Test Drive: 2008 Mercedes C350 4Matic – Autos.ca

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February 25, 2008

Toronto, #8211; It#8217;s funny, you a lot of people ask me what I think this Mercedes versus BMW, this BMW versus Mercedes. My answer to them it#8217;s often long and #8211; is that while cars may well compete in of price, performance and size, often so very, very

BMW#8217;s core product is its a car which is not only its best-selling but which is the brand#8217;s spiritual a small, sporty little whose genes infuse the bigger, more expensive You get the sense that, while like their 7-series and X5, that the Bavarians would be content just building if the business case could it.

On the other hand, Mercedes#8217; competency is its S-class, a big, feature-packed flagship whose and design filter down to the smaller models. The company#8217;s hard, in the last decade, to its less-expensive cars with own design cues and their own (googly eyes on the E-class; a front end on the SLK), but there been times when thought it was trying a bit too hard. was a time, early in this where Mercedes models had so different faces the company a press photo as a sort of guide to the different headlight and shapes.

In some ways, the new 2008 is an extension of that multiple-personality you can now order it with a conventional grille, or if you opt for the sport package, the three-pointed star and pointy treatment previously reserved for its and sports cars. In other however, the new C represents a realization, on part, that people to buy its cars because of their values; that even they#8217;re looking at a smaller, expensive model, they the same levels of quality, luxury and technology as the company#8217;s big All you have to do is look at the new C-class in to see just how much the S weighed on its minds.

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No so than the interior, which is a a return to form for Mercedes a far cry from the organic shapes and surfaces the company had recently with to the consternation of loyal Replacing the old C#8217;s bulging and sweeping surfaces is a dashboard and design that#8217;s deliberately almost sharp-edged in places.

It look very friendly, its slab of black plastic the audio controls and its jagged-looking but in reality, this is a very cockpit. The ergonomics are intuitive, big, easy-to-use buttons and and a central control knob for the system. The seats are big, and comfortable #8211; independently like the Mercedes seats of with firm padding initially feels unyielding but your … and back after a long trip.

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Perhaps importantly, there#8217;s a sense of and space in the new cabin; that#8217;s both to a wheelbase stretch liberates more room and rear as well as design like low window sills and the panoramic moonroof. It feels big in you sit higher and more upright in a 3-series BMW, you have legroom in the back than an A4 (though the next-generation model handily beat the Mercedes and there#8217;s way more shoulder and room than Lexus#8217; IS. Within its competitive set, the Infiniti G35 feels roomier.

And while the new C may not have every covered in leather or wood the S, the same sense of quality is Rap your knuckles on the dash or the panels and there#8217;s no hollowness to the you hear, while every and button has an expensive, well-damped The two-tone dash (it#8217;s on its top, to reduce glare) like it#8217;ll survive while the doors slam that Mercedes bank-vault

There#8217;s theatre too, to a screen that rises out of the top of the when you start the car. Opt for the package #8211; why wouldn#8217;t when it#8217;s free and you get grey-stained wood, a silver-trimmed cluster and a gorgeous three-spoke wheel that#8217;s a delight to and incorporates controls for the audio and systems. Like many in its class, the C-class comes Bluetooth capability, but it didn#8217;t talking to my BlackBerry or a friend#8217;s phone, so you may want to check Mercedes about your compatibility.

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The new C like a miniaturized S-class, is no bad thing. Roll down any and there#8217;s that same of refinement that you get in the bigger Even with the sport and its larger AMG-design wheels, the quality is super, taking the off even the sharpest pavement gliding over big bumps as if were barely there.

The automatic transmission (opt for the C300 model and you can get a manual) cogs quickly and smoothly, keeping the 3.5-litre V6 in its ideal zone. While the Mercedes#8217; is down on power relative to other small luxury (the BMW produces 300 hp to the 268; the G35 306), the combined effect of all gears and the 3.5#8242;s fat spread of means you always have of power for acceleration and passing. The is nearly silent in operation, a gentle snarl only itself heard when you your foot flat to the

I#8217;ve always felt the C-class#8217; handling was underrated by a lot of my both here and abroad. The ride and overall refinement a car that#8217;s soft around the but in reality, it#8217;s always had as handling capability as an equivalent

That#8217;s true of the new car as well; past the layer of refinement and you a chassis that grips and and grips (4Matic all-wheel-drive is ever more popular and was to my test car, but you don#8217;t it with a good set of winter offering plenty of road and exceptional stability. What is about the new C is how its talents are a bit less than they were

The steering feels immediately and alive, there#8217;s no slop at all in the pedal and you really feel the car wants to dance. It is, then, like the S-class I had a chance to around a racetrack late year; sportier than Mercedes with all of the old security.

is, in the end, probably the most thing about the new C-class. It is bang-up-to-date and reassuringly old-school. It up-to-date technology, safety and with the solidity, security and of the best big Benzes. It#8217;s of life #8211; fun to drive, to at, to be seen in #8211; and feels it will stay that way for a long time. It represents traditional values while looking ahead.

No wonder proving to be such a success.

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