Mercedes-Benz has pretty much always managed to catch the eyes of premium car buyers with cars that manage to combine timeless elegance and understated design. Designed under the direction of Mercedes-Benz's former head of design, professor Peter Pfeiffer, the W204 C-Klasse represents a true return to the roots of this model.
Quite different than the generation which precedes it, the W204 is still very much recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz though. Despite being much more angular, the drag coefficient is even better than the already class-leading one the previous "C" had. On some of the "Blue Efficiency" models, it can have a Cd of no more than 0.25, which ties it with the most aerodynamically-efficient mass production car in the world. Coincidentally, or not, that car is the Mercedes E-Klasse Coupe. Talk about design efficiency.
The front end varies by equipment level, as Mercedes tried to use the design of the radiator grille as a way to distinguish between the three available trim levels: Avangarde, Elegance and Classic. Since we manage to get our hands on an Avantgarde model with the Blue Efficiency Badge, the front side of our test car is dominated by the grille-mounted and oversized Mercedes-Benz star surrounded by three horizontal louvres, while this mild "pre-facelift facelift" also includes two LED daylight driving lights instead of the fog lights.
The side view benefits from one of the best proportions seen in this class, while the addition of chrome strips all around the car doesn't take away from its elegance and/or sportiness. The 17-inch twin-spoke alloys could have been a little larger, to better fill in the wheel arches, but the compromise is just right even as it is.
The rear end is a bit odd and somewhat atypical for a Mercedes, but still full of tri-star recognizable bits, starting from the anti-dust shape of the taillights to the overall stance and the choice of chrome stripping. If you look closely, one of the reasons for the 0.26 drag coefficient our car had is the inclusion of small air outlets on the outside of the taillights.
These air outlets pump out air that's extracted from underneath the car at high speed in order to diminish the aerodynamic turbulence that's manifesting itself at the rear. Quite a well thought-out detail, if you ask us. On the whole, the C-Klasse is a pretty good-looking car, keeping the Mercedes-Benz timeless design tradition alive and spicing it up with some catchy new details.Continue reading
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