Mercedes C 250d review, test drive

    The Mercedes-Benz C-class gets a more powerful diesel engine version with a nine-speed gearbox. Here’s what we thought about it.

    Published on Apr 07, 2016 02:03:00 PM


    Model : C-Class

    What is it?

    The version of the Mercedes-Benz C-class pictured here may look no different from the popular C 220d, but the C 250d badge on its boot actually says quite a lot about it. And that is that this is the more powerful diesel version of the C-class. Yes, it’s powered by the same 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine as the 220d, but thanks to the use of twin turbos here, the power and torque figures are a strong 204hp and 500Nm, respectively. The 220d, for reference, makes 170hp and 400Nm. The 250d is also the first in the C-class range  to use Merc’s latest 9G-Tronic nine-speed gearbox.

    In terms of equipment, the C 250d sees the inclusion of adaptive lighting for its LED headlamps, the addition of ambient lighting for the cabin and an automatic park assist, over and above all that the C 220d Avantagarde comes with. In that sense, the C 250d is well equipped with luxury essentials such as LED lights, powered seats, a panoramic sunroof, paddle shifters, satellite navigation and a reverse camera. Also on the list are selectable drive modes that alter engine, gearbox and steering characteristics. Like all new Mercs, the C 250d too comes with MB Apps that allows you to browse the internet and tune into internet radio via the central screen; just wish the system was easier to feed commands into. Also, we are still no fans of the tablet-like screen for the infotainment system that seems stuck on to the centre console.

    This apart, the C-class cabin still wows for the luxury it offers. Right from the grain of the wood to the power window switches, everything looks and feels expensive. The C-class really is far ahead of current rivals on this front. It’s safe to assume anyone opting for the C 250d will take to driving duties often, and this lot will really appreciate the comfort of the front seats. The seats are nice and supportive and you can extend the cushioning on the seat base too. On the flip side, the rear seat squab feels a touch short and headroom in the back isn’t exceptional either. There is, however, a good deal of legroom on offer. 

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