Despite having a somewhat old range of engines when it was first introduced in 2007, the C-Klasse has been constantly updated ever since, and the powerplant found on our test car was as modern as they get.
Even though it's using the "200" designation, the four-cylinder engine actually has a displacement of 1.8-liters. Sadly for Mercedes-Benz purists, but thankfully for the more fuel-conscious drivers, it is turbocharged instead of supercharged, while the "CGI" part is a trademarked way of telling us that a direct injection system has finally made its way on this little four-banger as well.
When we first heard that a turbo was responsible for the removal of the retro - and rather catchy – "Kompressor" badges, we immediately thought "turbo lag". Thankfully, this was not exactly the case, since the turbocharger itself is following the LPT (Low Pressure Turbocharger) trend and it's just a tad bit larger than the exhaust manifold's radius. Of course, there is some lag but it's not as bad as you might first think, especially since the automatic transmission is much better than its actual age might recommend you.
There are no less than 184 horsepower available on tap, while the 270 Nm (199.1 lb ft) of torque available at the same level from as low as 1800 rpm to 4600 rpm can actually make you think this is a much larger, normally-aspirated engine. Good stuff!
Oddly, our test car didn't have that "inert" steering feeling other Mercedes have, despite using a similar technology. The level of assistance is just right and it naturally becomes less assisted with the increase of speed. We suspect that the optional "Agility Control" packaged should make things even more interesting from this point of view.
As we mentioned before, the five-speed automatic transmission on our test model was pretty old, since it first appeared in the middle of the 1990s on the W140 S-Klasse. Despite this, the constant upgrade of its ECU and other modifications over the years have managed to keep it as fresh as ever. We would go as far as to say it's better than quite a large number of newer transmissions when it comes to both shift times, comfort and fuzzy logic. Continue reading