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Mercedes-Benz C-Class [2011-2014]

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Discontinued
Last recorded price : 33.45 Lakhs - 1.07 Crores
Mercedes-Benz has discontinued the C-Class [2011-2014] and the car is out of production.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class [2011-2014] Review

Mercedes has given the C-class a mid-life facelift. AUTO BILD INDIA takes it for a spin…

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Introduction

It has been a while since the Mercedes-Benz C-class has been in the market. With time however the competition has got hotter and the C was just waiting to get spruced up. While in overseas markets, the upgraded C-class has been available for a couple of months, Mercedes is now ready to launch the facelifted  C here in India.

Looks & Interiors

At first glance not much seems to have changed apart from the two-tone paint scheme and a rather large sunroof. But look closely and you will notice that Mercedes has actually made things better rather than change it all. The new headlamps and the bumper are the more pronounced changes with the latter now getting repositioned air intakes that look sporty. Moreover the inclusion of day time running lights is a welcome addition. It also seems a lot better integrated in the design. In profile one can also notice the new alloys, but the size of the wheels remains same at 17 inches in diameter. The tail lights on the C-class are new as well and look sportier than before. 

Most of the changes though lie inside. The new dashboard is a notch above the previous gen version and looks inspired by its big brother the E-class. The instrument panel too is new and the shades used are more soothing. The Attention Assist safety system is a welcome addition too. The steering wheel is new and in this Avant Garde version it is a three-spoke unit with integrated controls for audio and telephone. Indents for your thumb once again mean that Merc wants to add a bit of a sporty appeal to the C as well. The soft touch plastics and interior trim too add up to give the driver a more luxurious appeal.

The drive

Start up the C and the 1796cc petrol engine settles down instantly. So much so that at idle you will be hard-pressed to know whether it is running. Sensation of speed is also muted in the C 200 Blue Efficiency so one doesn't realise what speed one is doing until one looks at the speedo. The most significant change though comes in form of a new 7-speed automatic transmission. The 'box feels quick and in manual mode, it provides quite a bit of support for the Merc to zip past traffic. However the absence of paddleshifters is a bit surprising. 

The steering feels light and quick. However as the speeds rise, it does feel a bit overly assisted. Surely a little more feedback would have been better. 

On the ride front though there's little to complain about. The suspension soaks up bumps very nicely at low speeds and even at high speeds, it remains comfortable.

Verdict

With the new C-class Mercedes has paid more attention to detail than just replace things. The interiors especially are much more luxurious than before and feel it too. Quality of switchgear has improved too and that’s a good point. The new gearbox too is a good way forward, but paddleshifters are still missed.


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Mercedes-Benz C-Class [2011-2014] Colours

C-Class [2011-2014] is available/sold in the following colours in India.

  • Obsidian Black
  • Palladium Silver
  • Calcite White
  • Obsidian Black
  • Palladium Silver
  • Iridium Silver
  • Polar White
  • Dolomite Brown
* Colours shown are indicative and may vary slightly from actual car colours.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class [2011-2014] User Reviews

A very beautiful looking car!

for Mercedes-Benz C-Class [2011-2014] on 26-Jan-2016 by Gaurika Singh

Exterior I think best in this segment. It looks like a SUPER LUXURY CAR FROM OUTSIDE. It actually acts as a head turner on the road. Interior (Features, Space &...

Peronal drive

for Mercedes-Benz C-Class [2011-2014] on 10-Nov-2014 by Deepanshu Jain

Exterior Classy looks great edges with panormic sunroof. Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Front seats comfortable  as accepted good for perosnal use but its not...

Nice drivers car

for Mercedes-Benz C-Class [2011-2014] on 30-Dec-2013 by S S Panesar

Exterior Quite imperessive all over very nice style. Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) All the required features are present,you feel very easy to drive this master...

Good value , Great Power , excellent handling

for Mercedes-Benz C-Class [2011-2014] on 03-Apr-2013 by Amol P

Exterior Good looking car , ideal size for Indian cities.  Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Good layout of dials. The car does everything for you. good space for 4...

Amazing package

for Mercedes-Benz C-Class [2011-2014] on 16-Dec-2012 by Naveen V

Exterior One of the best looking cars in its segment. The body is as strong as a tank and gives you a lot of confidence on highways. Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Interiors...

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