Road Test Review: Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG Line Premium Plus
Independent review by Mike Torpey
- Top-level technology
- Sleek design
- Powerful performance
- Comfortable interior
Determined to keep its global bestseller, the C-Class compact executive, at the top of the pile, Mercedes-Benz have added various high-tech features from its flagship S-Class to this C-Class model.
It is instantly noticeable, too. From the moment you step inside the cabin of the revised C-Class saloon, the comfort, character, design and tech jump out at you.
Engine and Performance
While there is a choice of petrol and diesel engines along with a petrol plug-in hybrid, our tested C-Class 300d featured the higher-powered 265bhp diesel and, like everything in the latest range, included a 48V mild hybrid system.
It features an energy recovery function plus the ability to glide with the engine switched off to boost efficiency, while also adding 20bhp to the overall output.
The upshot is a car that is quick, dynamically superior, agile and exhilarating to drive, in no small part due to its rear-axle steering which makes the C-Class feel very stable.
The 300d has an official combined fuel consumption figure of 53.3mpg and our own return of 38.4mpg over 230 miles was perhaps hampered by being recorded in principally urban conditions.
Design and Practicality
Quality is the keyword and the soft leather upholstery of our range-topping AMG Line Premium Plus variant boasted a light caramel/orange and charcoal colour scheme that dominates the interior and looks really effective, as well as being multi-adjustable and attractive.
As for interior space, there is more elbow room both front and back plus slightly more headroom – without affecting the swooping style of the car – and up to 35mm more knee room in the rear.
It is quite tight for three across the back, and the transmission tunnel does not help the centre rear passenger. That said, the middle position may look firm and perched, but it is actually quite accommodating.
But for the driver and front seat passenger, it is a classy and cool-looking environment with a stylish carbon-effect lower dash with that huge touchscreen dominating the space.
Five air vents, three in a row at the centre and one at either side, grace the upper dash area with its supple texture and orange stitching, while the chunky flat-bottomed steering wheel is also leather covered.
Equipment and Technology
Central to everything though is the latest generation of MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience – fresh from the S-Class and more digital and smart than ever.
Complete with a high resolution 11.9-inch central media display, 12.3-inch digital driver display and Hey Mercedes voice-activated assistant, the set-up is pin-sharp, easy to use and has customised Classic, Sport or Discreet screen styles.
Even the entry grade C 200 Sport saloon includes features like the MBUX system, 17-inch alloys, LED headlights with adaptive high beam assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot alert, a parking package, reversing camera, heated front seats and wire smartphone charging.
Move to AMG Line and above which is what we tested, and the wheels get bigger, there is privacy glass, twin tailpipes, ambient lighting, lit door sills, a 360-degree camera, a head-up display and plenty more. All models also have a 9-speed 9G-Tronic auto transmission.
Our Mercedes-Benz C-Class in AMG Line Premium Plus trim was a joy to drive, offering such an incredible performance and an abundance of technology and kit to enjoy.
Despite it not being as spacious in the rear as other Mercedes-Benz models, the attractive design of this compact executive, coupled with the performance that it offers, makes the C-Class AMG Line Premium Plus the perfect model for working professionals.