First drive Mer­cedes C-Class

The Herald Magazine - - etc DRIVE - JACK EVANS

THE Mer­cedes C-Class is one of the most pop­u­lar pre­mium com­pact sa­loons on sale, go­ing up against the likes of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Se­ries. In fact, it’s

Mer­cedes’ best­selling model – the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer reg­is­tered 46,000 of them in 2017. To keep things cur­rent, the C-Class has been re­freshed for 2018, en­sur­ing it re­mains com­pet­i­tive against sev­eral ca­pa­ble ri­vals. We try it in C200 form, which uses a 1.5-litre petrol mo­tor and some­thing called EQ Boost tech­nol­ogy (more on this later).

The 2018 model has been up­dated with a va­ri­ety of new func­tions and touches. In AMG Line, as our test car was, you get a full ex­te­rior body styling pack­age, heated sports seats and 18-inch al­loy wheels.

In­side, the big­gest change is the in­clu­sion of a 10.25-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen, which is su­perbly clear and el­e­vates the en­tire look of

This can be com­bined with the op­tional 12.3-inch dig­i­tal cock­pit screen to cre­ate a re­ally good-look­ing sys­tem – though not quite as pretty as the fully widescreen ver­sion you’ll find in E and A-Class mod­els. It also costs £2795 ex­tra and has to be spec­i­fied as part of Mer­cedes’ ‘Pre­mium pack­age’.

As we men­tioned, this C200 uses a 1.5-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine to send to – in this case – all four wheels through a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. It’s also avail­able with rear-wheel-drive. Peak power out­put is 182bhp, and you get a use­ful

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