries hard enough, but it still understeers before anything else happens.

Merc-Quirk?

I’ll be blunt. This isn’t the true BMW 3-series contender you might be looking for. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but the Mercedes is still worlds apart from that of it’s Bavarian counterpart. Both cars are extremely well sorted, and dare I say, more so with the Mercedes in this case.

At the end of the day, if you are gunning for hard-edged fun with Snob value, get a BMW. But if you value good balance and compromise between all out sports sedan performance and Lexus rivaling ride comfort, and want something to make you look forward to the drive home in rush hour traffic at the end of your day, then you cannot go wrong with the Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport.

You’ll have to argue with yourself over the premium price tag of $225,000 though...

Credits: Text and Photos by Amery Reuben

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