Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Class Matters

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Class Matters

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THE MK1 model C-Class coupe was Mercedes' rival for the popular 2-door versions of BMW's 3-series and Audi's A5.

Based on the third generation 'W204 C-Class' model and launched in 2011, it was a more clearly focus coupe than some of the company's previous models, cars like the CLC, the CLK and the E-Class coupe all failing to live up to expectations. Lower roofline aside, this C-Class coupe looks almost identical to the saloon it's based on and shares that car's engines and interior.

Some owners have reported troubles with the 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox. However in general, the C-Class is typically very reliable and there are no major issues reported.

A thorough check of the service history and condition of the car should be enough to avoid any poorly maintained examples. Mercedes is determined that we should see this car as a fully-fledged sports coupe, rather than merely a two-door version of the C-Class saloon. Hence the standard AMG bodykit, the 18-inch alloy wheels and the 15mm lower ride height that all UK customers had to have.

All this intended sportiness is there for a reason - and it isn't only to get this car on terms with BMW and Audi. This quickly becomes clear when you look at a few stats, for essentially what we have here is a product that's in many ways near-identical to Mercedes' significantly more expensive E-Class Coupe model. That car and this one sit on basically the same underpinnings. They share the same wheelbase and a number of the same engines.

Indeed, aside from the fact that an E-Class Coupe is 55kgs heavier and four inches longer, there isn't really too much difference between the two cars at all.

Except that they're intended to appeal to two very different audiences, the two-door E-Class targeted at older buyers, this car at younger ones.

Hence this design's more dynamic look and feel, a trend that continues on inside. You sit lower-down behind an AMG-style three-spoke chrometrimmed wheel and look ahead into three deeply cowled sports instrument dials, the largest central one of which features a smart three-dimensional display at its centre. …

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