Mercedes has always had a way of letting their cars take the aesthetic high ground. Elegant and stylish, the C180amg appeal flows through muted and distilled lines commuting through to the raised bonnet, meeting towards the center of the grill. The dotted three-dimensional diamond grill encompassing the Mercedes logo brings a flair of sensitivity and analogue precision to the table. Modular black vented bumpers draw attention to the sporty and performance elements of the AMG.
Focussing on the arched rear, delicate vent slithers are located behind the 18″ Alloy wheels. Black rims with silver profiling arranged in a star formation centring the Mercedes logo, accentuates the tastefully simplistic combination of black and silver.
This test unit came with the AMG line, placing it on the ‘entry’ level performance spectrum in the c-class collection. With a 9-speed automatic transition to optimise fuel consumption it has the ability to push out a ratio of; 115kw and 250Nm. When you look at matters with a fine tooth comb there is suitable power to comfortably overtake on the highway, but the torque does take a moment before it kicks in and the suspension takes the uphill battle on our South African roads. This turbocharged 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder petrol engine reached an economically pleasant 6.8l/100km. For the hillsides and slopes it delivers a 9.2l/100km and in fine traffic season a 10.3l/100km.
Although the overall handling on the steering wheel is secure and steady. The transmission seems eager to shift up in gears, luckily it is easy and accessible enough to overtake through shifting down with the gear paddle. Comfort and upmarket points go to the steering wheel that has a micro touch controller giving you access to the infotainment and is perfectly reachable with a quick thumb swipe.
Further situated on the left of the drivers seat an electronic nob assisted with a palm rest accessing the multimedia is ultimately simplifying the ergonomics of the overall driving experience. The infotainment sitting upright and ready in a 12.3-inch dashboard is quite comprehensive and responsive with multiple features allowing fine control over the various elements that the c180amg has to offer.
Finally, if you are in the market for a stylish and aesthetically pleasing (exterior and interior) German engineered city car. You will be graced with a comfortable drive, good handling and power to go with it. This derivative is available at a 640k mark and this face lifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with a 6-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.
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