What is it?
Until September, when the C 180 K arrives, the C 200 K is the entry-level C-class.
It comes with a supercharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine producing 182bhp (up 21bhp on the old C 200 K) and 184lb ft – up 7lb ft.
What’s it like?
Desirable. The new C-class looks compact, powerful and sharp. We prefer the chunkier styling of the Sport model to the classic looks of the Elegance model tested, but either way it’s a handsome machine.
In an attempt to woo both traditional Merc buyers and younger, trendier types, you can have your new C-class two ways – with softer suspension, a traditional multi-bar grille and bonnet-mounted Star, or with sportier suspension and a coupe-like grille.
The interior’s quite sharp, too, with lots of straight edges and a high-quality ambience. Slam the glovebox, for example, and it feels like you’re shutting the door of a safe.
Specification is good. Even the most basic stereo has a Bluetooth function to make your mobile phone hands-free plus a socket for your MP3 player. Climate control is standard and all C-classes get front, side and driver’s knee airbags, ESP, ASR and Merc’s ‘Pre-Safe’ system.