Much like the previous generation, the new C-Class borrows heavily from the S-Class of its time in the design department and arguably leaves the ageing E-Class for dead both outside and in.
In many ways, it’s a miniature S-Class from the outside and from a distance you can indeed mistake the two models rather easily. Step inside though and it’s a different and more surprising outcome, where we confidently rate the new C-Class a more modern place to be than Benz’s best offering.
The now uncluttered C-Class interior is class leading by some margin. It blends supreme craftsmanship and build quality (of its switchgear and interior trim) with an easy to use human-machine interface that finally outshines its Audi and BMW rivals.
Gone are the busy buttons of the centre console that resembled a now defunct Blackberry and in its place comes the iPad-like screen (that many don’t appear to love as much as we do) which brings the latest version of Mercedes-Benz’ COMAND infotainment system, controlled via a gorgeous rotary dial and touch interface.
It’s a challenge to fault the C-Class interior, which also offers 14mm more front shoulder room, 31mm more front seat height adjustment and 26mm more rear legroom than its predecessor.
Under the bonnet the same engine lineup as the current model continues, with the C200 and C250 petrol both utilising the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 135-155kW and 300-350Nm respectively.
The C200 petrol will do the 0-100km/h dash in 7.3-seconds while the C250 gets you there in 6.6-seconds. Given the main difference between the engines used in each model is merely a software tune (no doubt a marketing department trick) both achieve a fuel economy rating of 6L/100km.
On the highway the C200 generated more than enough grunt to keep up with and overtake traffic, though traversing hills and twisty roads with a bit of enthusiasm did result in that ‘need-more-power’ sensation.