Over to you
I’ve always been a Mercedes-benz fan and owned a used 2005 A170 and 2013 C180. After turning 50 last year and having never bought a brand-new car before, I treated myself to a box-fresh C180 9G-tronic.
CAR has often said the entry-level model is the pick of the range and this de - nitely holds true for the CClass. Travelling at 120 km/h with the engine ticking-over at well under 2 000 r/min in ninth gear is a pleasure.
We embarked on an epic road trip from Durban to the Mother City and back during the December holidays. The C180’s fuel ef ciency is impressive, averaging around 6,5 L/100 km for a range of more than 900 km with the air-conditioning on.
As a daily driver and with fuel prices ever increasing, I have recently resorted to using the economy mode. In this drive setting, the car hastens to top gear and uses a “gliding” mode, where it disengages the gears and coasts along when necessary. I feel it does contribute to better fuel consumption and I try to see how often I can “glide”.
As a teacher and longtime subscriber, not to mention a con rmed car guy, I have fond memories of our trip to the Cape as December is fast approaching.
AI BUCKUS Mount Edgecombe
[I’m a rm believer in simple is best, Mr Buckus. Take my Peugeot 3008 long-termer, for example. It’s the entrylevel Active model, which means it’s competitively priced and rides beautifully on its humble 17-inch alloy wheels – editor.]