Broadening the reach. That’s how Mercedes-Benz describes the move that has seen it replace the once popular CLK with not one but a pair of coupe models – both sharing the same basic underpinnings and, in part, driveline combinations. The E-Class coupe was introduced in 2009, and now here's the C-Class coupe.
It represents the second stage in the German car maker’s bid for up-market coupe dominance being kicked into action.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupé gets off to a good start as its arrivals also spells the end for the CLC – a mediocre effort based on the previous C-Class.
And being given the simplest, most obvious and most descriptive name can say a lot about a car, so we’re relieved that Mercedes has gone for C-Class coupe rather than CLC, CLK or CL anything else equally confusing.
The name isn’t the only cause to think that this coupé will be something of a revelation because, in recent years, Mercedes has been producing cars that aren’t trying to feel like BMWs but are distinctly and very appealingly individual to the three-pointed star. The C-Class on which this car is based was the first of this new breed.
As well as the usual range of petrol, diesel and AMG models we’ve come to expect from a Mercedes line-up, the C-Class coupe also includes a very special Black Series model, a badge Mercedes has only endowed on three other cars before it.
Much of the front-end styling is shared with the saloon, including the updated headlight design. The grille is slightly different, the coupe getting two bars to the saloon’s three.
Three satin-rimmed dials dominate the central display, with a sweetly sized steering wheel in front of them. Its switches feel a touch flaky, but the wheel’s huge range of adjustment contributes to an excellent driving position.
ride & handling
Despite the AMG-badged upgrades, the C-Class coupé rides with relative compliance, absorbing the worst that urban roads have to offer with decent insulation and composure.
At 4,686mm long and 1,810mm wide, the new C-Class is 95mm longer and 40mm wider than before. Couple this to an 80mm increase in wheelbase, which now measures 2,840mm, and the C-Class certainly has the potential to offer more cabin space.
And that’s true in part. Up front, there’s lots of room in the comfortable seats, with plenty head and legroom. The driving position is better aligned now, too, and visibility is good. There’s plenty of space in the doors and dash to store the usual on-board clutter, with all models including a media interface for connecting your smartphone to the car.
At launch, there are two diesel and one petrol engine options to choose from. The C220 Bluetec 168bhp 2.1-litre diesel is expected to be the best seller. In entry-level manual SE form, it emits 103g/km and returns over 70mpg, meaning it sits in the 16 per cent BiK bracket – great for company car drivers
Do not like the way the front grille appears to be thought of afterwards and then stuck onto the front. Overall styling might be ok need to see it in the metal. Also don't like the flimsy looking iPad thing on the inside. A little disappointed at this stage - Lexus have a great contender now with their new IS and looks to be the car of choice.
Better than the last C classe, but not really moved on to safe to generic.interior looks OK but that Lexus like controller looks far too busy .Volvo do it better and its far safer than all this touchy feely goings on Mercedes.Driving is not that safe so continually looking and operating so many devices while on the move not good.Hope its better built than current Mercedes are
I have had my Mercedes-Benz for around 2 years now and I must admit I love it. The acceleration is quite good once the engine has warmed up sufficiently but it can be a little sluggish for the first couple of miles.
One downside I found out recently was that it has poor performance when trying to get going in the snow. With it being an automatic car and rear wheel drive, there is no real traction for getting moving up a hill.
Economically, I find it quite good and usually get in the region of 500 miles out of a full tank.
As with many badged cars though, repairs are not overly cheap with tyres costing around £100 each and the services are not overly cheap either.
One point I would make though is the car has never let me down and starts first time every time. Overall, I would recommend this car to friends and family and might even replace my current model with a newer version in the future