MERCEDES C COUPE TEST

What is it: jetzt more than ever, a high-end coupe represents a mindful choice; it"s a subtle way to gestanden out an a sea von crossovers. This generation von the Mercedes-Benz C-Class two-door has been out for over 4 years, but a series of updates -- and available add-ons like the very nice designo Bengal red animal leather package -- leave it well-equipped kommen sie answer die call. It"s definitely cushier than die competition ... However there"s one big catch.

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Key Competitors: Audi A5, BMW 4-Series, Cadillac ATS Coupe

Base Price: $44,795 As-Tested Price: $61,210

Full review: 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class review

Highlights: along with ns rest of the C-Class family, the C300 Coupe services from a series des updates zum the 2019 modell year -- some reasonably subtle, und others, like a base-model inline-four jetzt producing 255 hp (up indigenous 241) und 273 lb-ft von torque and mated v a nine-speed automatic, conveniently apparent und much appreciated. This particular prüfung gets high-end touches, plus a slate of M-B semi-autonomous control features, which kommen sie as part von the $2,250 driver assistance package option.


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Our Opinion: It"s hard to glauben that this generation of mercedes C-Class, i beg your pardon includes, punkt least in the phibìc American market, a sedan, a cabriolet und this coupe, debuted in 2014. Kommen sie my eyes, the entwurf language holds nach oben very well, which makes die two-door variant the best-looking des the high-end coupe bunch.

Opting zum the two-door means sacrificing a certain amount des utility bei the pursuit des looks: If you really need to carry four adults on a semi-regular basis, consider ns larger E-Class coupe, i beg your pardon manages kommen sie offer genuinely usable rear head- und legroom.

But mine contention remains that, if sie want to make a statement these days, gain a coupe -- no, not one des those weird, high crossover-based monsters the German automakers can"t prevent making, yet a real, car-based two-door coupe -- and this mercedes C300 in particular stand out an the existing sea von blobmobiles. And for a weekend pilgrimage across the state, ns two-door C300 was nearly perfect, with plenty des room zum two adults and luggage. All in all, a really stylish way to arrive at my wife"s family reunion. Even the designo inner package didn"t seem, for $3,800, too much of bei indulgence; I"d rather schutz its unique contrasted quilted animal leather than the AMG line visual add-ons.

Bonus: die add-on semi-autonomous an innovation packed into ns $2,250 driver Assistance Package worked as advertised! Well, mostly. The "route based rate adaptation" feature of cruise control constantly played the conservatively, which expected that an Michigan"s endless construction zones, the car slammed on the brakes any type of time that saw the "45 while employees present" signs, even though nobody was working. Ich guess that"s understandable -- far better safe 보다 sorry -- yet it calculation the system useless zum much of the drive.


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And if the C300"s 255-hp inline-four occasionally left me desire a little more stärke -- if not the AMG C63"s 469 hp, climate maybe die AMG C43"s 385 equines -- I can recognize that this ist a want, notfall a need. If they can somehow number out just how to fit that neu straight-six in here, though, that would certainly be ns no-brainer choice.

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There was one not-so-little difficult point, though. This C300 was equipped with ContiSportContact 5P SSR power summer run-flat tires -- lock do not, zu put that delicately, enhance ns experience von this car. We"ve harped ~ above run-flats before. Sie already understand they normally suck. Yet rarely execute they threaten zu spoil my enjoyment of an entire vehicle, as, wie man paired with die sport suspension included in the $1,500 AMG heat package, they practically did here.

Granted, Michigan roads are not the best, but in a non-AMG Mercedes, freundin should be able kommen sie sip coffee while driving down the expressway and through die occasional building and construction zone (and if that"s not in SAE trial and error benchmark, the ought to be). This thing was downright bumpy, jarring even, end less-than-perfect tarmac, and that was with suspension in comfort mode.


It"s not just the tires und suspension, von course. My haustiere theory is this: Precision-engineered, precision-welded unibody building has surrendered cars of incredible rigidity; us take it for granted that modern vehicles won"t flex und shimmy their way down die road. Wie it comes zu something like the AMG C63, this zu sein awesome: the road automobile serves together a great platform zum a no-nonsense track-capable performance car.

But there are always tradeoffs. Without a flexibel body to soak up die bumps, cars like the C300 oase to rely greatly on innovative suspension (often, adjustable and adaptive), all while completing with those reportedly oh-so-desirable low-profile tires. It"s a fragile system, und when one teil falters, it every seems zu go kommen sie crap. Deswegen why notfall give us a wenig more sidewall? room consumers deshalb transfixed von thin rubber-band tires on huge wheels, also on base-model versions von cars with truly credible performance variants, the all ride top quality considerations walk out die window? can we yes, really be the stupid? (That"s a rhetorical question.)

OK, end tire/suspension rant.


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Choose your options carefully, reject die too-subtle-to-really-matter-visually, ride-harming AMG heat add-ons (step hoch to the C43 if you want other sporty) and for Gottlieb Daimler"s sake make sure you schutz a kind set von tires on the thing, und you kann sein get yourself right into a very pretty C-Class zum around $50,000.

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This ist the kind of automobile that wollen never go out von style; bei fact, together crossovers tighten your bland-but-utilitarian grip on die automotive market, I have a feeling that ns C300 Coupe is only going kommen sie look better with time.

--Graham Kozak, features editor

Options: P62 designo Bengal Red leather Package with leather, designo floor mats, MB Tex dashboard and upper door trim, contrast stitching, energie passenger seat through memory und adjustable thigh support ($3,800); Multimedia Package through COMAND hyperplasia including 3 years of support, car zu X communication ($2,300); driver Assistance package with active distance assist, energetic steering, active fahrbahn change, active notfall stop, active speed limit, energetic brake through cross traffic function, evasive steering assist, active lane keeping assist, active blind spot assist, Pre-Safe add to rear ende collision protection, Pre-Safe impulse side, route-based speed adaptation ($2,250); AMG Line through AMG human body styling, brushed aluminum pedals, AMG floor mats, sports suspension, sports steering, perforated brake discs through MB calipers ($1,500); Premium Package v premium audio, satellite radio, keyless go, stärke folding mirrors, hands complimentary access, electronic trunk closer ($1,350); Parking help Package with energetic parking assist, surround view ($1,290); heated and ventilated front seat ($1,030); head-up screen ($990); 12.3-inch display ($750); graphite gray metallic ($720); 19-inch AMG wheels ($500); ambient lighting ($310); wireless charging ($170)

Specs

Base Price: $44,795

As-Tested Price: $61,210

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, nine-speed automatic, RWD

Output: 255 hp
5,800-6,100 rpm; 273 lb-ft
1,800-4,000 rpm

Pros: ausblüten stylish, comfortable und not too expensive kommen sie start

Cons: could use two much more cylinders, a softer suspension and better tires


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