baby S Class.
Two years on and with a World Car of the Year title behind it, there is no question that Mercedes has found the right formula to take on the competition. Widely described as a ‘baby S-Class’, the W205 is further demonstration of Mercedes-Benz’s impressive return to form in building vehicles of absurdly good quality.
Recently, entrance to the C-Class owners’ club has been widened with the introduction of the C 180, a new entry-level model to the range. In this review, we find out if a lowered price tag has led to any compromise of the excellence which the W205 is now widely renowned for.
Engine: 1.6-litre, Inline-4 Longitudinal, Turbocharged Petrol Direct Injection
Power: 156hp @ 5,300rpm
Torque: 250Nm @ 1,200 – 4,000rpm
Transmission: 7-speed torque converter automatic with paddle shifters, RWD
Safety: 7 airbags, ABS, ESC, ISOFIX (rear), autonomous emergency braking.
Powering the C180 is Mercedes-Benz’s latest generation turbocharged petrol direct injection engine codenamed M274 in this particular application. We’ve recently encountered this engine in the A-Class, where it powers the A180 in a transverse installation and carries the M270 designation.
Oriented in a north-south direction for its duties in the C180, the 1.6-litre engine sends outputs of 156hp and 250Nm astern through Stuttgart’s in-house 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic transmission. Above it, the more familiar 2.0-litre member of the M274 family is available in 184hp, 211hp, and 245hp configurations powering the C 200, C 250, and C 300 respectively.