Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line First Drive Review
This is the facelift of today’s technology Mercedes C-Class. But as you may inform from its competitive front bumper and those terrific wheels, that is no normal C. It has an AMG in its call.
Okay, within the interest of honesty, this one isn’t of the pop and crackle variety. And it doesn’t do the ‘disappearing in a cloud of smoke’ trick all that well either. So yes, it isn’t a ‘proper’ AMG in that sense.
What’s extra, this one is a diesel. But fortuitously, it is a powerful one. One with nearly 250bhp and an extremely good 500Nm of top torque. No marvel Mercedes claims a sub-six-2d zero-100kmph time for this one.
How is it on the inner?
As we referred to in advance, the C300d is the facelifted model. And meaning, apart from the top and backlights on the outside, it receives a few new and sense-good bits on the internal too.
The steering, for starters, is new. And it receives touchpads at the steerage spokes to perform the extraordinarily unique motive force records machine and the brand new multimedia gadget. These touchpads don’t simply see the appearance of the top; those feature well too.
The display screen is new too. It still doesn’t have touchscreen capability, but it is a high-decision one. It is part of the Mercedes COMAND device, which lets the driver get admission to vehicle-related settings from driving modes to weather control to temper lighting. It offers out provider-related information as well. And for the geeky ones amongst us, there’s information on the amount of electricity and torque one makes use of at a given an example, as well as the amount of acceleration and braking is used. Rounding up the new bits is the wooden finish on the center console. It’s what Mercedes calls porous timber because it isn’t varnished.
The relaxation of the cabin is on the whole unchanged. It still has remarkably relaxed seats, back and front; a terrific fine cabin with crisp operability all-spherical; and functions via the page load. The latter consists of a multifunctional steering wheel that is electrically adjustable for reach and rake, electrically powered front seats that are 12-manner adjustable, a dual-region climate control device with rear AC vents, electric sunblind for the rear, and cup and bottle holders for occupants on all corners.
The C300d is loaded with tech too. Apart from the regular protection package – many airbags, ABS, and stability software – the 300d additionally get a vehicle parking brake, cruise control, automobile wipers and headlamps, vehicle-dimming mirrors, and enough smartness to tell if the motive force desires to take a spoil of no longer! There are using modes, too – Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual. The latter is for people who can’t stand presets.
How does it drive?
Now, the C300d may have AMG in its name – and it has effective output figures, no doubt – but it nonetheless isn’t as mad as AMGs pass. Plus, all the sense of occasion that the popping and crackling of an AMG exhaust brings is conspicuous with the aid of its absence on the 300d.
But it’s miles a lovable car to power. Toggle to Comfort mode, and the light but short and precise guidance, the effectively alert throttle reaction, and the seamless gear changes make the C300d both easy and exciting to power. Plus, the visibility, particularly at the front, courtesy of the not-so-fat A-pillars and a low set dashboard, is exceptional. It is remarkably effortless and relaxing to power in your everyday shuttle.
And when you’re taking it on the motorway, with all that torque and a 9-pace automatic, the C300d sits at 100kmph as though the engine has been just idling. Even the instant line stability is exceptional. Unless you study the speedometer, you wouldn’t have the ability to tell that you are doing three-digit speeds. That’s how quiet, and unhurried, and easygoing the C300d feels.
But, it’s no slouch around corners both. It does have AMG in its name, in the end. Shift to Sport+ mode, and the steering weighs up a bit. The throttle reaction feels more alert. And the gearbox holds every gear for a piece longer to give the driving force a more potent and extra on the spot power out of corners.