Mercedes-Benz C250 CDI Review

June 4, 2016
Mercedes C250 CDI Coupe (2011)

A sharpened interior and more power help the new C-Class stave off the luxury soft-roader trend.

Drive rating
Price $67, 900
Body type sedan
Safety Ancap rated
Engine size 2.1L, 4 cylinder
Performance Power: 150kW Torque: 500Nm
Fuel economy 5.1 L/100 Km
Pros
  • Stylish interior
  • Punchy diesel
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Comfortable and composed ride
  • Confident performance
  • Strong safety
  • Generous boot space
Cons
  • Mercedes charges extra for some gear
  • Auto prone to occasional clunky downchange
  • Confined rear seat
  • Average real-world fuel efficiency
  • Sharp ride at low speeds

It was only a decade ago that entry-level luxury sedans were a must-have. These days they still account for a large chunk of sales for the leading prestige brands, although the emergence of new soft-roader-style wagons and more affordable hatchbacks has seen their dominance eroded.

Not that it's stopped the continual improvement and competitiveness that's defined the breed, the latest example of which can be seen in Mercedes-Benz's C-Class range. A new seven-speed automatic transmission is fitted to all models while the diesels - including a new entry-level C200 CDI model - get an engine stop-start system partly responsible for further lowering fuel use.

Source: www.drive.com.au
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