- Mileage: Delivery
- Transmission: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Engine Size: 1.6
- Interior Colour: Flamenco Red
- Exterior Colour: Obsidian black
- Body Style: Coupe
- Seats: 4
- Reg date: 2012/12
- Cloth/artico leather upholstery
- Bi-xenon headlights/wash + dynamic range adjustment
- Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
- Cruise control + speed limiter
- Parktronic - front/rear
- 18" 7 spoke AMG alloy wheels
- USB/aux input socket
- Electric windows one touch open/close
- Audio 20 radio/6CD/MP3 player with 5.8" colour display and telephone keypad
- Automatic dual-zone climate control system
- Partial electric front seats/backrest/height adjustment
- Height/reach adjustable steering column
- Electronic Stability Program with Anti Skid Control
- DAB digital radio module
- Sports seats
- Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
- Multi function steering wheel
- Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
- Engine Power 156 bhp
- Top Speed 139 mph
- Acceleration (0-62mph) 8.5 seconds
- CO2 Rating (g/km) 147 g/km
- Average MPG 44.8 mpg
- Boot Capacity 450 litres
Auto Express says:
The new 1.6 turbo is a big improvement over the old 1.8. It delivers lower running costs and a more flexible, sharper driving experience. Combined with AMG Sport Plus trim, it’s also great to drive. The rear seats are cramped, throttle response could be sharper and the C220 diesel makes more overall sense, but the C180 is better than ever
Auto Car says:
At 1597cc, the entry-level C180 loses 199cc of its capacity but retains its supercharger. It keeps the same power figure (154bhp), and has 170lb ft of torque on tap between 3000rpm and 4500rpm.This C-class is lighter, and Mercedes has also fitted low-resistance tyres, an energy management system that turns the power steering on and off as required and smaller side mirrors. Mercedes claims an 11 per cent improvement in fuel economy, too, to a combined 44.8mpg.
The 1.6-litre supercharged lump just about copes with the C-class’s bulk, but it’s never going to feel genuinely quick.Power delivery is linear enough and the engine spins freely to beyond 5000rpm (the gearshift indicator will have gone crazy on you long before then, mind). Away from motorways, the C180 is happiest to use its mid-range torque in third and fourth gears.
It needs decent amounts of revs at all times, but effective soundproofing keeps the thrum acceptably distant. There’s impressively little road noise from the low-resistance tyres, too.
As for the fuel economy figures, we tried the C180 over a mixed route that took in country roads, heavy motorway traffic, clear fast-lane running and an urban rush-hour, and it returned just shy of 39mpg. We’d imagine that regular daily use would nudge that figure towards Merc’s claimed average.
The other C-class strengths are still present, naturally. Even on the new rubber, its ride errs on the side of comfort more than the 3-series’, but there’s plenty of ability in the chassis (even if its entertainment value is a touch short of that of its age-old rival).
And the Merc’s cabin is still a fabulous place to spend time; fit and finish are excellent, the soft-touch materials feel luxurious and the seats are superbly comfortable for long journeys. Even the basic stereo now includes Bluetooth phone connectivity as standard.
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