Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2007 - )
Last updated 2 December 2013
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There have been some sweeping changes inside the C-Class. Compared to the previous model it's bigger and wider so consequently feels more spacious, especially in the rear thanks to decent leg and headroom. The boot is generous too and with a wide opening and wide load floor so it's practical for a saloon. Thanks to a superb driving position and plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel the driving environment feels spacious, but there are some criticisms.
Considering this is labelled as an 'executive saloon' we’re disappointed by the feel of some of the plastics used. Don’t get us wrong, after all the fit and finish are top notch, but the cabin feels a little utilitarian and lacks a sense of charm. Overall though it’s a clean and unfussy design while the switchgear has a quality touch to it. There's reasonable room in the back (for this type of car) and good headroom although it's disappointing that folding rear seats don't come as standard. One change we’d like to have seen was the move away from a foot-operated parking brake, which seems old-fashioned when most other cars at this level are moving to electric systems.
At least it stays ‘live' for a few seconds and which means an end to the problems when moving off from rest on a hill. The foot-operated brake is fine when allied to automatic gearbox - but for manual cars it can be a nerve-racking experience trying to match the clutch and accelerator with the release of a dead-feeling handbrake when parked on a slope, particularly at a busy junction. The new system, called Hill Start Assist, senses when the vehicle is on an incline and, with the car in gear, delays the release of the brakes after the driver's foot is removed just long enough for the accelerator to be covered and the parking brake to be disengaged.
When it comes to equipment levels, the C-Class range has been simplified from the previous five levels to just three: SE, Elegance and Sport. The Sport model is easily distinguished by a large Mercedes star positioned in the middle of the grille instead of sitting on top of the bonnet.Back: Driving Next: Specifications