2013 Mercedes-Benz C200 Review
Review by: Tim Marsh
Chances are, if you’re in the market for a car that can multi-task as both a premium luxury vehicle, as well as a family car, you’ll want to consider the Mercedes C-Class range.
Here is our 2013 C-Class review. We look at the features of the Mercedes C200 model, and the Mercedes C200 price.
Mercedes-Benz has two models available within the C200 range, the standard C200 and the C200 CDI. Both models are available in
either a sedan or wagon (estate).
Exterior and style
While the exterior design of Mercedes-Benz cars never changes too dramatically, and although the C200 is one of their less sporty lines, this range still flaunts the typical combination of generous curves and sleek lines.
Interior and comfort
Mercedes-Benz offers two trim options, either the middle-range ‘Elegance’ level, or the premium ‘Avantgarde’ level, both of which are
available on all models. They’ve also re-designed the instrument panel, and although the old version could hardly be described as dowdy, the new panel is definitely the epitome of style.
Under the bonnet
All models have a 4-cylinder 1.8-litre engine. The Mercedes C200 sedan pulls in 135kW/270Nm, while the C200 CDI sedan drags 100kW/300Nm. The C200 sedan has a 0 to 100km/h speed of 8.2 seconds, while the CDI sedan is 9.2 seconds. Comparatively, the estate models appear to be .1 second faster in the C200 and .3 seconds slower in the C200 CDI. Driving the power on all models is a rear-wheel drive 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission.
The Mercedes C200 has the standard Pre-Safe occupant protection system, which is said to identify dangerous driving situations, and then activate safety features to protect passengers. It also comes with active lane keeping assist, active blind spot assist, attention assist, acceleration skid control, adaptive brake system and intelligent light system.
On the road
According to Mercedes, the suspension is fully customisable, so you can switch from soft and spongy to hard and sporty. This comes from the Agility Control suspension, which has a selective damping system. It also has a self-levelling suspension at the rear to balance the ride, and increase safety and stability while towing or carrying extra weight.
Value for money
The Mercedes C200 price starts at $58,600, plus on road costs. While this price is quite reasonable for a car of its calibre, the cost does climb considerably when you add in the optional (but tempting) extras.
BMW’s 3 Series, and Audi’s A4 line, both bat against the Mercedes C200 in this class.
First up, the BMW 316i sedan has a starting price of $50,900, plus on roads, while the 320i sedan starts at $58,600, and the 320d sedan starts at $60,900. The 316i doesn’t even come close in power, pulling in only 100kW/200Nm. However, the 320i and 320d both manage 135kW/270-380Nm, which is in line with the C200.
The A4 sedan (1.8-litre multitronic) is similarly priced at $55,500, plus on roads, while the 2.0-litre manual starts at $61,700. Neither model is as powerful as the C200, with the 1.8-litre coming in at 125kW/320Nm, and the 2.0-litre offering 130kW/380Nm.
If you’re looking for a classy, but powerful, sedan or wagon, then book in a test drive to try out the new C200. Fair in price, generous in power and subtle but sleek in appearance, as we’ve found in our 2013 C-Class review, the C200 is sure to satisfy.
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