2016 Mercedes-Benz C250 review filed by Chris Miller.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has come of age. Brilliant ride, frugal yet powerful engines and S-Class styling make the 2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class the benchmark in the segment.
Staggeringly, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the second best selling medium size car in Australia, only out sold by the Toyota Camry. It’s a big achievement when you consider the starting price for the C-Class is $60,900, and goes to prove how popular with buyers this car is.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C250 we drove was delivered in a sophisticated dark blue with privacy glass and subtle chrome highlights, particularly in this colour combo, the C-Class is the epitome of elegance.
It’s a theme that’s continued in the cabin thanks to premium materials producing high end finishes that reinforce that you are indeed driving a Mercedes-Benz.
The dash layout and seating position are intelligently designed, the steering wheel is just the right size and the gear selector positioned on the side of the steering wheel frees up valuable space in the centre console.
The instrument binnacle and displays can be personalised to deliver information most relevant to you. An optional head-up display is a great addition; it too can be programmed to display your choice of info.
The Mercedes-Benz infotainment unit isn’t in my opinion as easy to use as BMW’s iDrive system…but it’s not far off. The menus can take a little time to become accustomed to but once you’ve established where the sub menus are hidden you can navigate around quite quickly and intuitively.
The seats are comfortable, and while there’s plenty of room up front, like most cars in the segment, rear leg room leaves a little to be desired. The boot is enormous and will easily swallow a couple of sets of golf clubs.
On the road the C-Class Mercedes-Benz shines.
The C250 ($68,900) as tested was fitted with the optional ($2490) AIRMATIC Suspension which provided a supple ride regardless of the road surface. The Mercedes feels as if it’s floating along, however when you switch from Comfort to Sport mode you can feel the suspension tighten and ready itself for some vigorous driving.
It’s this Jekyll and Hyde ride quality that is the C-Class’ most endearing trait. With the ability to flip between a super luxurious ride to a genuinely sporting character, the C Class offers the best of both worlds.
In sports mode it is unflappable…hit a bump mid corner at speed and the C-Class just keeps on keeping on. It’s predictable, corners flat and will easily exceed the limits of most drivers. The rear wheel drive bias gives it a sporting feel and it’s a truly rewarding car to steer along a challenging road.
Under the bonnet of the C250 sits a 2.0 litre turbo charged 4 cylinder producing 155kW and 350Nm enabling a respectable sprint to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds.
Hooked up to a nice 7-Speed automatic gearbox that can be controlled manually via steering wheel mounted paddles, the Mercedes is far from thirsty, the official claim is 6.0 litres per 100km, I returned 6.8 litres per 100km over a week of fairly energetic driving.
Like all European luxury cars you can tick a seemingly endless option list depending on the depth of your pockets, however the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is generous in its standard inclusions so even if the base price is as far as your budget can stretch, be sure not to discount the Benz.
The C-Class of 2016 is an accomplished performer both in the luxury and sporting stakes and is every inch a Mercedes Benz. It’s easy to see why people fall head over heels in love with it.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Mercedes-Benz C250
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 155kW and 350Nm or 2.1 litre turbo-diesel producing 150kW and 500Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Three years
Origin: South Africa
Price: from $68,900