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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.]

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