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by Stephen Walker

3rd April, 2014

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With a new generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coming along in just a few months, the brand's most popular model line-up is joined by the Edition C. Fully equipped, this nicely presented sporty looking number is a fitting farewell model for the current version of the C-Class.

Test Car particulars

Our drive car was the Mercedes-Benz C 250 Edition C sedan. Presented in Iridium Silver Metallic (an optional colour) and fitted with typical black leather seating, this Mercedes-Benz looked resplendent despite the fact that this generation of the Mercedes-Benz best-seller has been available since mid-2007.

The desirable C250 Edition C is available from $72,390*. Metallic paint is optional at $2,080* taking the price* of the test car to $74,470*.

The C250 comes with 1.8 litre turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol-fuelled engine with ECO start/stop function and an automatic transmission.

The Edition C features include:

  • 18-inch 5 spoke alloy wheels
  • AMG body styling items - front apron, side sills and rear apron
  • Black roof liner (grey optional)
  • Fully electric front seats with memory function
  • Glass sunroof with tilt/slide, electrically operated with convenience closing function
  • Intelligent Light System with Bi-Xenon headlamps, Active Light System, variable light distribution, headlamp cleaning system and dynamic headlight beam control

On the road in the C 250

There was no doubting the quality feel of the C 250 Edition C as the driving experience features a superb ride, precise steering, excellent brakes and neat handling attributes. Silence was awash in the cabin as each kilometre proved to be a thorough delight.

Performance was always satisfying, despite only 1.8 litres of displacement in the turbocharged engine. Don't tell your friends that the factory indicate a 0-100km acceleration time of 7.2 seconds - let them find out for themselves how good this car goes!

Comfort was superb upfront. Sadly, I didn't have passengers during the drive experience to enable their comment.

Having already mentioned the comfort and silence that is experienced with the C250 Edition C, the occupants can be completely satisfied with the presentation of the 'living area'. There seems to be nothing missing and the controls are all typical Mercedes-Benz.

Specifications

It is just 1.8 litres that moves the C250. The Euro5 compliant four-cylinder petrol engine delivers 150kW at 5,500rpm and the maximum torque is 310Nm at 1,800rpm.

A seven-speed automatic transmission is fitted to the rear-wheel drive C250.

Braking is by disc brakes at each wheel.

Steering is power assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle is a very reasonable 11.2 metres.

The suspension is independent at the front with double wishbone coil spring and stabiliser bar. At the rear it is 3-link coil spring and stabiliser bar.

Safety

Nine airbags are standard ..... and that is a good feature. There is also electronic stability programme (ESP) and many more safety features that has become normal for Mercedes-Benz to feature.

ANCAP rate the C-Class with 5 stars, not unexpectedly, although the actual crash testing was undertaken by Euro NCAP with a left-hand drive diesel model. The 'score' for the C-Class is an outstanding 36.16 points (out of 37).

Fuel

The fuel consumption rating is 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle, which is quite good for a petrol-fuelled mid-size car.

My average, according to the onboard trip computer, was 10.6 litres/100 kilometres for my short 181 kms around an urban environment in Melbourne. This figure is well above the rated urban cycle consumption of 8.7 litres/100kms.

The recommended petrol is 95RON or higher. By the way, RON means Research Octane Number, hopefully that helps!

Dimensions (approximately)

Length: 4,591 mm
Width: 1,770 mm (excluding external mirrors)
Width: 2,008 mm (including external mirrors)
Height: 1,447 mm
Wheelbase: 2,760 mm

After Sales

The C-Class comes with a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty (conditions apply).

Roadside assistance is included for three years and can be extended annually (conditions apply).

Conclusion

Edition C is a fine example of the C-Class as this generation heads towards the end of its showroom 'career'. The C 250 will delight many a driver because of the quality feel, good acceleration, very pleasant road manners and its smoothness.

The three-pointed star shines bright with the C250 Edition C.



NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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