When you drive a C-Class you get this sense of responsibility, the sense that you have your life together, even though it may not be the case, the car gives you that feeling. It’s like you can already picture yourself as a success when you are driving the car. On this article, I’m going to break down two different versions of the C-Class. We will be looking at the C200 which is a petrol version and the diesel version which is the C220, the designs are the same, but so many subtle components that make them very different.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) builds on its rich heritage of 71 years of manufacturing in South Africa with the 500 000th Mercedes-Benz W205 C-Class rolling off the line at the company’s East London Plant. The milestone was achieved on Saturday, 16 March 2019. The East London Plant is one of four C-Class plants in the world that manufacture the luxury sedan. The 500 000th W205 unit milestone follows the mid-cycle facelift of the W205 model and coincides with the celebration of 25 years of manufacturing the C-Class sedan as well as 25 years of having women on the production lines.
Mercedes Benz C200
The C Class is a beautiful car in general, it’s elegant and with the right mag wheels, it’s so sophisticated as it glides on the road. The people of Mercedes’s Benz decided to give me a grey C200 for the week to test drive. One thing I picked up was that it’s higher than the A-Class which is good because it means that you can take it to the hood more. Mercedes Benz is a brand that you would want to associate yourself with sooner or later as a brand of choice. It has everything you need from infotainment, comfortability, speed, and handling. The C200 was not short of that because it had the AMG package which added the finishing touch. I think when you go for the C200 your main focus should be either how you want your car to look, which rims and finishes as well because it’s a comfortable drive. I have seen a beautiful AMG packaged white C200 with that panoramic roof. Talking about the roof, the C-Class has the best roof in this market because it also sorts out the people at the back as well. For the Marvin man and woman, this is the best car to get when you are moving up in the corporate world and have one child. As for engines, a new 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, mated with a 9-speed automatic transmission, makes its way into the C200. This mild hybrid offering is supplemented with a 48-volt onboard network and the EQ Boost integrated starter-generator that produces an additional 10 kW and 160 Nm when the sedan’s accelerating. The facelifted Mercedes Benz C200 will cost around R613 500.
Mercedes Benz C220 (Diesel)
I have said this before and I will say it again, diesel models are my favorite models on any brand because they seem to offer you more than less. Besides the fact it’s cheaper to have a diesel car, the specs are better than the entry-level base model. Also, these don’t sound like how diesel models used to sound in the past, they are fast even though they might lag here and there they are still a better option, to be honest in this economical climate. The navigation system has a wider screen on this model, it wasn’t a touch screen though, which is fine for now, but the next model has to be a touch screen. The sound system was ok, it didn’t come close to the new A Class that I had the other week, I think from now on I’m comparing all Mercedes Benz models to that one. Also, for road trips, this car would be ideal because during long distance drives it’s very efficient especially on the eco mode, you don’t burn as much petrol as you would with a normal petrol version. Besides adding to your image and lifestyle, this is a great buy and a reliable car in general. While the Mercedes Benz C220 has the turbodiesel front, the C220d 4Matic is powered by a 1.6-litre engine that provides peak outputs of 143 kW and 400 Nm. The facelifted Mercedes Benz C220d will cost around R651 000.