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The Mercedes C-class coupé is a strong contender with a character of its own
It's supposed to replace the CLC but it's almost 50% more expensive yet doesn't have a hatchback. Cynical or what?
[quote blowerbentley]It's supposed to replace the CLC but it's almost 50% more expensive yet doesn't have a hatchback. Cynical or what[/quote]
You are spot on, you could have had a 3.5 V6 in the C class sport coupe for significantly less than this thing costs. I think its a real shame Mercedes didnt decide to replace the old car properly at the same price point, with a RWD car.
Having said that, this is so much more appealing than the E Class coupe. Bizare that the cheaper the Mercedes coupe, the better looking it is.
Sounds like a dreadfully slow and uninspiring way to spend 30k to me - baffles me why anyone would spend so much on something that is designed to look fast but plainly isn't. Something rather sad about underpowered premium cars... smacks of desperation.
And I notice the test car is LHD - let's see where the pedals are on the RHD version shall we? Most likely annoyingly offset as per the saloon, and again, it baffles me why anyone would spend 30k on a car that imposes an unnatural seating position from the moment they get in to the moment they get out. BMW, Audi and Mercedes are all guilty of this - if they can't be bothered to engineer their cars properly for my side of the road, I can't be bothered to give them my money for one. Simples!
[quote Autocar]which comes with a 1.8-litre petrol engine serving a relatively modest 154bhp[/quote]
[quote Citytiger]1.8 with 154 bhp, low emission and 140mph top speed, is not modest[/quote]
It also has decent torque an extended rev range and inherent smoothness that the diesel will never match.
Nevertheless I'd expect more go for this money.
I just made a comment about the Audi R4 and the unlikelihood of it being on sale at the 25k target price. Given that this is over 30k then I am pretty sure that I will be right!
[quote blowerbentley]It's supposed to replace the CLC but it's almost 50% more expensive yet doesn't have a hatchback. Cynical or what?[/quote]
With the new A-Class appearing to be more of an Audi A3 / BMW 1-series rival, I guess the 3-door version of that replaces the cheaper versions of the CLC.
Still expected the entry level C-Class coupe to be less than £30k though - you could get a Jag XF 2.2d for the same money which feels like a lot more car.
Mercedes suggest this car is to replace the CLC and is designed to get younger buyer in to the show room?
Why bother Merc?
At the end of the day if a younger buyer wants a Mercedes then they will go and buy a second hand car.
The whole strategy is at odds with Mercedes character as a company. Why devalue your product to appeal to a younger audience when you have a perfectly good second hand car scheme? It's not as if the residuals are that special any more.
As for the car itself, it's nice enough but as other have said there are far better ways to spend £30,000, even if you HAVE to have a Merc.
It's all about the twisties........
taking into account the stories suggestion to spend a couple more grand for the 220 diesel - I'd agree to scrub that and go for the new XF Jag diesel - slightly less money much better performance and as was said previously, a hell of a lot more car for the money.
"Something rather sad about underpowered premium cars... smacks of desperation."
Only on a car review website populated by 20 - 40 yr old men will you find comments like this. Somebody who spends 30k + on a car is by no means desperate, whatever engine they choose. Not everybody feels the need to compete on the roads, sorry lads. In fact it could be just as easily argued that unnecessarily overpowered cars... "smacks of desperation".
For many many people - those who aren't so worried about their ability to burn people off at the lights, or on the autobahn, or in the outside line of the M4, this engine will be 100% enough.