Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Mercedes C-Class Coupe: What a beauty!

Dynamic and stylish, the striking new Mercedes C-Class Coupe combines captivating design, advanced direct-injection engine technology and sophisticated driver assistance systems to create one of the executive sector’s most desirable compact coupes.

Well, that’s what it says in the company’s press release and, having lived with this delightful gem of German engineering for a thoroughly entertaining week of mixed motoring, I wholly concur.

Attention to detail is the key to the C-Class Coupe’s brilliance, with the skills o/f Mercedes’ AMG performance division providing everything from the beautiful body shape to distinctive lightweight 18-inch alloys and Nappa leather trim – the AMG sport package coming as standard on all six versions on sale in the UK, a model range that runs from the entry level C180 BlueEFFICIENCY AMG Sport at £30,230, up to £57,775 for the high performance C663 AMG flagship.

There’s a choice of four petrol and two diesel engines, each delivering a class-leading combination of refinement, economy and performance.

A stop/start system is fitted as standard to a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearboxes, delivering up to 55.4 mpg combined cycle fuel consumption when driven lightfootedly.

The spec sheet is commendably comprehensive, featuring such goodies as sports suspension; speed-sensitive steering; an intelligent lighting system, with Bi- Xenon headlamps; Parktronic with advanced parking guidance; automatic dual-zone climate control; cruise control; leather-trimmed three-spoke sports steering wheel; a sophisticated Audio 20 sound system and pre-wiring for a Becker map pilot.

Out on the road, the standard agility control system, with adaptive damping. proved its worth, as did the fitting of uprated springs and dampers as well as thicker anti-roll bars than are used in the sister C-Class saloon.

Unlike some coupes, this one has fairly easy access for rear seat passengers, though their legroom is tight. Driver comfort is exemplary though and all the controls and dials are where you want them to be.

This is one of those cars that makes you itch to get out on the open road yet will serve you well on the daily commute – and can cope with the weekly supermarket run too.

It’s a vehicle that delivers on its promises. Besides being practical, this Merc is entertaining to drive and it’s a real head-turner too. What more can one ask?

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