W206 Mercedes C-Class Review Rundown
Mercedes-Benz | Published on 23 Jun 2021 | Last Edited on 27 Jun 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
The 5th-gen Mercedes C-Class W206 sedan and S206 wagon bring Mercedes's latest design elements and tech features found in the new S-Class and E-Class to the compact executive segment. Highlights include its S-Class-inspired operating system, ride comfort, excellent driving experience, and solid body control.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
Since its introduction in 1993, the C-Class has garnered a total of 8.6 million sales. It retains the same basic building blocks as its hugely successful predecessor. But pretty much every component has been altered to boost its appeal. And to make regulators happy and appease environmentalist groups, it also adopts electrified technology across the range.
The new Mercedes C-Class impresses with its S-Class-inspired operating system, ride comfort, excellent driving experience and solid body control. The lack of air suspension isn't a problem either – few will miss it. However, the price will be a key factor when the car goes on sale in the UK.
Mercedes is readying a new version of one of its most important cars. The outgoing generation model has been a big success since launch in 2014. Mercedes says it has sold 2.5 million of them, but the recipe is being changed for 2021. The C-Class will undergo a slight identity change, with a new, sportier emphasis being prioritised.
The new C-Class wagon uses a heavily updated version of the previous car's Modular Rear Architecture platform, with reconfigured suspension, springs and dampers. At launch the car will be available with a choice of three engines - the C 200 petrol that we're trying here, and a pair of four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesels, badged C 220 d and C 300 d. It produces 201bhp and 300Nm of torque, and this is fed to the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. Our car also had rear-wheel steering - another option not heading to the UK as things stand.
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The C300 4Matic is a mild hybrid, with the integrated starter motor giving a gentle e-boost of 20bhp to reduce turbolag. It can accelerate in six seconds flat from 0-62mph – its predecessor was two tenths quicker – and is capped to 155mph. This new C-Class can also now come with rear-wheel steering – just like its larger S-Class sibling – and manages to turn even tighter than it. The interior is disarmingly pretty, expertly finished, fully loaded and logically parcelled.
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- 2. ^ New Mercedes C-Class 2021 review. Autoexpress. 2021-06-21. Retrieved 2021-06-23.
- 3. ^ New Mercedes C-Class ride review. Autoexpress. 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 4. ^ New Mercedes C-Class Estate 2021 review. Autoexpress. 2021-06-24. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
- 5. ^ Mercedes C-Class (2021) prototype ride review. Carmagazine. 2021-02-12. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
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