Similar cars tried:
Actually wasn't considering 180K until I compared the price gap between it and the jap cars I was evaluting, wasn't that far apart. Had tested Subaru Forestor & Toyota Wish
40% expressway / 60% city driving
Duration of car driven:
The facelift C Class is a handsome looking car, making it more attractive than its predecessor which was already a good looking car. It has a nice silhouette & clean lines but it is the interior that is even better. High quality plastics ane premium-feel leather are the stand outs, topped off by a beautiful nappa leather steering wheel.
Despite being the entry-level model of the C Class, I don't feel I am driving or sitting in a poorer cousin of the C Class family. I loved the way the door shuts - it has that solid vault like feel that old MBs were renowned for. In short, it is well made car - harking back to the days MB had a reputation of building their cars from a block of steel!
The supercharged 1.6 liter motor is reasonably good - it moves with the help of the 5 speed gearbox with ease, comfort and stable handling. OK it may slightly struggle from a dead stop due to its lack of cubes but once it moves, it feels well planted with the well made interior insulating me from the day to day noise - the 180 Kompressor shows its MB DNA well.
I have read of reports on the concern on its supercharger whine but I personally liked it - it frankly reminds me of our old 190E many years ago. I know I am driving a Benz!
Despite MB's Blue Efficiency efforts e.g aluminium hood, i find its fuel consumption only acceptable for a 1.6 litre engine. So far, I am averaging about slightly more than 10 km/litre which is a mix of 40%/60% expressway/city driving use. In fact, it is nothing stellar and is comparable to my Honda ODC which by the way has a larger 2.4 litre I-Vtec engine (shows the innovative edge of the Honda engine).
Handling is one of the strong points of the 18O Kompressor. Although it doesn't have the engaging drive of my old BMW E46 318i, it corners confidently and what is more important here, is its comfortable ride - streets ahead of my old BMW. It goes over undulating roads with ease and poise. 4 adults can seat in it comfortably as it has adequate space and will not feel stressed at the end of any journey.
It also brakes well but again not in the league as my old BMW but the short fall is not big.
Last but not least for an entry level car, it is well equipped from cruise control to brake hold function to lots of practical storage (even the trunk has useful hooks to hold my groceries bag), rear air con and front seat back pockets. I can say this because my old BMW didn't have any of these except for cruise control.
In short, a very nice car and I think MB have a winner here and more importantly for me, MB has redeemed itself after years of poor quality and unreliable cars - my 190E was a culprit. Well done, MB - you have restored my faith in the 3 -pointed star.
Stable handling, easy-to-drive, handsome styling, lots of features for an entry-level premium make e.g. bluetooth connectivity (telephone & music), day/night mood dial lighting, brake hold function, interior is not only high quality but well thought out for practical use.
being a 1.6 litre car, it needs some push from standing start to get it going.
Also better torque would be great but I guess FC could suffer.
10% highway / 90% drive kids to school.
Duration of car driven:
Less than 1 month
A solid car, good price in the current high COE environment, save on COE as it is Cat A, but outflow from paying more fuel. Will be good if MB can do a software upgrade to increase the torque at a lower rev.
Very Stable drive, good list of equipment, all the bells and whistles you will ever need.
Slightly too heavy for our typical start stop traffic. Thus FC suffers. Would be great if MB can come up with a software upgrade to increase torque at a lower rev.