Working for a vehicle architect has its perks, along with alive in an enterprise, and for a employer, that I am amorous approximately. The introduced is fact capable of drive the automobiles it makes.
During my abbreviate management with Mercedes-Benz, I accept apprenticed aggregate from a worried GLA180, a plentiful E300 Cab, a hardcore C43, and workhorses like the X250 and the Vito (the last absolutely blew me abroad with how plentiful it acquainted like a ‘vehicle’) and abounding delivered fashions in between.
The automobile I’ve had for the aftermost six months has been a C220d, which has the AMG, Vision and COMAND bales (extra on that beneath). The C220d is the base-model diesel, with the C250d actuality the pinnacle-cease diesel. Both run a 2.1-litre agent engine, with the C220 lively a distinct faster, and the C250 energetic a accompanying faster and a slight capability bump. The C250 moreover comes with added frequent alternatives, like absolute masking and adaptive cruise manage, as opposed to the C220’s affected covering and cruise manipulate.
This become the aboriginal agent vehicle I’d apprenticed on a authorized foundation. Having on my own anytime really apprenticed my dad’s venture utes, all I truly knew about diesels changed into that that they had countless of torque, and ammunition abridgement become a ways above to a petroleum equal. But truth a ute, they had been sluggish, and acquainted bulky. So how could a massive, RWD authority vehicle analyze to the utes? Night and day!
The 2.1-litre unmarried-rapid agent assemblage start in the 220d offers 125kW and 400Nm at 1400rpm, which is beatific to the rear auto through a 9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox, with paddle shifters on the council wheel. The vehicle isn’t a rocket deliver, demography 7.Five strange to capacity 100km/h, however in-tools dispatch does receive a college of coercion about it, which confirms that they do be given a quantity of torque.
The additional affair I appetite to verify is the ammunition economic system. I’m averaging approximately 900–950km out of the 66L tank, that is a mix of artery and urban. Since demography transport, I’ve finished 6500km averaging 7.2L/100km.
The anatomy and abeyance anatomy a combination of action and luxury, with bargain springs and stiffer dampers, and flair added on the abundance facet. Having ahead endemic a Megane RS275 Trophy and a closely adapted Integra Type R (DC5), I apperceive the accurate acceptation of ‘jarring suspension’. The automobile feels adjustable at low and artery speeds, and additionally collapsed lower back demography corners with a piece of pace. It would answer to say that I became blessed with what the drivetrain and abeyance had to offer, for what is fundamentally a base-version agent with a movement backpack on it.
So, what overseas does $sixty eight,000 pressure-away buy you? Well, as ahead mentioned, this car has 3 bales established.
The AMG Package, which provides the AMG bodykit and rims, sports activities seats, good buy suspension, sports pedals and executed advanced anchor rotors. Personally, this will be article that I would advantage on any Mercedes-Benz. The good buy abeyance has no troubles with acceleration bumps, and does accord a nicer stance. The bodykit moreover offers a considerable sportier attending as compared to the normal frame.
The Vision Amalgamation provides a 360 digital camera, car headlights, head-up affectation (HUD), and across-the-board sunroof. I’m a large fan of the HUD, and normally take delivery of it switched on at all times. With the 360 camera, you additionally be given car approximately-face alongside parking.
The final amalgamation on this car is the COMAND Package, which is broadly speaking for in-automobile entertainment. This includes an integrated adamantine deejay force, net connectivity thru a commutual tool, thirteen-speaker stereo and DAB radio. The stereo on this automobile is excellent, with now not too ample bass and is constantly clean, no amount in case you are alert to the radio or thru Bluetooth out of your phone, that’s alive tune from Spotify.
One pain I receive is that the auto doesn’t seem with Apple or Google streaming, which is article the GLA180 has. I’ve heard that that is now reachable at the anaplasty model.
Overall, the auto is a pleasure to force, and has great of the animal comforts you would understand from a automobile on this quantity bracket. Unfortunately, plentiful like a adaptable buzz or laptop, the generation has anachronous instead fast.
Would I alone go out and purchase one? If I could acquisition a demo’ at the right amount with the appropriate alternatives, yes, I ought to alive after the thrill connectivity and adaptive cruise manage. Otherwise, I might acclaim the face lift.