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Mercedes C-Class review - price,specs and 0-60 time
Striking exterior looks and a sumptuous cabin that proves Mercedes is back at the top of its game give the W205 C-Class a great platform to build on, which it duly does with a driving experience as cultured as you’d expect from its shrunken S-Class appearance. In terms of handling, the C-Class is adept in most situations and has decent steering feel too. But like many a Mercedes before it, when you start asking tough questions of the dynamics it doesn’t really yield up any meaningful answers. The C 450 AMG Sport 4Matic model rectifies this issue, however, if you can’t stretch to the awesome Mercedes-AMG C63.
If you can wait for a C-Class until summer 2016, you’d be best off choosing the C 450 AMG Sport 4Matic. Fitting in between AMG Line-equipped regular Mercs and the full-on Mercedes-AMG C 63, this 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 develops 362bhp, 384lb ft and can hit 62mph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds. The best news is that the C 450 manages to tread a fine line between the standard C-Class and the C 63 in terms of driver involvement.
When a full plug-in petrol-electric hybrid model called the C 350 e comes on stream in mid-2016, a couple of hybrid options will be lurking within the C-Class line-up. The current C 300 BlueTec Hybrid would be our recommendation of the existing C-Class range if you’re after the best balance of economy and power. It’s a mild diesel-electric hybrid, the 27hp supplementary motor housed in the 7G-Tronic transmission and working with the 2.1-litre combustion engine in 201bhp output. The C 300 can’t be used in fully electric mode above about 20mph, but the torque-fill provided by electric power ekes the most out of the C’s diesel reserves. It’s also eerily brilliant when the C 300 seamlessly switches the combustion engine off and back on at A-road speeds when you momentarily come off the throttle and, although Mercedes’ 2143cc diesel can occasionally be a noisy operator, in the C 300 BlueTec it’s remarkably hushed. It’s probably the best-matched drivetrain for the C-Class’ laid-back chassis set-up.