2022 Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde
- Seems to be identical to an S-Class
- Cabin is rather like an S-Class
- Plentiful legroom and house
- Gearbox nonetheless a little bit jerky
- Much less refinement than anticipated
Child has all grown up, however some issues nonetheless stay the identical. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, so lengthy generally known as the ‘child Benz’, can now not match that identify because it’s actually an S-Class wrought small, and the least C-Class for now, the C 180, can also be most undoubtedly going to be the one most of its clients need.
As we lined in our launch of the brand new 2022 C-Class in Singapore, for now the mannequin lineup consists solely of the C 180, C 200 (in both Avantgarde or AMG Line variations), and a C 300e PHEV on the way in which. AMG fashions have but to be proven, however we actually anticipate a C 43 and C 63.
The C C 200 AMG Line was examined by ed Lionel Kong, who discovered it highly effective and sporty-looking, but in addition costly, which is the place this automobile is available in: The C 180 in Avantgarde trim is a big $49,000 lower than that automobile. Might there be a fair cheaper one, just like the earlier C 160? We reply that towards the top.
Ju-Len walks you thru the brand new C-Class at its launch in Singapore.
Driving expertise: Not an A-grade, however not a C both
The brand new C-Class is way bigger than earlier than, and appears like what occurs for those who 3D print an S-Class at 75 per cent. Because of this, it does look elegant and correctly Mercedes-like due to the flowing proportions — you possibly can’t say the identical about an A-Class sedan, as an illustration.
The AMG Line equipment actually provides extra pleasure, visually, however the Avantgarde mannequin would not precisely wallow in sloth as compared, however at a $8,000 premium, we might stick to the Avantgarde and spend the additional in additional essential areas we’ll cowl additional down.
The mild-hybrid drivetrain is equivalent to the C 200’s, each packing a 1.5-litre inline four-cylinder turbo engine and 20hp/200Nm electrical motor help – the distinction being the C 180 has 170hp and the C 200 packs 204hp.
That 34hp/50Nm distinction is actually noticeable even in Singapore, however all issues thought-about, it is Singapore and that form of energy distinction is not actually value the additional cash except you occur on a very good deal for the C 200, or simply need to present up the (undoubtedly extra quite a few) C 180 drivers. In any case, 170hp in and unto itself is lots for right here, and even the North South Freeway now that that is allowed.
The inline 4 sounds respectable, but it surely’s not notably sporty nor distinguished — that is clearly an engine designed to assist Mercedes meet fleet CO2 and EU6 necessities and past. A excessive level is simply how seamless the start-stop system is now, since you will not truly really feel a factor, it does encourage you to depart it on even in Singapore.
Behave your self, and use Effectivity mode, and the gentle hybrid C 180 will ship a really respectable 6.0L/100km-ish on the freeway right here, and round 8.0L/100km with blended city/freeway runs.
The place the Merc disappoints is refinement: Throughout common driving there’s some tyre noise at velocity, the experience high quality is a little bit busy, there is a trace of pitching quick corners, and the nine-speed gearbox is once more clunky across the first three gears. The latter we are able to put right down to our take a look at automobile having lower than 1,000km on the clock, however we noticed very same behaviour within the first iteration of the W213 E-Class in 2016, and it was seemingly solved with the C-Class W 205 facelift in 2018.
Within the C 180’s defence, for those who resolve you need to drive quick the automobile is stunning. It rises as much as the problem and would not dissolve into wallow and understeer, and is definitely fairly enjoyable to flog, although we all know the overwhelming majority of C 180 homeowners will not go there.
Inside, options, and practicality: The correct of drama
If it would not sound good for the C-Class, that is the place our whining lastly stops, as a result of the place most C 180 homeowners will go, fairly often, is a contented place and that’s the automobile’s cabin. The C-Class-to-S-Class metaphor runs most strongly right here: Each have grand, dramatic sweeps, futuristic-looking lighting you will not discover in rivals, and big screens galore.
The 11.9-inch central infotainment unit is standard-fit on the S-Class in abroad markets (our S-Courses get a 12.8-inch unit), as is the 12.3-inch driver’s show. We have gone into element about Merc’s method to digitalisation in earlier evaluations however the identical issues maintain true right here.
The central show is low-mounted, which makes for some ergonomic problem whereas prodding it, and the touch-button method is imprecise. However in any other case it is a full-featured system that may run with the perfect of them, and the general impact whenever you have a look at the cabin of the C 180 — particularly at night time — is a form of luxurious, dramatic one which Audi and BMW don’t have any direct reply for within the government sedan phase.
In house and practicality, the C-Class is now the most important automobile in its class and in addition with the longest wheelbase, so legroom is beneficiant, and headroom respectable for a nicely-styled sedan. The automobile hasn’t grown a lot wider, so three adults is just not fairly snug within the rear. 450-litres of boot house is respectable although not class-leading, however there’s an auto-tailgate and distant button launch for folding the seats down for 1,510-litres of house.
Pricing and competitors: The place to spend your C-bills
As talked about earlier, we might take the C 180 over the C 200, and the Avantgarde over the AMG Line. The AMG Line mannequin provides you the AMG styling equipment exterior, sport seats, metallic weave inside trim, and sport steering wheel.
We would spend that cash on energetic security. The C 180 comes with blind spot monitoring and FCA, however nothing else — simply $6,720 buys you adaptive cruise management with steering help, lane protecting help, braking help, evasive steering help and extra.
This C-Class being the most important ever, we might additionally desire a 360-degree digicam — the usual is reverse digicam solely — although that is tied into the $9,100 Premium bundle which provides on navigation and AR driving cues/visible help within the infotainment display screen.
However to speak about dimension, that additionally exhibits simply how the Child Benz’s place has modified: The A-Class Saloon is now My First Mercedes sedan, and the C-Class has graduated to My First RWD/Correctly Giant Merc.
The everlasting rival, the BMW 3 Sequence, provides a extra sturdy expertise expertise — iDrive/BMW OS 7 is simply simpler to make use of, the BMW Join suite and app, and BMW’s voice assistant is best. The 318i is a match on value, drives higher, and is about equal in refinement phrases. Satirically that make the underdog Audi A4 probably the most cozy automobile within the class, and it is also probably the most environment friendly that we have examined, and nonetheless nicely value a glance.
For the inevitable Singaporean query and those that need extra automobile even much less energy, a fair cheaper COE Class A C 160 (in contrast to the earlier gen mannequin) has not been talked about but — that automobile would price a really palatable $230k to $240k at present COE ranges.
So for now the C 180 is the bottom C-Class, but it surely’s extra mature than any base C-Class earlier than it. It’s luxurious, high-tech, and dramatic, and whereas it is driving qualities aren’t clearly class-leading, understand that the restrictions of earlier C-Class base fashions have by no means stopped them from being very robust sellers. That needs to be much more true for the C 180.
Mercedes-Benz C 180 Avantgarde
|Drivetrain sort||Petrol-electric gentle hybrid|
|Engine||1,496cc, inline 4, turbocharged|
|Energy||170hp at 5500-6100rpm|
|Torque||250Nm at 1800-4000rpm|
|Battery||Lithium Ion, unknown capability|
|System Energy||Not acknowledged|
|System Torque||Not acknowledged|
|Gas Effectivity||6.8 L/100km|
|VES Band||B / Impartial|
|Agent||Cycle & Carriage|
|Worth||$261,800 with COE and VES|
|Verdict||Now not a child, even the bottom C-Class delivers a contemporary digi-luxe expertise that has extra than simply shades of the S-Class|
This text was first revealed in CarBuyer.