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Tested, Trashed, Driven – Mercedes C300 Coupe AMG Line

Back in the days, buying a Mercedes-Benz would most likely mean you’re a doctor, lawyer or something along the line and driving one would most certainly gain you the seal of approval from your future in-laws but then you’ll be out of the trendy zone because those cars are mainly called the “uncle car”. Fast forward to the 20th century, there is a Mercedes-Benz that would suit every different lifestyle.

What we have here is the Mercedes C-Class Coupe, the C 300 and while it may be an entry-level vehicle, it certainly doesn’t feel or drives like one. The C 300 Coupe is a stylish two-door version of the sedan and while they both share the same mechanical package, the coupe, however, inherit a sportier styling and without a doubt, it is one of the best-looking cars on the road.

Our C 300 Coupe came with the AMG styling package which means that it features a diamond radiator grille with chrome pins, an AMG-specific front apron and a set of 19-inch AMG five twin-spoke alloy wheels. This is the facelift model so there is a new front bumper, updated Multibeam LED headlamps with adaptive high-beam assist plus, and the rear LED tail lamps feature a new light guide.

Besides the subtle changes to the exterior, the updated C 300 Coupe is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged engine that puts out 255 horsepower and 370Nm of torque paired with the 9G-Tronic transmission. The century sprint is done in 6 seconds and it can achieve a top speed of 250 km/h. Fuel economy is top-notch as it managed to do a round trip from KL- Penang-KL using only the B-road without the need to refuel.

Like a true Mercedes, the C 300 rides soft and smooth with confidence. Cabin noise is very well isolated and the suspension handles most of the road imperfections and if you stick it into the sportier settings, the C 300 tightens up and the sharper throttle response calls for a more engaging drive. It is fun to drive and a very capable coupe which remains firmly planted to the road and stay calm around the bends during spirited drives. Steering is responsive but the communication can be better.

Moving inside, this is where the C 300 Coupe shines and in this updated model, the infotainment system is massively improved. The old 8.4-inch display is gone, replaced with a bigger and better 10.25-inch screen. The analog gauge cluster is replaced with a 12.3-inch display which makes the C 300 Coupe feel very modernize. Because it is a C 300 Coupe, there is a surround-view camera and the infotainment kit gets the COMAND Online system and Burmester surrounds sound system.

The C 300 Coupe has the expected premium-quality interior of any Mercedes-Benz model. They didn’t cheap out on the material quality or the workmanship inside the C 300 Coupe as you get Artico leather for the upholstery, dashboard as well as the door beltlines, Nappa leather for the steering wheel and open-pore anthracite oak wood for the trim and it makes the interior look as fancy as the exterior. Side note, you’ll get a panoramic sunroof with the C 300 Coupe.

Being a Coupe, its practicality can’t match its sedan sibling but it is safe to say that the C 300 Coupe is practical enough for day-to-day usage. The front seats are spacious and comfortable and it comes with electric adjustments and lumbar support which is nice. The back seats will accommodate two adults depending on their height as they might suffer from the headroom but thankfully there’s adequate legroom.

Upfront you’ll get two cupholders, the door-side pockets are long and wide and there is a spacious armrest while in the rear there are two cupholders fitted to where you’ll usually find a center seat and a compact pocket for smaller items. Sadly there isn’t a folding rear armrest in the C 300 Coupe.

For a Coupe, it has a decent size trunk which is enough to fit two large suitcases or a human inside. If you need more space, the 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats will allow you to carry longer items like a fishing rod or a skiboard (doubt you’ll need it in Malaysia).

The Mercedes C 300 Coupe might be positioned as an entry-level luxury-sport vehicle but that is purely based on its price point and compact dimension. If you exclude those elements, the C 300 Coupe arguably is a bang for the buck considering how well equipped the car is with a luxurious interior, a fuel efficiency yet powerful engine and most of all it’s impressive driving feel. For the asking price of RM 416,888 the C 300 Coupe worth every single Ringgit. 

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