Simple as B and C-class
Added value and nicer prices for the most popular Mercs
THE C-Class has kicked butt this year and its latest upgrades are intended to boot its rivals right between the tail-lights.
Fettling of the C-Class coupe brings the $59,990 base model’s fuel use to just 6.3L/100km, a substantial 1.0L improvement on the current model. At the other end of the line-up is the C250 Sport, based onAMGtweaks to the steering and suspension.
The C-Class is already a sharp steerer and an exclusive
Carsguide drive shows the recalibrated wheel brings more precision to the party, with crisper turn-in and better onroad feel at speed. More aggressive camber settings keep the wheels flatter under cornering load and, along with upgraded spring and damper settings, give the car tenacious mid-corner grip.
There’s no more power on the $78,550 Sport model— buyers need to spend $6840 more for theAMGperformance pack to gain an extra 22kW— but the accelerator response has been remapped for better response and the seven-speed auto’s gear changes have been sharpened.
Price and posture have made the C-Class the car to be seen in so far this year.
BMWhas held its own in the sedan field, where pricing is similar to its arch rival, but its coupes are about $10,000 dearer than comparable Benzes.
A new propeller-badged coupe is due late next year and BMWspokesman Piers Scott says as the current model enters runout mode buyers can ‘‘ expect to get seriously good deals at the retail level’’.
Meanwhile, Merc’s B-Class line-up also has earned a topto-bottom overhaul.
The entry-level B180 rises by $1000 to $39,990 but gains 17-inch wheels, a reversing camera and fuel use of 5.8L/100km, an improvement of 0.3L. The B250 now heads the range— at least until the arrival of theAMG version— and runs on 18-inch wheels and lowered suspension.
The $49,500 front-wheel drive
sports tourer’’ hits 100km/h in just 6.8 seconds and still manages an official fuel use of just 6.5L/100km.
The C-Class gets steering upgrades and better on-road feel