Thanks to its low whole life costs, practicality and stylish good looks, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been given the Fleet Car of the Year title at this year’s Association of Fleet Car Operator’s (ACFO) awards.
Rob East, Head of Fleet, Mercedes-Benz Cars UK says: “The C-Class is one of our top selling fleet models – 50% of C-Class sales this year have been to fleet buyers. As this award is chosen by customers driving our cars, it’s a real testament to the strength of our product.”
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class At A Glance
The C-Class is available in four different body styles (saloon, estate, coupé, cabriolet). It is technically advanced, aerodynamically efficient and boasts lightweight aluminium construction, underpinned by class-leading levels of sophisticated safety, connectivity and convenience features. The extensive model range is powered by EU6-compliant turbo-charged petrol and diesel engines with six-speed manual or 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed automatic transmissions; there are two ultra-efficient petrol and diesel hybrid models that top the emissions and economy charts, and drivers have the choice of luxurious SE, engaging Sport or dynamic AMG Line trims.
SE model line
SE models are generously equipped with the following standard equipment; 16-inch alloy wheels; Artico leather; Audio 20 sound system with seven-inch colour display and DAB digital radio; Touchpad with multi-touch control; Agility Control comfort suspension; halogen headlamps with LED daytime running lights; reversing camera; Collision Prevention Assist; pre-wiring for Garmin® Map Pilot navigation system; rain-sensing wipers; Speedtronic cruise control; tyre pressure monitoring system; three-spoke steering wheel; Agility Select; Direct-Steer with speed sensitive steering; Media Interface; Storage Package including front cup holders.
Sport model line
In addition, Sport models are equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels; sports seats in Artico leather with brushed aluminium interior trim and contrast stitching; exterior chrome trim; heated front seats; Interior Lighting Package; LED High Performance headlights; lowered comfort suspension; Mirror Package; Parktronic with Active Park Assist; and split-folding rear seats.
This adds 18-inch AMG alloy wheels; AMG bodystyling and floor mats; AMG Line contrast stitching; AMG Sports pedals; AMG sports seats in Artico leather; AMG sports steering wheel; Artico leather upper dashboard with contrast stitching; chrome splitter; Sports Direct-Steer system with speed-sensitive steering; Sports suspension; gearshift paddles when fitted with automatic transmission.
The 1,991 cc petrol engine that powers the C 200 features turbo-charging, BlueDIRECT efficiency technology – first introduced into production by Mercedes-Benz – and third-generation direct injection with electronically-controlled spray-guided combustion. ECO stop/start is fitted as standard, and the engine surpasses stringent EU6 emission levels.
The diesel engines fitted to the new C-Class – a 1,598 cc unit in the C 200 d and a 2,143 cc unit in the C 220 d, C 250 d and C 300 h – all feature turbo-charged induction and third-generation common-rail technology with the rail pressure increased to 1,800 bar. Refinement-enhancing features include two Lanchester balancer shafts, markedly longer connecting rods both help reduce friction and a dual-mass flywheel. ECO stop/start is fitted as standard as is SCR selective catalytic reduction, helping the engines exceed stringent EU6 emission levels.
Hybrid technology – diesel
The C 300 h is powered by a EU6-compliant 2,143 cc biturbo diesel engine that works hand-in-glove with an electric engine to drive the rear wheels through a recalibrated 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed automatic transmission. Despite dynamic 150 mph performance, all SE, Sport and AMG Line models sit on or below the 100 g/km CO2 barrier, and return 78.5 mpg on the combined cycle.
Hybrid technology – petrol
The C 350 e plug-in hybrid features the same advanced plug-in hybrid technology as the award-winning new S-Class. Powered by a 1,991 cc turbo-charged petrol engine and a powerful electric motor for a total system output of 279 hp and torque of 600 Nm, the C 350 e has a pure-electric range of 19 miles and posts the equivalent of 134.5 mpg and CO2 emissions of 48 g/km on the combined economy run. Performance figures are equally impressive – the C 350 e will accelerate to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds and posts a 155 mph electronically limited top speed. Its high-voltage lithium-ion battery has a total capacity of 6.2 kWh, and can be fully charged in 1 hour 45 minutes at a wall box.
Depending on the output ratings, there are two new six-speed manual transmissions for the four-cylinder engines with enhanced ease of shifting coupled with increased shifting precision. Automatic gear shifting is provided by the 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed automatic transmission, which has seen further development to enhance its efficiency and responsiveness.
Full Of Surprises
The new C-Class is the first vehicle in its segment that can be fitted with AirMATIC air suspension on both the front and rear axles. AirMATIC also features all-round self-levelling for optimum ride comfort even when loaded.
The new C-Class is also the only vehicle in the segment to offer tunnel detection via satellite navigation to start air recirculation automatically when entering a tunnel, and stopping it once the vehicle emerges from the tunnel.
The navigation system is also able to provide more accurate real-time information when it receives its traffic data via online ‘Live Traffic Information’ service.