Best value for money luxury car
This is the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz C220d Saloon. This luxurious car is unbeaten on the price for the quality of car you get.
On the outside, the sports edition has a muscular body with sharp lines just to define it's road presence even more. You can't deny it's a Merc thanks to the proudly displayed badge on the grille, however, this seems like a step down in styling compared to the AMG-line coupe I reviewed previously. Nonetheless, the LED daytime running lights in combination with the multibeam LED headlights and LED rear lights do radiate elegance.
The inside does not fall short of refined finishes. Everything from the door handles to the steering wheel has been carefully crafted with comfort in mind. The doors and seats are full leather and it's soft to touch making it feel like you're sitting on a memory foam mattress. The double stitching also has a nice appeal for the eyes. The driver and front passenger seats hug you, making you feel supported at all time but this seems to be forgotten for any other passengers as the rear seats are flat and stiff although there is still plenty space throughout.
The drive of this C220d with the 9G automatic gearbox is like riding a cloud! You can use all 194 horses to power you from 0-62 in a very respectable ~7 seconds! The suspension just absorbs the road beneath you, making for a very smooth ride. The steering is direct and light in comfort mode, but you can change the settings thanks to the drive mode select giving you more choice - sport+, sport, comfort and economy. The gearbox has also been improved and no longer has that thump when shifting - Hurrah! In fact, you could compare it to an electric car now as you just don't feel it changing at all.
As I only had this car for 3 days to review, I cannot comment much on long term reliability... but it's a fine piece of German engineering so I can say with confidence that 99% of these will last well. Over the 3 days, I had a few places to be, so the car was well driven but even so, I only used £19.87 of fuel! I know it was fitted with eco-friendly alloys but I doubt they can take all the credit.
Paired with its exterior silhouette is the new modern interior displays. The centre screen is longer and slimmer making it look very stylish indeed. The dashboard is also digital and very customisable with different colour schemes available. You can also have the sat nav displayed in one of the dials on your dash which is very handy.
Reversing camera, sensors all around, sat-nav and basically and in-car home office! These are just some of the features available on the new c class and you really couldn't ask for much more at the very reasonable £28,035 starting price!