Introduction to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class first appeared in 1993 and was the smallest model in the range until the advent of the A-Class in 1997. Unlike the A Class, which competes with a range of premium models as well as family vehicles such as Ford Fiesta Cars, the C Class only has direct competitors in the premium sector.

Three levels of trim are available on the C-Class compact executive car – Sport, Elegance and SE.

All models have an agility control package with shock absorber control. There is a light system with five different functions and a preventive occupant protection system.

The C-Class has a choice of four and six-cylinder engines with up to 13 per cent more output than the previous C-Class and up to 11 percent better fuel consumption.

The C 180 Kompressor BlueEFFICIENCY has a number of weight saving, energy management and aerodynamic measures.

The C-Class Saloon is 4581 millimetres long – 55 millimetres longer than its predecessor. The body width has increased by 42 mm to 1770 millimetres, and the wheelbase by 45 mm to 2760 millimetres.

The exterior design of the C-Class features a wedge-shape at the front. The radiator grille has three extended, horizontal louvres and a big centrally positioned Mercedes star on the Sport model which also has AMG body styling such as front and rear aprons plus side skirts.

A three-dimensional, louvered radiator grille with a high-gloss paint finish marks out the Elegance version.

The standard agility control package includes the system’s suspension with a selective damping system.

This controls the shock absorber forces according to the driving situation.

The steering of the C-Class has a ratio of 14.5, and is therefore six per cent more direct than the steering of the preceding model. The gearshift has a short travel and precise shifts.

The dynamic handling package is optionally available on Sport models. There is a choice of two gearshift programmes – Sport and Comfort. Within these programmes the shock absorber for each wheel has infinitely variable electronic control.

The adaptive brake is based on the technology of the S-Class and provides additional support functions such as priming the braking system in critical situations and light contact to dry the brake discs in wet conditions.

The C-Class has a Hill Start Assist system,which prevents the vehicle rolling backwards when it detects that it is on an incline.

Output of the supercharged four-cylinder engines is increased by up to 13 per cent and there is an increase of about 18 percent in torque.

The latest C-Class sees the introduction of one of the first BlueEFFICIENCY models that use weight saving measures, energy management and enhanced aerodynamics to improve fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions.

The C180 Kompressor BlueEFFICIENCY has a 199cc reduction in displacement over the outgoing C180 Kompressor model but has the same 156hp and 230Nm of torque, while economy is improved by up to 11 per cent and carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 19 per cent to 149 g/km.