The current W205 Mercedes C-Class has been around for 4 years now and has proved to be a trend setting rock star in terms of sales and customer preference. Anyone from privileged college kids to elderly business owners have a hunger towards the charming Tri-Star badge. So it only makes sense that Merc refreshed the C-Class range. You now have 6 variants to choose from, the C 200 Avantgarde Sedan, C 300 AMG Sedan, AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan, and the respective coupe body versions of those. So let’s dive in and check out what separates the 1st generation W205 and its younger twin.
C200 Goes From 2.0T to 1.5T + EQ
Yes, you read that right. The previous 184hp/300nm 2.0 litre turbo engine has been replaced by a far more efficient 1.5 litre turbocharged four banger. Fret not, thanks to a twin-scroll turbo unit, the wee little engine chucks out around about the same figures as the outgoing 2.0 engine. But wait, there’s more. Mercedes has on board a system called EQ Boost. EQ Boost comes from a 48 volt starter/alternator power supply that produces a 13hp/160Nm jolt to fill in the power band while the turbocharger spools. Couple this new tech with the impressive engine and you’d have a hard time believing that the engine under the hood is no larger than that of a local city runabout.
9 Gears Rather Than 7
The more the merrier! Given that Mercedes is a company that prides themselves in having sublime cruise-ability, we can understand why the gearbox now contains 9 gears rather than 7 as before. Still a G-Tronic transmission, the cars now whisk effortlessly from one gear to another. At highway speeds, the gearbox hurries into the highest gear possible to attain the ideal rpm but does not adamantly force you to stay there. If your foot starts to get heavy, lower gears are gently offered rather than shoved. Some take this as a flaw but we think it is in tune with Mercedes’ ethos.
AMG Power and Gearbox Upgrades
When the AMG C43 was first launched, despite its impressive engine and doorway into the AMG world, it had issues. The power was not as exhilarating as an AMG badged car should be nor was the problematically jerky gearbox. For the facelift, they’ve addressed those issues by turning the power up a tad bit. Up by 23hp, the 3.0 litre BiTurbo V6 engine now sends 390hp and 520Nm of torque to all 4 wheels. The gearbox has been tuned to address the issues experienced on the first batch and from our initial test drives, it seems to have worked because the gearshifts are far more subtle and liveable on a day to day basis. For a full test though, we need to get one on a track because the AMG C43 is a proper performance car and deserves to be ragged to its limit.
Sportier Exterior Styling
Differentiating the pre and post facelift may be difficult on first glance but it’s possible. A new selection of rims contributes to the sportier outlook as does the refreshed bumpers and grills with diamond design grills, albeit finished in grained black for the C200. While the C200 and C300 have chrome exhaust-like tips built into the rear bumpers, the AMG C43 now has quad circular tips that definitely boosts the AMG look.
Multibeam LED Headlamps and Subtle Design Alterations on Rear lamps
What is Mercedes without game-changing gadgets? For the C200, new sleeker headlamps complement the sportier front look while the rear lamp s now resemble a C. The two bigger boys in the range come equipped with Stuttgart’s future-esque Multibeam LED headlights. These headlights are constantly reading the road for opposing traffic, light conditions and signboards in order to adjust the angle and intensity of the headlamps so to provide the optimum visibility for the driver. Not to mention it has a discotech startup procedure.
Customisable 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit
This I personally have a liking towards. You have 3 modes to choose from for your digital instrument cluster. Classic, Sport, and Progressive. Each of which caters for respective users according to the mood. What amazes me is that you can have the AMG sports displays even on the C200 and select, via the touch control buttons on the steering wheel, what sort of data you’d like to view. The 10.25 inch infotainment can also be controlled from the steering wheel. Merc must have hired some pretty innovative IT guys because everything digital in the car is cinematic.
The burden of turning your head to spot a car is no longer required (still advised to do so) thanks to Blind Spot Assist that is now available in the C200 as well. The system is active from crawling speeds of 10kmh and warns the driver via visual and audible signals when you use the indicator stalk. The C300 and C43 however, get Active Lane Keeping Assist which is the next step before self-driving cars. The radars on the car detect when the driver strays out of the lane and first, warns the driver by pulsing the steering wheel and then applies brakes to the respective wheel, bringing the car back in line. The system is also able to prevent a collision with surrounding vehicles.
There you have it folks! Here are the official prices (OTR without insurance) and pictures to help you in deciding your next purchase.