MERCEDES BENZ C200 COUPE

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VALUE

The new kid on the block is sharply priced when you look at what you get. Matches or bet­ters the BMW for luxury, safety and driver as­sist tech. Ser­vice costs are greater over five years at $1980 while the war­ranty is the same at three years/un­lim­ited km.

DE­SIGN/TECH

Gor­geous from any an­gle, es­pe­cially the rear. Stan­dard AMG style pack­age en­dows a sportier pres­ence. There are the cool-look­ing di­a­mond style grille and the ag­gres­sive Benz fam­ily frontal look. In­side, the fas­cia has real wood in­lays, five prom­i­nent metal air vents, large tablet style touch­screen and stitched dash. All are straight out of the cur­rent Benz styling book.

EN­GINE

The 2.0-litre turbo (135kW/300Nm) com­fort­ably out-torques the BMW and pro­pels the Coupe from 0-100kmh in 7.3 secs while av­er­ag­ing 6.0L/100km. Trans­mis­sion is “only” a sev­en­speed au­to­matic. Drive is to the rear wheels via var­i­ous sta­bil­ity and com­fort mod­u­la­tions.

SAFETY

It’s a five-star car with nine airbags and takes mat­ters way fur­ther with the lat­est driver as­sist fea­tures from the Benz safety cat­a­logue in­clud­ing adap­tive cruise con­trol, autonomous emer­gency brak­ing, at­ten­tion as­sist, par­al­lel park­ing as­sist, rear park­ing sen­sors, 360-de­gree cam­era, Pre­safe crash prepa­ra­tion, col­li­sion preven­tion as­sist, blind spot warn­ing and lane change as­sist, to name a few.

DRIV­ING

The C200 Coupe is quite a sporty tool when you want it to be. This is aided by four-mode Dy­namic Se­lect, which varies pow­er­train and chas­sis cal­i­bra­tions. Of note is the steer­ing, com­bin­ing sports car feel with a city run­about turn­ing cir­cle. Ride qual­ity is good de­spite the low-pro­file rub­ber and the car feels well-bal­anced all the time in a range of driv­ing sce­nar­ios. The en­gine has a muted growl when you floor it and the pad­dle-shift­ing is sharp.

VER­DICT These are evenly matched but for the Benz’s de­cided edge on price and su­pe­rior street pres­ence. As a newer model, it adds tech ben­e­fits and is clearly the win­ner. $65,900 19pts

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