By Dan Scanlan – MyCarData.com
Keep in mind the primary C-Class Mercedes-Benz’s, again in 1993? They have been boxy; safe; and simply plain. Now behold what the C has develop into following a 2019 mannequin yr refresh that provides sharper design and critical tech in a glossy silver physique topped with purple convertible roof, a shade combo that turned heads and generated compliments.
• The compact C-Class was the alternative for the 190 E, a field epitomized. It wasn’t till the third-generation (2000-2007) C-Class that curves started. Lastly, the primary model of the present fourth-generation C-Class confirmed carved curves in nostril and flanks when it was born in 2014.
Newly up to date for 2019, the modifications are most outlined in entrance. The grill is extra aggressive, the Three-pointed star lifeless middle, an AMG Line exterior including a diamond-dotted design, whereas an AMG-specific entrance bumper obtained a decrease consumption flanked by gaping aspect intakes with vanes – †principally pretend, a slit in every simply ahead of the entrance wheels to calm airflow round tires. Lengthy, lean LED headlights have eyebrow DRLs, plus parts that bend into turns. The slim decrease air dam goes gloss black, an colour additionally achieved on aspect mirrors.
A pointy design line flows off the headlights’ trailing edges, spearing via body-color door handles that glow when the door unlock button is depressed, to finish at slim wraparound LED taillights. Gently flared fenders tightly body 10-spoke brushed alloy and gloss grey AMG alloy wheels sporting P225/40R19-inch Continental rubber. Massive 13-inch cross-drilled disc brakes have been seen between the entrance wheel spokes, and 11.Eight-inch strong discs in again. Our silver automotive had a putting burgundy material prime that flowed off the raked windshield, then gently curved to satisfy the brief rear deck. Its gently lipped trunk was over a trim bumper with chrome steel exhaust ideas on the ends of a slim decrease AMG gloss black aero fascia.
The C 300 Cabrio is a merely lovely automotive with an aggressive face, modern stance.
• The 2-tone grey inside retains virtually the identical design as the unique of this era, filled with tech, luxurious and high quality match and end.
Our C300 Cabrio gained a digital gauge show and a wider, tablet-like middle display underneath a stitched darkish grey leather-based sprint prime that crests gently in entrance of the driving force. Elsewhere, buff open-pore wooden accents be a part of silver trim, artistically-perforated Burmester sound system speaker grills giving forth strong sound even topless. Countless colour decisions glow on door and middle console-framing accent lighting.
S-Class tech lives within the inset 12.Three-inch gauge show, configurable to a blue-tinted Basic or orange-accented Sport, each getting 160-mph speedometer and eight,000-rpm tach, the latter with an on the spot G-force meter inside that provides no actual information. The Progressive choice pares the look right down to digital readouts. In between, a configurable show for journey, audio, automotive security settings and operation and extra, all controllable off a left spoke mini-touchpad that allows you to swipe by means of important menu settings, faucet to verify, then work by way of submenus. A crisp and enormous head-up show exhibits velocity, navigation, audio, cruise management setting, space velocity restrict and extra.
The facility tilt/telescoping steering wheel is one other AMG piece, its leather-wrapped rim gently flattened on the backside. Alloy paddle shifters grace its bottom, whereas extra actual aluminum makes up cruise controls on the left, underneath the primary gauge’s touchpad and most important menu management. On the proper, one other mini-touchpad to swipe by means of menus on the primary display, in addition to audio, phone and voice command, plus a “House” button to pop all features on the primary display. Your palms by no means have to go away the wheel to function virtually every little thing, aided by strong voice command. Underfoot, AMG alloy-accented pedals.
Excessive sprint middle lives a wider 10.25-inch display, residence to a extremely detailed navigation map, plus audio, media, apps, phone and automotive setting menus. A well-known twist/faucet controller within the decrease middle console additionally handles it. The shiny palm relaxation is a touchpad to spell an tackle or quantity, then faucet for enter, in addition to swipe a finger to vary stations or entry menus. To port lives the Dynamic Driving button for “Eco,” “Consolation,” “Sport,” “Sport+” and “Particular person” engine/suspension/transmission settings. There’s a parking sensor and self-park button, plus auto engine shutoff change.
Behind that, neatly designed buttons to deal with the facility prime, home windows or rear wind-blocker in addition to a novel airflow vane on the windshield prime.
Each driver and passenger bucket seats get 14-way energy changes off acquainted seat-shaped controls on the doorways, plus triple reminiscence presets, warmth and cooling. They have been agency, supportive and cozy. Mercedes’ HEADSCARF, principally a neck-heating fan, lives within the power-adjustable head restraints and works like a heat scarf on a cool day.
Again seats have sufficient leg room for an grownup on brief journeys, however they sit bolt upright. A toddler booster seat matches, however the individual in entrance had to surrender room to clear a Three-year-old’s kicking ft. The facility prime folds beneath a tough rear tonneau. As for the trunk underneath its field, it’s Eight.Eight-cu.ft. shallow, extra storage underneath the flip-up flooring. The C300 Cabrio can pack sufficient for 2 on trip, though any extra individuals means sitting with it in again.
• Regardless of its AMG wheels and design parts, the Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet 4MOTION isn’t a muscle automotive. That stated, it’s no wimp both.
Underneath the lengthy silver bonnet lies a brand new 2-liter turbocharged inline 4 with 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque at 1,800- to Four,000-rpm. That’s 14 hp greater than final yr, funneled via a 9-speed automated transmission, then hitting the bottom by way of the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. Lively torque distribution means 45 % heads to the entrance wheels, and 55 % aft throughout regular driving, shifting as wanted. The automotive’s driving modes, which alter engine, transmission, steering and suspension, additionally determine into the drive.
Set in SPORT+, which backed off traction management because it ramped up engine response and shifts, netted a Zero-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds, all 4 Continentals digging in on launch. Our 1,600-mile-old C 300 noticed turbo increase are available clean and agency simply shy of two,000 rpm for a dash to the end. Upshifts have been clean, the exhaust giving a little bit of rasp in SPORT+, however not a lot. We had passing energy on demand. More often than not, we drove in Particular person mode, choosing SPORT steering and suspension with ECO for the engine, in addition to engine cut-off at stoplights. ECO mode did dumb down throttle enter, however gave us sufficient engine response for around-town driving. With every day forays into SPORT mode, we averaged 20 mpg.
The C300 Cabrio rides on unbiased multi-link suspension entrance and rear, with coil springs, single-tube shock absorbers and torsion bars, all adjustable for journey and dealing with. The end in COMFORT was clean however simply taut sufficient, absorbing bumps properly. However my go-to was SPORT, which firmed up experience simply sufficient to shortly deal with bumps with strong, buffered rebound. That, plus the faster throttle and shift response, made the C 300 a enjoyable grand touring automotive.
Prime up or down, the superstructure was stiff and rattle-free. Dips in corners didn’t upset the automotive, no cowl shake evident. Push it more durable and we had a little bit of understeer, however the C 300 was pretty flat, as video of our slalom and tight skid pad exhibits. The automotive was enjoyable and agile to toss although a collection of corners, steering giving nice suggestions as we went from apex to apex. The large brakes had good preliminary chew excessive on the pedal, then strong management and fast stops with out drama or nostril dive, no fade after repeated arduous stops.
Driver-assistance packages are trickling down from Mercedes-Benz’s S- and E-Class sedans, which means near-autonomous ranges of tech with new digital camera and radar techniques. Lively cruise management maintains velocity and distance in visitors, involves a full cease, then resumes if visitors does inside a minute. A digital camera retains an eye fixed on velocity restrict indicators, posting it on the head-up show because it mechanically slows you right down to that quantity, typically abruptly. That stated, it typically “learn” a 15 mph faculty zone signal and utilized critical braking — when faculty was not in session. The C 300 additionally slowed by itself for exit ramps and freeway curves if cruise management was activated, typically greater than a human would do. Its lively steer meant that once I flipped on a flip sign to go down an area road, the cruise management routinely slowed us right down to the right cornering velocity as its GPS scanned the nook. All I needed to do was steer.
The lane-keeping system, together with lively steer, actually labored to maintain the C 300 contained in the lane markers, typically nudging a bit an excessive amount of. To vary lanes, flip the flip sign that approach, and cameras and radar scanned, then rigorously steered into the lane because it cancelled the sign. It even self-drove in low-speed conditions if there are good lane makers for its cameras to see, steering itself whereas sustaining a 20-mph velocity restrict it a development zone. However let it self-steer some other time, and it chastises you by way of a flashing pink icon on gauge and head-up show, typically even once I had each palms on the wheel.
The facility prime went up or down in 18 seconds, doable as much as 20 mph. Distant operation was attainable by way of the “unlock” or “lock” button on the important thing fob from shut up.
General, the extent of sophistication inside was nearly as good as I’ve seen, with out being too intrusive to those that need to drive. The highest is properly insulated and completed inside, and the automotive is quiet on the street with it up, just a few tire noise. And it was enjoyable to drive, agile and strong in all climate circumstances.
• A base 2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 cabriolet with rear wheel drive begins at $51,850, whereas our 4MATIC was $53,850 with a lot of what we had normal. However our choices added up: $850 AMG wheels, $1,800 AMG Night time Package deal with black accents, diamond dot grill, sport brakes and steering wheel, AMG Line inside and physique accents; $1,950 leather-based inside; $450 heated/cooled entrance seats; $310 inside accent lighting; $1,650 Burmester sound system, wind-blockers and energy trunk partition; $2,200 navigation; $1,090 parking help; $990 head-up show; $1,700 driver help with lively steering, cruise management and brake help; $750 digital gauges; and $170 cellphone inductive charger. Remaining worth – $68,480.
Competitors is restricted to the $51,00 Audi A5 Cabriolet and $55,000 BMW 430i xDrive Convertible. Each get turbo fours with 248-hp every, the Audi hitting 60 mph in simply over 5.5 seconds, the BMW about the identical.
• Backside line – The C 300 Cabriolet is modern, lovely, enjoyable to drive and filled with efficiency and security tech.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Cabriolet 4MATIC specs
Car sort – all-wheel-drive Four-passenger convertible
Base worth – $53,850 ($68,480 as examined)
Engine sort – Turbocharged DOHC, 16-valve aluminum inline Four
Displacement – 2-liter
Horsepower (internet) – 280 hp @ 5,800-6,100 rpm
Torque (lb.ft.) – 273 @1,800 – Four,000 rpm
Transmission – 9-speed automated w/paddle shift
Wheelbase – 111.Eight inches
General size – 184.5 inches
General width – 79.Four inches w/mirrors
General peak – 55.5 inches
Entrance headroom – 38.Eight inches
Entrance legroom – 42 inches
Rear headroom – 35.6 inches
Rear legroom – 32 inches
Cargo capability – Eight.83 cu. ft.
Gasoline capability – 17.Four gallons
Weight – n/a.
Mileage score – 21-mpg metropolis/29 mpg freeway