Paying for something good normally involves paying large sums of money, and otherwise for something that only fulfil a simple requirement. Unlike simpler products such as nail clippers or cheese graters, cars are a lot more complex and costly to produce, which many compromises have to be made in order to make a car affordably priced. If you are a perfectionist with high standards and the financing to back it up, going straight for the crème de la crème is a sensible thing to do.
If you earn five digits or more a month, owning a Mercedes-Benz is a huge milestone and a clear indication that you have made it big in life driving in luxury, comfort and safety with the lifestyle that comes with it. Much like its bigger siblings, the C-Class is no exceptions.
Apart from the regular W205 C 180 and C 200 Avantgarde and Exclusive lines, the sporty Mercedes-Benz C 250 AMG comes with the AMG Line option pack comprising AMG front apron with distinctively sporty air intakes with chrome trim, AMG side sill panels and AMG diffuser-look rear apron with insert in body colour.
The C 250 AMG includes black open-pore that looks leagues better than the glossy lacquered veneer normally found in junior luxury saloons. Keeping the AMG performance vibe is a flat-bottom steering wheel, floor mats and aluminium pedals for that street performance cred.
The ARTICO seats inside are miles different than the vinyl used in most regular cars. ARTICO literally stand for artificial cow and it feels better than actual leather! The material is soft to the touch and plush to sit on and surprisingly much more robust than natural leather, which most current Mercedes-Benz owners can attest to ARTICO’s durability and ease of maintenance.
Tall individuals are unlikely to moan about a shortage of room in the front of the C-Class. There’s an enormous amount of legroom and plenty of headroom – even equipped with the optional panoramic glass roof. There are wide storage pockets in both doors, along with a decent-sized covered area at the bottom of the dashboard with removable cup holders and a cubby beneath the central armrest.
Even seriously long-legged drivers should have no problem getting comfortable behind the wheel of the Mercedes C-Class. Limitless driving positions are achievable to suit almost anyone who holds a valid drivers’ licence, be it small framed or large. They are very comfortable to sit in even on long journeys.
The rear passengers can bask in the C-Class’ generous head and legroom with similar comfort levels enjoyed by the front occupants. Storage space is decent enough, with a relatively generous pocket in either door and map pockets on the back of the front seats.
Open the rear boot and you’ll find the C-Class’ 480-litre boot space, which is on par with that in a 3 Series. In everyday terms that means there’s space for a large set of golf clubs or the weekly shopping. If you do need more space, the rear sears can be folded down flush when dropped, giving a flat load bay.
The control buttons located on the electrically powered steering wheel are quite large and chunky; not a bad thing because it’s much harder to miss when most of your focus is on the road ahead, be it hunting for your favourite song, setting up the cruise control or answering your phone calls via Bluetooth connectivity.
Infotainment wise, the C 250 AMG as tested comes with a seven-inch Audio 20 CD multifunction touch screen display with navigation. The colour screen mounted nice and high up on the dashboard, controlled by a dial and touchpad positioned between the front seats. Most of the time, though, you’re better off sticking with just the dial, because it’s quicker and easier to use on the move. It also displays the reverse camera located at the rear of the car with guidelines that assists you when reverse parking into tight spots.
The C 250 AMG comes fitted with the optional Burmester 13 high-performance speakers with 9-channel DSP amplifier distributes its 590 W output across the speaker system. The woofers are built into the front of the car body instead of the doors, which uses the driver and passenger footwells as acoustic horns to boost sound pressure.
The Burmester system is as faithful as it gets. Majority of in-car systems tested tend to require dialling down of the bass, but with this set-up you might actually feel a tweak higher is needed. Spin Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons: Spring 1 and the Burmester system replicates the track’s rich eight violin texture with good level of detail throughout, and it’s expressive and smooth at the top end.
Motive force comes from an M 274 DE 20 AL two-litre turbocharged petrol engine making a stout power output of 211hp at 5,500 rpm with a maximum torque output of 350Nm available from 1,200 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The two-litre lump is coupled with a nine-speed automatic gearbox which you can manually switch gears via paddle shifters.
I am happy to report that the nine-speed automatic gearbox shifts quick and seamless at the lower end of the rev range. As tested, the C 250 AMG is able to achieve a frugal 5.5 L/100km highway, 8.6 L/100km urban and 7.4 L/100km combined in Eco mode.
Be it cruising on highways, driving over speed bumps and carving through the twisty turns of Ulu Yam, the C 250 AMG handles with poise and rides comfortably over bumps and ruts, albeit a little on the stiff end from its lowered sports suspension. Roll and pitch is not much of an issue as the C-Class is able hold its own weight in place, enabling the driver to exploit the 18-inch Bridgestone Potenza S001 high performance tyres. The brakes in most Mercedes-Benz cars are awesome and the C 250 AMG is no exception as they provide good feel and plenty of modulation allowing fine brake adjustments.
To sum things up, the Mercedes-Benz C 250 AMG is a practical and comfortable junior luxury sedan with a grain of sportiness. The 2.0-litre engine does more for less in providing good amounts of power to lug four adults around in comfort on long distances or to let loose over the twisty ribbon of road. The C 250 AMG is a truly comfortable, premium daily driver that can adapt to whatever the driver throws at it.
+ Timeless looks
+ Practical upmarket interior
+ Smooth and powerful engine
+ Frugal fuel consumption
Mercedes-Benz C 250 AMG
Price Msia: RM287,888 OTR W/O Insurance
Engine: 1,991cc in-line four cylinder
Power: 211 hp
Torque: 350 Nm
Fuel Economy: 5.5 l/100km (Tested)
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic transmission