Published on September 16th, 2023 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mercedes-Benz C200 Avantgarde Test Drive Impression
Will this local assembled C200 be able to stay ahead of the Bavarian rival?
This new C-Class which is now locally assembled with a high level of cabin technology has a larger foot-print, with a length of 4751 mm and a width of 1820 mm.
So, this new C-Class is now considerably larger than its predecessor and also its closest rival, the BMW 3 Series. The wheelbase of this C200 has increased by 25 mm to 2865 mm. Both the front and rear passengers in the new C-Class benefit from the increased exterior dimensions.
Like the new Mercedes S-Class, this latest C-Class is equipped with the second generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). The vehicle interior becomes even more digital and intelligent, as both the hardware and software have made great strides.
Brilliant images on the LCD screens make it easy to control vehicle and comfort functions. The driver display and media display offer a holistic, aesthetic experience.
This latest C200 Avantgarde Line makes ownership very easy with a 1,496cc engine that delivers 204hp and 300Nm of torque. It will accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 246km/h (where permitted). Its selling price is just RM288,334 right now.
Now, this simple petrol sipping turbocharged engine still makes more sense today instead of going into full electric drive which is what some car buyers want to do.
Meanwhile, the (PHEV) plug-in hybrid system is ‘in-between’ and just adds more weight to the vehicle as it needs to carry the battery system, the electric motor and a petrol engine to work.
Despite being bigger, this C-Class’s level of responsiveness and agility outshines some bigger engine cars. It is so nimble that it actually feels like smaller car. Compared with the outgoing C-Class’s ride which felt a bit too soft, and latest C-Class feels a little bit stiffer, giving a sporty feel from the steering wheel inputs.
On the fast flowing corners, this C200 still delivers all the cornering power some drivers want. There is nearly perfect 50-50 weight distribution from front to back and a nicely engineered suspension system that not only was fun on the highways but also comfy on curvy roads.
So, in a nutshell, rivals like the Audi A4 Quattro (selling for RM358,900 now) and VW Arteon 4Motion (selling for RM299,990 now) might be better in terms of handling and cabin size (when looking at the selling prices) but the C-Class is still in its own territory.
Mercedes-AMG C 200 Avantgarde Line Specifications
Engine: 4-cylinder Turbocharged
Max Power: 204hp at 5,800-6,100rpm
Max Torque: 300Nm at 1,800-4,000rpm
Top speed: 246km/h