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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.