Now in its fourth-generation beneath the C-Class nameplate, Mercedes’ D-segment compact govt sedan is dealing with extra competitors than ever.
Even so, gross sales numbers for the W205 C-Class stay strong throughout the board. Final yr it was the third-best promoting German premium saloon in its class so far as the USA was involved, however these numbers don’t inform the entire story, seeing as how Audi and BMW have a tendency so as to add up their A4/A5 and 3-Sequence/4-Sequence metrics.
Anyway, the purpose is individuals are nonetheless shopping for the C-Class prefer it’s no one’s enterprise and, after its 2018 update, it’s straightforward to grasp why. The minor exterior modifications, new engines and bigger infotainment show all add as much as a greater product. Nonetheless, issues transfer rapidly on this business and what was nice in 2018 and even final yr, doesn’t essentially apply now.
So listed here are 4 the reason why you would possibly need to rethink earlier than you place the W205 C-Class in your shortlist when you’re planning on shopping for a model new premium sports activities sedan.
#1. Some newer rivals have extra trendy interiors
Apart from its fundamental show having grown a bit (now at 10.25 inches) and the addition of an non-obligatory 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, the interior design of the C-Class is just about the identical as earlier than. It doesn’t have the identical MBUX interface as newer fashions, so the floating display isn’t any match for what you’d discover inside the most recent BMW 3-Sequence or the up to date Jaguar XE, which now has a shocking cabin. We might even throw the Volvo S60 in there, which is probably not as well-liked, however not like the W205 C-Class, has a a lot more energizing design.
#2. It’s not the highest-quality automotive in its class
Since we’re speaking about inside design, let’s discuss high quality too, as a result of this has been a little bit of a problem for previous-gen Mercs just like the C-Class, the outdated A-Class, the GLC and some others.
You may argue that there are extra scratchy plastics contained in the W205 than you’d usually anticipate from a premium saloon. It’s not unhealthy, don’t get me flawed, however its cabin simply doesn’t really feel as sturdy as that of the Audi A4 for instance, to not point out the G20 BMW 3-Series, which represents a significant step up for the phase.
#3. It hasn’t been “Sensually Purified”
The W205 C-Class remains to be brandishing Mercedes’ outdated design language, which to be truthful no one’s complaining about, however shopping for a brand new automotive must be about getting the very newest in designs and expertise. Proper now, you’ve obtained the smaller, and extra reasonably priced, second-gen CLA trying extra contemporary than the C-Class – and that’s not precisely superb.
You may simply salvage the scenario by opting for an AMG kit, however until you try this, you’ll find yourself with an entry- or near-entry stage C-Class that doesn’t look as sharp because the 3er, S60, XE facelift, and even the brand new Genesis G70.
#4. All-new W206 C-Class coming subsequent yr
That is the most important purpose why you need to stave off shopping for a 2020 C-Class, and it ties in with the “design argument” from earlier than.
The following-gen W206 mannequin seems to appear to be a child S-Class, primarily based on spy pictures and this leak from last month. It can additionally function an all-new inside with a big free-standing digital instrument cluster and console-sized infotainment show – similar setup because the S-Class.
We will’t talk about construct high quality simply but, however it’s doubtless that the brand new C-Class’ inside would be the most superior in its phase on the time it debuts, which is approach forward of an all-new Audi A4.
Whereas we will spend all day debating why there’s little level in shopping for a 4-door or wagon variant of the C-Class at this second in time, the identical can’t be stated in regards to the Coupe/Cabrio variants, just because they’re styled so otherwise and their designs have been so effectively obtained. Moreover, their buyer base is completely different too, and this sort of buy may be very a lot an emotional, fairly than an affordable, one.
Does this imply you need to put the C-Class off your record? Nicely, it relies upon. Beginning at $41,400, the entry-level C 300 is pricier than the BMW 330i sedan ($41,250) and the Audi A4 40 TFSI quattro ($40,145). What’s extra, a model new mannequin is predicted, in all probability in 2021. So, with that in thoughts, you would possibly need to haggle over the value when you resolve to go along with a C-Class.