Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Executive Motoring: Mercedes C Is Best in Class

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Executive Motoring: Mercedes C Is Best in Class

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Byline: Malcolm Robertshaw

WHILE the saloon car does not command the same popularity as it did in the past, there are still a number of examples out there and I have just spent some time in one of the more upmarket models.

The Mercedes-Benz C200 Compact Saloon proved a very pleasant surprise after being behind the wheel of a number of hatchback versions of other cars.

The designers have given this C-Class a head-turning wedge-shaped front end, emphasising its agility and performance while the radiator grille is used as a model distinguishing feature, the Sport model driven here getting three horizontal louvres with the three-pointed Mercedes badge positioned on the grille rather than the bonnet.

This latest manifestation of a Mercedes C-Class compact executive saloon comes in three trim levels - SE, Elegance and Sport - all providing a generous amount of state-of-the-art technology on board including the recently developed Agility Control suspension package with selective damping to provide a comfort or sporty ride.

Today's C-Class has become the best-seller in the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range and, in recent times, despite the steady decline of the saloon car genre, more than 114,000 C-Class saloons have been sold in the UK.

It is a car with the executive touch which provides the ability to ferry a family in space and comfort while enabling business users to effortlessly rack up the motorway miles.

This latest C-Class has a cabin a couple of extra inches in length, a similar amount in the width and wheelbase length, plus an extra inch and a half of shoulder room, all adding up to an interior which offers both driver and passengers much more comfort.

Both front and rear seats are supremely comfortable. It has a big-car feel to the inside while all around you there is much evidence of a thoughtfully designed and very well put together piece of automotive engineering.

One of the largest in class, the boot is practically shaped to provide family-style stowage of some 475 litres and, while the entry level SE comes with the likes of alloys, automatic climate control, eight-speaker sound system with single CD, seven airbags, ABS and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) driver safety aids as standard, the Sport version also adds items such as lowered sports suspension, sports seats and multi-function steering wheel. …

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