- Why this C-Class got the hang of it
- The T-model has arrived
- The beauty of the new jaguar
- A flowing cockpit
- The S-Class Coupe has never been so elegant
- Esthete for the fast small family
- Engine sound to be underestimated
- What was left of the craftsman feeling
Why this C-Class got the hang of it
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If this weren’t a station wagon, you’d think the S-Class was coming. The huge grille, the headlights, much of the new C-Class is reminiscent of the top model from …Mercedes, yes …
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… a look at the rear dispels all doubts, because there is simply no such thing as an S-Class station wagon.
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New in the cargo area of the C-Class (up to 1510 liters) is that the backrest of the rear seat bench can now be folded down in three parts. The backrest parts have a width ratio of 40:20:40…, just like BMW has been doing for a long time.
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Unfortunately, there is no completely level loading area in the Mercedes C-Class station wagon.
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To do this, you can fold the backrest parts forwards at the push of a button.
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The T-model of the Mercedes C-Class is 4.70 meters long, and the designers have resisted the temptation to tilt the tailgate. So the car shows the classic K…ombi look, whereas …
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… the design of the front speaks more in favor of a sports model – at least if you have ordered the avant-garde equipment with a large central star in the grill.
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Inside, on the other hand, the car tends more towards luxury. Workmanship and choice of materials are of the highest quality, and for an extra charge you can order all sorts of extras, even… one …
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… Burmester sound system – just like in the S-Class.
No experiments a la A-Class: With the C-Class station wagon, Mercedes has an aesthetically coherent car in its range. An exit in the C 250 shows the other qualities. Only minor annoyances occurred.
E.There are these fashion victims, the types of victims among the fashion conscious. They go along with a lot, if not everything, but always in such a way that you don’t believe it. They lack the authentic, basically they are followers. Milky-faced beards.
These types are also found among automobiles. Example: the Mercedes A-Class, although the model sells well, but there are also beards a dime a dozen. The entry-level Benz should gallantly carry out the metamorphosis from the elk-test-tormented high roof with van allures to the compact sports car. But the result is a sheet metal structure that looks as if it had been given an ounce too much protein supplement.
The CLA, which rolls on the same front-wheel drive platform as the A-Class, is hardly better. The idea of simply shrinking the sublime four-door coupe CLS called for design compromises. For example, the short body overhangs as a by-product of the long wheelbase, which was necessary for a reasonable interior space.
They make the car appear too squat for a coupe that optically lives from stretched lines. Like an overstretched arch. Something similar can be said of the recently introduced Shooting Brake. The former pensioner brand is set to get younger and younger.
The T-model has arrived
With the larger models of the brand with the star, the question of tapering is not so urgent (although it works better here) – because of the body size, which naturally provides more sublimity and suits the designers. And because of the price, which requires a certain professional age and appropriate reserves.
The beauty of the new jaguar
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You can immediately recognize the new XE as a Jaguar, because the radiator grille is typical of the brand. In contrast to …
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… However, the XE is smaller than the XF and XJ models: With an exterior length of 4.67 meters, it competes in the middle class and meets the German top dogs Mercedes C-Class and BMW …3 Series and Audi A4.
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The interior, here the sports equipment, does not come as a surprise to Jaguar customers. Everything is kept in simple elegance, the rotary knob for rests on the center console …the automatic. But the infotainment system is new, and the much-criticized Jaguar navigation is said to have improved significantly.
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Despite the sporty lines, the XE offers enough space for the head and knees inside. The trunk has a volume of 455 liters and the rear seat backs are (as in BMW and Mercedes) in proportion…Old 40/20/40 foldable.
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Jaguar Head of Design Ian Callum at the presentation of the XE in the specially built new workshop. 613 robots are working here to ensure that …
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… a new XE can roll into the brightly lit final inspection every 78 seconds.
Now, however, Mercedes seems to be slowly getting the hang of the – at least somewhat – smaller guys too. The sedan impressed with its harmonious appearance, but the T-model of the current C-Class, on the market since last autumn, looks even more popular.
The interplay of long bonnet and compact rear is harmonious. Also nice to look at: the window line. While it rises towards the rear with the competition such as the 3-series BMW and creates something impetuous there, it is slightly tense with the Mercedes, which also makes the T-model look elegant and sporty thanks to the curvature in the side panel.
A flowing cockpit
This mixture continues in the interior. The days when the Stuttgart-based company could only be conservative are long gone. Value is the first impression as soon as you step in. The cockpit seems to flow around the driver, so curved are the shapes and so soft are the transitions, for example from the glove compartment to the center console or from the window sills to the dashboard. The workmanship is great, the feedback from switches and levers is pleasant.
The S-Class Coupe has never been so elegant
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The current Mercedes S-Class is anything but boring or unsportsmanlike. Nevertheless, the coupe, which will be available from September, sets the model series in terms of optics, driving pleasure and …Variety of equipment still a lot on top.
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Compared to its predecessor, the now 5.03 meter long noble body is almost seven centimeters shorter, but now sets the typical specifications of a coupe more accentuated and…m.
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The top model will be launched with two eight-cylinder engines (S 500, S63 AMG), always with all-wheel drive and with self-confident pricing.
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Exactly 125,961.50 euros are due for the two-door S 500, around 16,000 euros more than for the comparable sedan; the version as S63 AMG 4Matic beats with m…at least 170,000 euros to book. Purely rear-wheel drive versions are to follow in early January 2015.
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With 400 liters, the trunk volume is very decent for a coupe. For comparison: 510 liters fit in the trunk of the sedan.
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Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes S500 Coupe, S-Class Coupe, Luxuscoupe, June 2014
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The interior of the S-Class Coupe is also very elegant: the large displays impress with their brilliance, the leather seats are air-conditioned and offer various massage functions.
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The switches and buttons are familiar from the limousine, and the materials used correspond to the prices.
And the two passengers in the rear do not have to sit tight either, although the most desirable seat will probably be behind the wheel.
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Anyone who always wants to be sure that the S-Class Coupe smells good should order the Air Balance package with active fragrancing and ionization.
There is slight potential for optimization in ergonomics. Whether the central display in the dimensions of a tablet computer is chic or too much of a good thing remains a matter of taste.
However, operating the multimedia functions via the central touchpad is a bit fiddly. Only after a period of getting used to it should Mercedes newbies no longer confuse the stick lever of the adaptive cruise control with the indicator or the gear selector lever with the windshield wiper.
Esthete for the fast small family
While all of this applies equally to sedans and station wagons, the differences start with the C-pillar. Although the stowage space of the station wagon normally holds 490 liters only ten liters more than the notchback, the luggage compartment of the T-model can be expanded to up to 1510 liters when loaded up to the roof. All you have to do is fold the back seat back, in the sedan Mercedes can pay for this as an extra with 345 euros.
The fact that the 4.70 meter long T-model of the C-Class is more of a vehicle for the small family should be clear in comparison with the 20 centimeter longer E-Class station wagon, the regular almost 700 liters and a maximum of almost 2000 liters and also offers more space in the rear. Compared to the 3 Series Touring from BMW, the main competitor of the C-Class, there is a stalemate to report in this regard.
On the motorway, however, the driven C 250 with 211 hp behaves like a big one. The sovereignty with which it can be moved actually points beyond the middle class level. Only at high speeds beyond the 200 km / h mark is it no longer as full and true to track on the asphalt as the bigger and heavier of the brand.
Engine sound to be underestimated
The torque is always sufficient for this, because the maximum torque of 350 Newton meters can be accessed from 1200 revolutions. The smallest T-model from Mercedes storms up to 244 km / h, making it hardly slower than most cars, because at 250 things are often limited anyway.
When sprinting, the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder sounds a bit weak, but it still delivers: 6.8 seconds pass from zero to 100 when the accelerator pedal is depressed in the sportiest mode with hard dampers, and it can happen that the seven -Gear automatic at 210 still remains in the fifth, while in Eco mode the last gear is low-speed at 40 km / h.
What was left of the craftsman feeling
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Then the plumber comes racing: VW’s Caddy is becoming ever sleeker and, with the new generation, is once again moving away from the original craftsman’s car. Families welcome! …Even though….
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… there is also the box version, from which the youngsters could not look out at the back, that’s how flat the sheet metal wall from the B-pillar is. The caddy is also reminiscent of …its roots when…
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… you look into the cockpit, which in the basic version looks sparse, if not unfunctional. If you look at the high roof combination from behind…
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… you can understand that he even has fans from the tuning scene. Just imagine it a few millimeters lower. The factory engines differ in terms of temperament.…..
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… but rather keep it in check. The diesel engines each have a displacement of two liters and have between 75 and 150 hp. The petrol engine starts with an 84 hp 1.2-liter, above the egg…n three-cylinder turbo with one liter displacement and 102 hp and the 1.4 liter TSI with 125 hp.
When exercising, the display quickly shows eleven liters and more than the average consumption. The manufacturer’s measured value of 5.6 liters (CO2 emissions: 130 g / km) can be reached by means of creep mode if the device is used for purposes other than intended. At best, our test consumption was 7.9 liters when gliding smoothly over the country and through the city.
The C 250 starts as a T-model at 42,600 euros (the exclusive variant driven at 45,577 euros) and is around 2300 euros more expensive than the competition from Munich, the 328i Touring with 245 hp, but similar performance, which costs from 40,300 euros.
It should be noted that, despite the liveliness that is common at the time, the C-Class has barely deviated from the roots of the T-Model. Because what the W 123 should be as a station wagon in the 70s, the current C-Class can be particularly good, a lifestyle station wagon. With the old one, however, that still meant setting yourself apart from a craftsman’s car. Today nobody would even begin to cite this reference value himself. Fortunately, this station wagon has not succumbed to the temptation to wear a full beard either.
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