MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS DIESEL COUPE C220d AMG Line Edition 2dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2133 g/km

HEY GOOD LOOKING

The C-Class Coupe serves up a low key but high concept slice of modern Mercedes design. June Neary tries it.

Will It Suit Me?

I was always a secret admirer of the old Mercedes CLK coupe and I say secret because, while I always recognised the car was never quite as good as a BMW 3 Series coupe of the same period, I preferred the Mercedes' styling and didn't want to be labelled superficial. I always longed for a sleek two-door Mercedes that was not only achingly pretty but also able to mix it with BMW's best in every other area. Now I know that coupes are usually one class of car that get an exemption from most of the normal rules based on the way they look, and it has to be said that this latest C-Class Coupe does look extremely good, but as soon as it arrived, I began searching for the catch. The good news? So far, I don't seem to have discovered any notable caveats.

Practicalities

The C-Class Coupe doesn't cost an awful lot less than Mercedes' E-Class Coupe and you have to wonder whether there's really space for both models in the market. Mercedes reason that older buyers will prefer the E, while the young - and the young at heart - will prefer the C-Class. They're both handsome pieces of styling, but I'd go for the C-Class every time. Unless you can stretch to the fire-breathing C63 AMG models, the styling of the C-Class is rather low key, with the modern Mercedes family face grafted onto a sleek and, yes, mature profile. The rearmost side window shape looks suspiciously like a BMW which in itself is no bad thing, and the only design detail that you'd need to be careful of are the wheels. The 18-inch alloy wheels can look a little lost with those big slab flanks, so much as I enjoy a smooth-riding car, I think I might be tempted to go for a 19-inch wheel to give the car the right amount of visual balance. As with all coupe models in this class, there's not a great deal of room in the back, but that's hardly big news. The boot is a decent size and the rear seats fold down if you need to carry long items.

Behind the Wheel

Jump inside and you'll find the C-Class Coupe has been treated to the same high quality fittings that Mercedes has bestowed upon the latest C-Class saloon and estate. The materials quality is far higher than C-Class models of the past and there's plenty of space for front seat occupants although the rears remain best left for small kids or handbags. This C-class also gets the option of the fully-digital instrument display, a 12.3-inch TFT screen that replaces the conventional dials using technology borrowed from larger Mercedes models. You can customise the layout between three display styles - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Progressive'. As before, flowing forms characterise the centre console as well as the door and rear side panelling, which smoothly merge into one another to emphasise the coupe character. There are front sports seats specifically designed for this Coupe variant and featuring automatic belt feeders for added convenience. Engines? The range kicks off with the new 1.5-litre petrol unit fitted to the base C200, a model available either rear-driven or with 4MATIC AWD. This powerplant puts out 184hp and a useful 280Nm of torque, plus it features clever 'EQ Boost' technology which uses a 48volt on-board network with a belt-driven starter/alternator. When accelerating, 'EQ Boost' system can assist the engine with an additional 14hp, bridging the brief moment until the turbocharger has built up its full charge pressure. Mercedes has also developed a 2.0-litre 254hp version of this petrol engine for the C300 variant. There's a new four cylinder diesel too, the previous 2.1-litre unit now replaced by a state-of-the-art 2.0-litre powerplant with 194hp. Across the range there's a standard 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system - and you can add to that with optional 'DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL' adaptive damping. At the top of the range lie the fearsome Mercedes-AMG models, offered with V6 or V8 power. The V6-engined C43 4MATIC now puts out 390hp. At the top of the range is the C63 AMG which is most certainly not for the faint hearted. Developing a frankly overstuffed 476 or 510hp (depending on the variant chosen), this is a vehicle that will delight the skilled driver and terrify the timid in equal measures, as indeed a proper AMG product should.

Value For Money

Mercedes has priced the C-Class Coupe extremely carefully, taking into account the positioning of its E-Class two door as well as the BMW 4 Series Coupe and the Audi A5. Most models will be sold in the £38,000 to £40,000 bracket. Ongoing running costs are very competitive. The new 1.5-litre EQ Boost petrol engine fitted to the base C200 enables a useful improvement in efficiency to be possible, so don't automatically opt for a diesel this time round. It puts out 140g/km of CO2. This unit features a clever starter/alternator that during deceleration recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery. For auto models, there's also a gliding mode that operates at cruising speeds, switching the engine off, before seamlessly re-starting it when you brush your foot against the throttle. And a 'recuperative brake with intelligent engine stop' function which also works when the vehicle is coasting. Mercedes says that internal friction is much reduced with this new four cylinder unit.

Could I Live With One?

As long as you don't need to regularly transport adults (or adult-sized kids) in the back, then it's hard to see how anybody couldn't make space for a Mercedes C-Class Coupe in their lives, funds permitting of course. Unfortunately, funds aren't permitting right now, so as much as I would love a new C220d, it's back to the classifieds for me. I'm belatedly coming out of the closet and declaring my affection for that old CLK.

  • Green tinted glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
  • Side windows surround in polished aluminium
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Adaptive brake system with hold function, hill start assist and brake drying function

  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering

  • Agility control sports suspension lowered by 15 mm

  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone

  • Attention assist
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
  • Reversing camera
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Active park assist with parktronic system

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Remote boot release

  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Pre-wiring for SD navigation system
  • SD card based satellite navigation system
  • Instrument cluster with 5.5-inch TFT multi-function display
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Sports direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • High resolution 10.25" multimedia colour display

  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable

  • Artico man-made leather dashboard
  • Black ash wood with brushed aluminium trim

  • 66l fuel tank with increased capacity
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • SD card slot
  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Two USB ports and one SD Card slot in centre console
  • Frontbass loudspeakers
  • Audio 20 with integrated media interface and bluetooth handsfree function

  • Visible twin pipe exhaust trim integrated into rear bumper
  • Chrome pins diamond radiator grille with integrated stars
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons, side skirts
  • Door sill panels with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window
  • AMG front, rear apron and side skirts
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Full LED tail lamps
  • LED High Performance headlamps including integral LED daytime running lamps
  • LED Indicators
  • LED third brake light

  • THERMATIC 2 zone automatic climate control

  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Leather upholstery
  • 3-spoke leather multi function AMG steering wheelwith flattened bottom section and chrome inserts with perforated leather in grip area

  • Front LED reading lights

  • Seat comfort pack - C Class
  • Stowage pack - C Class
  • Interior lighting package - C Class
  • Mirror package - C Class

  • Automatic seatbelt pretensioner for driver and front passenger
  • Dual stage airbags - driver and front passenger, front sidebags, driver kneebag, pelvis bag and windowbags for driver, front and rear passengers
  • ISOFIX child seat attachment points with top tether in rear
  • 2 rear seatbelts
  • Black seat belts
  • 3 point automatic seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • AMG sports seats
  • Front head restraints
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Electrical height and back adjustment front seat

  • KEYLESS-GO starting function
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Anti-theft alarm system/interior protection with tow-away protection and interior monitoring systems
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Immobiliser

  • 9G Tronic plus 9 speed automatic

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 18" 5 spoke aero alloy wheels in Silver
  • 19" front / 20" rear AMG cross spoke forged alloy wheels painted in matt black + red brake calipers

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 133
  • CO: 0.059
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.02
  • HC+NOx: 0.029
  • Particles: 0.0013

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1950
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 55.4

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 37E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 57
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 194
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Edition
  • Coin Description: d
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
  • Engine Power - BHP: 194
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7
  • Top Speed: 149
  • Engine Power - KW: 143
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE

  • Length: 4686
  • Width: 1810
  • Wheelbase: 2840
  • Width (including mirrors): 2016
  • Height: 1405
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 380
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 495
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1650
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2145
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2

  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo special metallic paint: £895
  • Designo special magno paint: £1,795

  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £685
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £685
  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685
  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo special magno - Selenite grey: £1,795
  • Designo special metallic - Diamond white: £895
  • Designo special metallic - Hyacinth red: £895

  • Leather - Cranberry red: £0
  • Leather - Porcelain: £0
  • Leather - Black: £0
  • Leather - Saddle brown: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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