2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe Review

2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe Road Test and Review...

There’s no doubt about it, the 2016 Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe is a good looking machine. Strong, poised and pretty all at the same time.

It’s got a diamond studded grille and laser lights for a face, and a bum reminiscent of a late Porsche 928. It’s blingy yet restrained, fun yet sophisticated.

You just want to walk up to it and let everyone watch you get in.

The good news is there is substance behind the style.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe Review.

Based on the acclaimed C-Class Saloon, the Coupe condenses the best bits resulting in a sporting character that is really rewarding to drive.

Under the bonnet is a 2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder that pumps out 180kW and 370Nm propelling the C300 Coupe to 100km/h in just 6 seconds.

It develops a raspy wail high in the rev range, but at low speeds you barely hear it.

It pulls away effortlessly riding its big wide band of torque, and piles on speed at a rapid rate of knots for easy overtaking.

It’s economical too, and while I couldn’t match the Mercedes-Benz claim of 6.6 litres per 100km, I found the consumption number hovering around the 7 litres per 100km.

The car changes markedly by flipping between Sport and Comfort modes, tightening the suspension, beefing up the steering weight and sharpening throttle responses all at the flick of a switch.

Hit the comfort button and it becomes a relaxed cruiser.

It’s a case of having your cake and eating it too.

Driving the rear wheels it errs on the side of being oversteery…but it’s predictable and is easy to drive fast.

On the big 19 inch wheels poor road surfaces make themselves known inside the cabin, and the ride, even in comfort mode, is on the firm side, but the resulting sharp handling is worth some minor discomfort.

Speaking of the cabin, it really is stunning.

Beautiful materials that all feel nice to touch grace most surfaces.

While there isn’t a huge amount of room inside, the way the available space is used is clever.

The dash architecture just makes sense, and all the switchgear is logically positioned.

Space is at a premium thanks to the swooping rear roof line. It looks fabulous but the back seats are tight, and the boot isn’t quite as big as you might expect…but it will swallow the all important set of golf clubs.

The tablet style display in the centre of the dash is big and crisp, and the menus are easy enough to navigate.

There’s more menus and settings to play with in the middle of the instrument cluster giving you the option to personalise this car to exactly how you like it.

Don’t like the colour of the interior lights? Change them. You want the gearbox to shift early but still want the engine in its most responsive mode? Well, you can do that too.

Unexpectedly, the amount of standard technology fitted to the C300 Coupe is refreshingly generous and includes:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Parking assistance with automated steering
  • Digital radio
  • Front, rear and side vision cameras

All of these features are included for the base starting price of $83,400.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe Review.

There are plenty of options…pretty much any colour other than black will cost you at least $1,990.

If you take the Vision package which gives you active headlights with automatic high beam, head-up display and a sunroof it will cost you an extra $4,490, and the AIRMATIC Agility Air Suspension costs another $2,990.

So it’s not necessarily cheap, but stacks up to be right on the money when you compare it to its German counterparts.

The Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe is a cohesive machine, in looks and performance. Stacked with useable tech and possessing plenty of punch, as a premium sporting coupe, it ticks all the boxes.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol developing 180kW and 370Nm

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic

Warranty: Three years

Safety: Not tested

Origin: Germany

Price: from $83,400

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