2019 Mercedes-Benz C 200 Review | Asian Car Guide
August 14, 2020

2019 Mercedes-Benz C 200 Review

2019 mercedes-benz c 200

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has 6,500 new or updated components, the most extensive update in the model history, over half of components being new.

The C200’s cockpit features new steering wheel and digital instrument cluster.

Interestingly this is a mild hybrid sedan. Propelled by an entirely new engine, Mercedes-Benz has taken the downsizing route favoured by many brands, but performance has not been downsized much.

Codenamed M 264, the turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder powerplant is complemented by an intelligent belt-driven starter alternator and potent 48-volt battery in the boot.

The C200 mild hybrid, named EQ Boost, cannot propel by electric power alone, however it provides 14hp extra for acceleration, eliminating turbocharger lag before full boost, and recuperates over 80 percent of energy produced during braking.

2019 mercedes-benz c 200 interiorThere is gliding mode where the engine switches off (saving fuel) and recuperative braking with intelligent engine stop.

These features play a significant role in helping the C200 achieve respectable fuel consumption of nearly 16km/L.

The start/stop system operates particularly comfortably as the engine restarts almost silently with low vibrations and very rapidly, thanks to the belt-driven starter alternator.

Compared to its predecessor with larger turbocharged powerplant and same number of cylinders, the C200 sedan is only 0.4 second slower in the century sprint (7.7 against 7.3 seconds).

In Sport or Sport Plus mode, you are pleasantly surprised how quickly it moves, covering asphalt at a rather surprising rate for a 1.5-litre, 1.5 tonne vehicle.

The Mercedes C200 turbocharged 1.5-litre engine shines for its lack of turbo lag, but at idle and low revs it does have a “minus” – it chatters and sounds strangely like an uninspiring diesel.

The new 9-speed automatic transmission does it part with direct and swift gear changes and the computer does an excellent job of ensuring no “hunting” for gears, which can happen when piloting a car swiftly through a myriad of bends.

Still, paddle shifters are available should you want to play racing driver.

Equipped with all-round multi-link suspension, the C200 sedan has good ride comfort, handling swoopy roads relatively well, although rolling a bit in tighter stuff.

Exterior and interior have been updated and so have Intelligent Drive Assistance systems, now at S-Class levels, offering route-based support.

Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steer Assist provide even more support for safe distance and steering – speed is cleverly adjusted ahead of bends, junctions and roundabouts.

Externally, the most distinguishable changes are front apron, headlights, taillights, tailpipes and rear insert for the diffuser.

Multi-beam LED headlights with Ultra Range are optional for the first time, to rapidly adjust driving lights for prevailing traffic situations.

Then to the cockpit, from the driver’s seat, the new steering wheel and optional fully digital 12.3-inch HD driver’s instrument cluster take centre stage.

The latter is the same one that was first used in the E-Class and allows you to select from Classic, Sport or Progressive display style.

The steering wheel houses the integrated cruise control and Distronic functions so you can activate and adjust these features without taking hands off the wheel.

To mention also, on the wheel are touch-sensitive control buttons to access the instrument cluster and multimedia display located top-centre of the dashboard.

Similar to smartphone screens, said buttons respond to swiping, really intuitive to use. Point to note: You might over-swipe and miss the icon or item that you want initially, as the buttons are really sensitive.

One interesting feature to consider if you often find yourself stressed while driving is the Energising Comfort Control.

It combines climate control (including fragrance dispensing), seat (heat, ventilation, massage), lighting and musical mood (five songs are pre-stored in the programme) and configures them into six different wellness programmes with each one lasting 10 minutes when selected.

The latest Mercedes-Benz C200 sedan sports numerous changes, but the mild hybrid powertrain is most attention-grabbing, smaller yet as powerful as the 2-litre turbocharged unit it replaces with additional “boost” from the belt-driven starter alternator and 48-volt on-board power supply.

2019 mercedes-benz c 200 side and rearThe C-Class is covered by Mercedes-Benz’s three-year/100,000 kilometre warranty and customers can choose pre-paid servicing options or capped-rice maintenance with visits  every 12 months or 25,000km at cost $396 for the first year and $792.00 for the next two years.

Servicing is recommended at 25,000km/12-month intervals for regular C-Class cars.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C200 Specifications

  • Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol / mild hybrid RWD
  • Power: 135kW at 5800-6100rpm + 10kW
  • Torque: 280Nm at 3000-6100rpm + 160Nm
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
  • Fuel use: 6.4L/100km
  • Price: $63,400 (plus on-roads)