Mercedes C200 BlueTec review

27 Mar, 2014 12:45pm Luke Madden

Mercedes C200 BlueTec has highest economy and lowest emissions in the range

Verdict

4
Without an auto box or air-suspension, the Mercedes C200 BlueTec doesn’t have the wow factor of other models we’ve driven. Still, you could spend £895 to add air-suspension to this C200 and it would still probably cost less than a C220 BlueTEC, while also boasting higher economy and lower emissions – perfect for company car buyers.

If you want to buy a diesel Mercedes C-Class now you’ve only got the choice of the C220 or C250. However, wait until September and you’ll be able to order this Mercedes C200 BlueTEC, boasting emissions of just 99g/km.

Unlike the current 2.1-litre diesels, this uses a 1.6 engine loosely related to a unit used in many Renault models. In terms of refinement it sounds a little smoother than the 2.1 diesels, but because it’s slightly down on power you end up working it harder, which tends to cancel out the extra refinement.

Even though there are no official performance figures yet, expect a 0-62mph time of around nine seconds, compared with 7.7 for the C220.

The C200 BlueTec we tested was about as basic as a C-Class can get, with no automatic transmission or air-suspension fitted. With a slightly slack shift action and standard springs that feel a bit too soft through bends, this car doesn’t feel as premium as the high-spec models we’ve driven previously – despite the excellent cabin. If you can stretch to it, the £895 air-suspension is well worth fitting.

We’re expecting prices to kick off from around £28,500 which, when combined with the low CO2 emissions, will make this one of the most company car-friendly models in the range.

Disqus - noscript

What's the manual like on this car? Is the 200CDI fast enough or a little sluggish? Sometimes I wish you could have this short and easy read for most readers, but with a more detailed version for those who want the specifics. The 200 CDI seems interesting, but it wasn't explicit one way or another if this was a good enough engine. What about this or the 180 petrol? (which I've driven, and it's a very good engine)

About 28k for a 1.6 diesel that's not big on power (autoexpress's words) & the engine isn't even Mercedes ? infact it isn't even from a prestige brand.......thanks but no thanks

The new Mercedes C-class looks great from both inside and outside. Sorry for the engine sharing with Dacia.

I've driven a 7 seater Qashqai with the same 1.6 diesel engine and was very suprised at how well it performed. Very smooth and refined and felt like a 2.0 litre

Key specs

  • Price: £28,500 (est)
  • Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl turbodiesel
  • Power: 134bhp
  • Transmission: 6-spd manual, rwd
  • 0-62mph: 9 seconds (est)
  • Top speed: 130mph
  • Economy/CO2: 74.3mpg/99g/km
  • On sale: September 2014
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