Don’t call me baby, don’t call me little flagship. It seems to scream that the front edge of the new Mercedes C-Class, protagonist of our test drive. Now in its fifth generation, the new C wants to play the leading role in the three-pointed star range. Available in sedan and station wagon versions, it has a fully electrified range of engines, with various 48 Volt mild-hybrid solutions and a plug-in hybrid variant that boasts a full electric range of up to 100 km. Faithful to the transition process of the German brand, the New Mercedes C-Class has also been renewed from the point of view of on-board technologies and style, let’s see how.
Already at the front the aerodynamic refinement work is clearly visible, with the sedan version bringing a cx of 0.24 as a dowry, testifying to the development work done by the German brand. The front is particularly expressive and dominated by the Star, with the sharp full LED optical signature that develops on the sides of the small grille, in line with the latest stylistic features of the brand. Regarding The dimensions, the SW protagonist of our test has a length of 4.75 m, a width of 1.82 m and finally measures 1.45 in height, with a wheelbase of 2.85 meters. The load capacity of the trunk is 490 liters (455 liters for the sedan), with the possibility of reaching up to 1,510 liters if the rear seats are folded down. The interiors are always elegant and refined, with ambient lights emphasizing the premium soul of the C-Class. The other side of the coin is the almost total digitization of the dashboard, a cornerstone of all new Mercedes. Behind the wheel there is the digital dashboard available from 10.25 “or 12.3” while in the center of the dashboard stands the touch display of the infotainment system with vertical orientation and functional inclination to the ergonomics of use of the driver. In this case the dimensions can range from 9.5 ″ to 11.9 ″. The infotainment system is based on the most advanced MBUX software available, with an improved interface and the ability to communicate with the digital instrumentation via voice commands. The artificial intelligence on which the on-board assistant is based, which responds to the now well-known “Hey Mercedes” is more fluid in the dialogue and shows greater naturalness.
As initially anticipated, the new Mercedes C-Class has a totally electrified engine range, starting with the diesel and petrol options that are combined with the MHEV technology. The 48 Volt mild-hybrid system, in the case of petrol, adds 20 HP of electric boost to the 1.5-liter turbo endothermic engine that delivers 204 HP. As for the diesel version, on the other hand, the 2.0 diesel of the 200d offers a power of 200 hp and the same contribution from micro-hybridization, with 440 Nm of torque already available at 1,800 rpm At the base of the infotainmet system display we find the button for the virtual driving modes: in Eco, the MHEV technology allows you to sail by reducing fuel consumption and emissions while if you choose the Sport mode you can immediately appreciate how the brake and accelerator change modulation, adapting to the more aggressive setting with the first being less sweet. To appreciate the constant delivery of the 4-cylinder diesel that can give, when needed, even greater brilliance. Absolute certainty is always linked to comfort and quietness, with the roughness of the terrain that is felt on some occasions only due to the presence of 19 ”AMG wheels on the test car.
Mercedes C-Class he has finally reached the age of maturity: at ease in the role of premium sedan, the baby flagship is no longer a small supporting actor but an absolute protagonist of the range thanks to a first-rate technological content. Last note in favor, the arrival of the steering wheels at the rear, a list option borrowed from the S-Class: at high speeds the front and rear axles steer in the same direction to increase stability especially when cornering while when the wheelbase is less decisive, the front and rear end go into push-pull, ensuring better maneuverability. We conclude with prices: the price list of the New Mercedes C-Class opens at 51,010 euros for the MHEV sedan while the SW version we tested today, the 220d, has a cost of 52,710 euros.