Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016) Review
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016) At A Glance
Elegant and sleek styling. Beautifully judged balance of ride quality and handling. Incredibly refined at high speed. All models get navigation and heated seats. 4Matic available.
Rear space is as tight as you'd expect.
- New prices start from £32,330
- Contract hire deals from £279.87 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 31–50
- On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure
When it comes to desirability, few cars can match the new C-Class Coupe. In taking design cues from the luxury S-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Benz has come up with a much sleeker look for this generation. That swooping rear end also means the Coupe now stands out from the standard C-Class saloon far more than previously.
It's certainly more distinctive and also better to drive. It sits on a totally new platform that's shared with the C-Class. You get the same level of comfort as the four-door saloon but the C-Class Coupe has a bespoke suspension and steering set-up.
The result is a car that blends ride comfort and handling ability together superbly well. So the C-Class Coupe is as effortless on the motorway as it is when tackling tight bends. Much of that is down to a new steering system which gives a more natural feel than before with better weight.
With a low centre of gravity and stiffer suspension, as well as the traditional rear-wheel drive (and four-wheel drive) Mercedes-Benz set-up, the C-Class Coupe handles very well, inspiring plenty of confidence in its ability, all the time offering unflustered performance. This is no frantic racer, rather a refined and effortless coupe.
While it's a two-seater, the C-Class Coupe is still practical with a decent boot and plenty of storage. There's also lots of cabin room for the front passengers, although the rear seats are a pretty token addition, although you can fit a car seat in.
The interior is a huge step up from the old C-Class Coupe with the button-heavy layout replaced by a sleek and minimalist design with a high quality finish. It's far more the kind of premium cabin you'd expect from a Mercedes-Benz.
Similarly the engine range is impressive. The C 200 is the entry-level model and with 184PS from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, along with a new six-speed manual gearbox, it offers more than enough zest to make the C-Class Coupe fun to drive. The diesels are excellent too - especially the C 250 d which comes with a 9G-Tronic automatic as standard - yet offers low emissions and impressive economy, almost 70mpg according to the official figures.
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On the inside of an Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016)
Along with a new look on the outside, perhaps the biggest change to this C-Class Coupe is the interior. Mercedes-Benz has addressed the criticisms of the previous model and the result is a cabin that's modern, stylish and has a high-quality feel to it. This is much more like the premium interior you'd expect of a Mercedes-Benz.
So gone is the angular design and clunky, button-heavy centre console to be replaced by a much more appealing and up-to-date look. There are some nice design details like the three circular air vents and just below a tactile row of metal buttons. The analogue clock set into the dash is another neat touch.
We're still not bowled over by the Comand system which isn't the most intuitive system around, nor the best looking. But it is controlled by a beautifully crafted dial that also includes a touchpad integrated on top.
This lets you navigate through various functions and recognises smartphone-type gestures such as pinching and swiping. You can also use it to write in letters and numbers. It's not new - Audi was the first to introduce such a system and BMW have followed - but the Mercedes touchpad looks great and is easy to use.
Like much of the interior, the dial controller comes with a metal finish around the edge, something you'll also find around the door speakers, air vents and most of the important buttons and switches. It gives the C-Class Coupe an upmarket feel that's similar to that of the luxury S-Class.
The driving position is perfect with a low slung seat and lots of adjustment in both the seat and steering column. The centre console flows seamlessly into an armrest which provides useful storage plus there are two good sized cupholders and large door pockets. It may be a two-door but the C-Class Coupe is not lacking in storage.
The rear seats are as cramped as you'd expect of a car like this. With any tall(ish) driver in front, rear legroom all but disappears. However, you can get a car seat in there - even a 360 rotating Group 0+ model - although it is quite a squeeze and back breaking to get your little one in and out.
The boot is surprisingly useful though with a large opening and 400 litres of cargo space. That may be less than a 4 Series and an Audi A5, but in every day use it's just as practical. The rear seats can be easily folded down thanks to handles in the boot, but if you have something large or bulky to carry, these handles can actually get in the way.
Sport comes with LED headlights and tail-lights, Active Park Assist, PARKTRONIC parking sensors, a reversing camera, sports seats with ARTICO upholstery including heated front seats, 7-inch colour screen, Garmin navigation, electrically folding mirrors and Collision Prevention Assist Plus automatic braking system. There is also a gloss black interior trim with aluminium inlays in the doors, 17-inch alloy wheels and a diamond grille with black-painted pins. The C 300 features as standard a sports exhaust system with switchable sound.
AMG Line includes black ash wood trim, an AMG sports steering wheel with flat bottom, brushed steel sports pedals and a black roof lining. The exterior features an AMG bodystyling kit, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, a diamond grille with chrome pins and 15mm lowered sports suspension.
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Driving Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016)
What's the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016) like to drive?
This C-Class Coupe heralds a big change for Mercedes-Benz in terms of handling. It's based on a completely new platform but perhaps the biggest difference between this and the previous version is a new steering system. It offers a much more natural feel than before along with better weight.
It may only be a small change in the grand scheme of things but it makes a big difference to the way the C-Class Coupe drives. It's far more enjoyable through bends and now rewardingly flows from corner to corner. It's especially good at higher speeds so on a sweeping A road, it's easy to make very quick yet effortless progress.
Body roll is kept well in check thanks to a low centre of gravity, long wheelbase and firmer suspension. Opt for an AMG Line model and the suspension is even lower - down by 15mm. Yes the ride is certainly on the sporty side, but it's still very comfortable, even on poor quality road surfaces. Mercedes-Benz has managed that rare feat of balancing ride comfort with responsive handling.
Like all Mercedes-Benz cars, the C-Class Coupe is of course rear-wheel drive, similar to one of its main rivals, the BMW 4 Series. The BMW may still have the edge for outright handling, but the C-Class Coupe is not far behind. And like its rivals, the Mercedes-Benz is available with four-wheel drive, called 4Matic.
Mercedes-Benz has given the C-Class Coupe a new six-speed manual gearbox which is standard on the C 200 and C 220 d. It's a revelation compared to its predecessor, with a smoother and less springy feel, making the C-Class much nicer to drive at slower speeds.
The engine range echoes the C-Class saloon with the cheapest model the C 200 petrol with the aforementioned six-speed manual gearbox. For another £1500 you can choose the 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox. Alongside this is the C 300 which, despite the badge, is actually powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the C 200, only with power boosted to 245PS and a 0-62mph time of just 6.0 seconds.
There are of course the high performance AMG versions with the C 63 AMG sitting at the top of the range. Powered by a 4.0-litre V8, this thunderous model delivers a mammoth 476PS and will accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.0 seconds.
If you can't stretch to the £60k plus of the C 63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz does offers a sort of half way house in the form of the C 43 AMG. Again the badge is somewhat baffling as it's actually fitted with a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with 376PS and 520Nm of torque.
The majority of C-Class Coupe models will be diesels though. There's the C 220 d and the C 250 d, both powered by the same 2.1-litre common-rail engine. In our opinion, the C 250 d with 204PS is the perfect match for the C-Class Coupe providing strong pace when needed along with good economy - 67.3mpg according to the official figures. Emissions are impressively low at 109g/km making it a good choice for company car drivers too.
The C 250 d also comes with a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox as standard and it's far superior to the 7G-Tronic with quicker shifts and better response when you want it to kick down. More often than not it's in the right gear too. The C 250 d Coupe gives you effortless power when needed, thanks to 500Nm of torque, so it feels quick away from a standstill, yet is quiet and relaxed on the motorway.
|AMG C 43||30–35 mpg||4.7 s||183–217 g/km|
|AMG C63||33 mpg||4.0 s||200 g/km|
|AMG C63 S||33 mpg||3.9 s||200 g/km|
|C 180||45–49 mpg||8.5 s||134–145 g/km|
|C 180 Automatic||45 mpg||8.5 s||145 g/km|
|C 200 1.5 4Matic Automatic||43 mpg||8.4 s||150 g/km|
|C 200 1.5 Automatic||46 mpg||7.9 s||140 g/km|
|C 200 2.0||50–53 mpg||7.7 s||123 g/km|
|C 200 2.0 4Matic Automatic||41–42 mpg||7.5 s||153–157 g/km|
|C 200 2.0 Automatic||47–52 mpg||7.3 s||125–134 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.0 4Matic Automatic||58 mpg||7.3 s||129 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.0 Automatic||53–61 mpg||7.0–7.5 s||117–121 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.1||66–69 mpg||7.8 s||106 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.1 4Matic Automatic||59–61 mpg||7.6 s||122–127 g/km|
|C 220 d 2.1 Automatic||61–64 mpg||7.5 s||106 g/km|
|C 250 d 2.1 4Matic Automatic||59–61 mpg||6.9 s||122–127 g/km|
|C 250 d 2.1 Automatic||61–64 mpg||6.7 s||109–120 g/km|
|C 300 Automatic||43–45 mpg||6.0 s||143–148 g/km|
|C 300 d 4Matic Automatic||54 mpg||6.0 s||137 g/km|
|C 300 d Automatic||58 mpg||6.0 s||129 g/km|
|C63||28 mpg||3.9–4.0 s||230 g/km|
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1505–1820 kg|
|Road Tax Bands||Alternative fuel, E–L|
|Official MPG||28.0–68.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
Currently on sale
On sale until September 2018
On sale until April 2017
- C 220 d comes with a manual as standard or a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox, instead of the older 7G-Tronic automatic.
- The ride is firm but still forgiving and makes the C-Class Coupe one of the smoothest and most comfortable two-doors on the market.
- High-speed stability and refinement are excellent.
- The boot is surprisingly useable with enough room for a large pushchair.
- Rear seats are virtually non-existent with a taller driver or passenger up front.
What to watch out for
14-11-2018: Static LED headlights of 2016 Mercedes C-Class Coupe C300 Sports Premium Auto illumnate LHS of road in UK very well but there is no facility to change this to RHS for driving in Europe.
30-4-2019: Report of 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe 2.2 C220CDi 7G-tronic stuck in gear and will not change up or down, speed is 25mph. AA Man Diagnosed Speed Sensor in the gear box. Towed to independent garage and awaiting visit by a Mercedes Benz engineer.
20-11-2019: Report of significant problems with 'Mercedes Me' app adversely affecting the softwarte functions of a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe purchased in October 2019. Chargtered engineer " purchased a new C-class coupe 5 weeks ago and against my better judgement, decided to sign up to the MercedesMe app. I set up my profile and made sure it was associated with the right car. When I next drove the car, it asked me if I wanted to load my personal profile. Immediately after accepting it, it inexplicably and without warning reset every function in the car, from the stereo settings to the glass cockpit – including the speedo reading to km/h. None of these features are configurable in the MercedesMe app so it was a clear software malfunction." Both Mercedes Benz and we recommended reader deleted the Mercedes Me app from his phone, but this hasn't worked. His complaint is as follows:
- The Mercedes Me Connect s/w is fully integrated with what you would know as COMAND in the car. So there is no user option to delete it. It is as much part of the car as the flight control s/w in a Boeing 737 – and my reference is deliberate.
- The Mercedes Me app on a SMART phone has a number of features/attributes that can be tailored according to the user profile.
- This app does work but it is not perfect
- Using the Mercedes Me Connect s/w in the car (i.e. not on the phone), one can choose to install a user profile that has been set up on the app
- When I chose my user profile, it changed a number of the functions in the car that I had absolutely zero control over, in the same way that the flight control s/w in the 737 changed the flight path in a way the pilots had no control. Again, my reference is deliberate – and also technically correct. This is what I am an expert in
- These functions included stereo settings (annoying) but critically, it changed the speedo from mph to kmh.
- I am sure you agree that the driving within the UK’s speed limits is safety critical. So when the speedo changes to kmh unexpectedly and without the user having any control, that is a safety critical change. (You and I might be able to do the conversion on the fly but that is not the point.)
- After the event, Mercedes Benz has showed no desire to find the error. Moreover, they have not been able to provide evidence that they are able to develop safety critical s/w in a quality assured manner.
20-11-2019: Report of problems with 9G Geartonic transmission in 2017 Mercedes-Benz C43 Coupe bought used at 24,000 miles. RAC checked before purchase which came back with an ESM - U24FF fault code. Tester said it was gearbox related, but found no problems when test driving. Owner took it to Mercedes dealer for a check. They found no code and no problem. Since then i've got more used to the car owner noticed 2 issues:- When he lifts off to roll up to lights or a junction, then accelerate to drive of (not hard), when the box is changing from 2nd to 3rd gear their is a bang/crack like its taking up backlash. And in 7th and 8th gear between 40 and 60 mph there is a whine. It stops if owner lift off or when it changes to 9th gear.
23-7-2017: MB issued a voluntary recall to apply software upgrades to diesel engines in a bid to cut nitrogen oxide emissions on three million vehicles. All Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard diesel engines registered in Europe between January 2011 and September 2015 are affected. (Only the new two-litre turbodiesel fitted to the latest E-Class saloon and a new V6 turbodiesel in the soon-to-be released S-Class are exempt.) A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said that the “software upgrade” would be carried out by dealerships when customers visited for a service or other maintenance work and would take around an hour to complete. MB “did not expect” the upgrade to have any effect on the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Many Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles have already had the update applied after work to apply the changes to compact vehicles and the V-Class MPV got underway in March. It was reported in The Times in July that while Daimler, which manufactures Mercedes-Benz, had not been found to use the same type of software for cheating emissions tests discovered in Volkswagen vehicles in 2015, it is the subject of an investigation by the German authorities into the possible manipulation of exhaust controls in cars with diesel engines.
17-10-2017: Mercedes-Benz issued a voluntary recall to apply a free-of-charge fix to approximately 400,000 UK models affected by a broken steering column spring. Coupled with insufficiently earthed wiring components, this may lead to a short circuit - which can inadvertently deploy the driver's airbag. If the airbag warning light appears on the dash customers are urged to contact a roadside assistance service or their nearest retailer. The safety recall affects certain A-Class, B-Class, C-Class and E-Class models, together with CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles, built between November 2011 and July 2017.
- September 2015: Mercedes-Benz unveiled C-Class Coupe
- October 2015: C-Class Coupe prices announced
- February 2016: Mercedes C 43 AMG Coupe launched
- August 2018: Revised AMG C 63 goes on sale
Mercedes-Benz unveiled C-Class Coupe
With an 80 millimetre longer wheelbase, the C-Class Coupe is 95 millimetres longer and 40 millimetres wider. The increased vehicle volume above all creates more spaciousness for the driver and front passenger. There is more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom in all seats.
The Coupe features a wealth of equipment as standard. The AMG Line is available as an alternative to further underline the dynamism of the Coupé. It differs by virtue of exterior features such as special bumpers and sills featuring AMG bodystyling, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.
Interior highlights of the AMG Line include sportily exclusive touches such as upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre in black with contrasting topstitching, a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and AMG sports pedals. The trim in open-pore black ash, combined with aluminium in the dashboard and the doors, emphasises the look.
Another eye-catching feature is the optional Interior Chrome package featuring numerous highlights shrouded in silver chrome, including the instrument cluster, the air vents and the door openers.
The Coupe comes with steel suspension as standard. There are two variants with selective damping system available in conjunction with this suspension, each of which is 15 millimetres lower than on the Saloon:
The Coupe comes with the option of AIRMATIC air suspension on the front and rear axle. Its electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping on the front and rear axle ensures outstanding road roar and tyre vibration characteristics in every situation and gives the driver the option of selecting the desired driving style: sporty, comfortable or consumption-optimised.
Powerful and efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with ECO start/stop function provide for sporty performance and driving pleasure. All are compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard. Compared with the predecessor they consume up to 27 percent less fuel.
There are initially four petrol engines available for the Coupe. The power spectrum ranges from the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine in the C 180 with 156PS to the two-litre C 200 (184PS) and C 250 (211PS) models and the C 300, likewise with a displacement of two litres but with an output of 245PS.
The two diesel models are equipped with an enhanced four-cylinder unit developing 170PS or 204PS and feature ecofriendly SCR technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for exhaust gas aftertreatment.
C-Class Coupe prices announced
The new C-Class Coupe is priced from £30,955 OTR, ahead of first UK deliveries in December.
With four engine options and two model lines, the new C-Class Coupé builds on the specification of the best-selling C-Class Saloon and Estate. The range starts with the C 200 petrol engine, which produces 184 hp and is available with a six-speed manual (123 g/km of CO2) or 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox (125 g/km). The new C 300 engine produces 245 hp and comes only with the 7G-Tronic gearbox, with CO2 from 146 g/km.
Two diesel engines are available: the 170PS C 220 d, with a six-speed manual (106 g/km) or 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox (106 g/km), and the C 250 d, which produces 204PS and comes with a 9G-Tronic gearbox (109 g/km).
Two model lines are available: Sport and AMG Line. Standard equipment includes LED headlights and tail-lights; Active Park Assist; PARKTRONIC parking sensors; a reversing camera; sports seats with ARTICO upholstery including heated front seats; 7-inch colour screen; Garmin navigation; electrically folding mirrors; and Collision Prevention Assist Plus automatic braking system. The C 300 model also features as standard a sports exhaust system with switchable sound.
Mercedes C 43 AMG Coupe launched
Powered by a 367PS 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with 520Nm combined with the new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that provides agile gearshifts. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 4.7 seconds.
The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé offers the optimum conditions for high driving dynamics and outstanding comfort on long journeys thanks to the standard-fit AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension. The four-link front axle is fitted with special steering knuckles and load-bearing joints; all components have been optimised in terms of rigidity.
The driver can select the automatic adjustable damping system's three suspension modes "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport Plus" using a button on the centre console to fully customise the driving impression.
The AMG styling includes the front apron with sporty distinctive air intakes, diamond meshes, silver chrome trim, as well as the rear apron with matt iridium silver diffuser insert. The diamond radiator grille features chrome-plated pins, a louvre in high-gloss black and the AMG lettering. Down below, the silver chrome front splitter ensures an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules.
Additional highlights include the black exterior mirror housings, the high-gloss black waistline trim strip and window frame, as well as the two chrome-plated tailpipes with centre divider. Further striking features come courtesy of the new "BITURBO – 4MATIC" lettering on the front wings and the "AMG" (left) and "C 43" (right) lettering on the boot lid.
Customers can choose the complementary optional Night package, which adds heat-insulating dark tinted glass rearward of the B-pillar, high-gloss black front apron trim, a high-gloss black diffuser-look insert at the rear, and two black tailpipes with centre divider.
AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish round off the design visually. Size 225/45 R 18 tyres on 7.5 x 18 light-alloy wheels are fitted at the front, while the rear axle comes with 245/40 R 18 tyres on 8.5 x 18 wheels. 48.3 cm (19") light-alloy wheels in various designs are optionally available for even greater individualisation.
Revised AMG C 63 goes on sale
The C 63 Coupe is priced from £68,719. The AMG C 63 uses AMG’s hand-built 4.0-litre V8 ‘hot V’ biturbo petrol engine which generates 476PS or 510PS for S models.
For the first time the C 63 now comes with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission (previously 7G), which has been specially designed for shorter shift times. A wet start-off clutch continues to replace the torque converter, ultimately saving weight and optimising throttle response.
AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping adjustment and an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential are now standard on all C 63 models. The C 63 S also comes as standard with dynamic engine mounts, combining comfort with dynamic performance by reducing vibrations in the engine/transmission unit.
The C 63 Coupe can travel to 62 mph from standstill in 4.0 seconds (C 63 S: 3.9 seconds). The standard C 63 has an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph, while all C 63 S models can reach 180mph.
Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, performance exhaust, Multibeam LED headlights, 12.3-inch digital cockpit display, 10.25-inch central display, Comand Online, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours, keyless start, wireless phone charging and memory seats. The C 63 S adds nine-stage AMG traction control, AMG Track Pace, AMG performance seats and 19-inch alloy wheels.
For £2595 customers can opt for the Premium Plus equipment line which includes Burmester surround sound system, panoramic sunroof (not available on Cabriolet), 360° camera and Keyless-Go Comfort package.
The Driving Assistance package costs £1695 and includes Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, BAS Plus with Cross-traffic Assist, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection and Pre-Safe Plus. AMG’s high-performance ceramic braking system can be added for £4285.
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