Mercedes-Benz has facelifted its ever-popular and elegant C-Class (W205) Sedan. We drove it to discover if it’s still the business?

What’s new?

You’d certainly be forgiven for not immediately spotting the changes. The exterior features more minimal changes in terms of the whole package, however, those of you with a keen eye, will notice quite a lot of details which make-up this latest generation facelifted model. The grille features subtle revisions, while some tweaks to the bumpers, plus revised head- and tail lights all help reveal a facelifted C-Class.

It is also many details which you don’t see, all of which add up to what is an overall improved and refreshed package. Mercedes-Benz claims to have changed more than 6 000 parts, with a particular focus on electronics and making the C-Class that much closer in terms of safety, technology and driver-focused elements previously reserved for larger more executive cars within their stable.

From Pre-Safe systems to lane change assist and even a semi-autonomous driving assistant, this new C-Class is certainly smart and adds further driver assurance while on the roads. The optional 12.3-inch digital dashboard is worth considering because it brings the instrument very much up to date with the best systems on the market within this segment of vehicle and packs all the latest media sources and systems including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

An S-Class inspired steering wheel layout now features within the C-Class and this allows you to utilise modern touch-based trackpads on either side of the steering wheel for both central and driver instrument display-based media and information.

Elegant Driving Characteristics

All Mercedes-Benz C-Class derivatives now feature a new 9-speed (previously 7-speed) automatic transmission. The C180 is the entry point within the C-Class line-up and is powered by a 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine, with 115 kW and 250 Nm of torque.

Though gear-shifts from the 9-speed box can appear rapid at times, I found that the C-Class does a great job of offering-up what remains a very comfortable and elegant ride. Cushioning on bumps, yet firm enough to remain driver engaging, the C-Class now benefits from what is an overall improved ride. Variable drive modes allow for different optionable drive characteristics, however, the C-Class definitely favours comfort, something which can be felt in its steering feel.

Conclusion & SA Pricing

It has been with us for some time and remains at the forefront of luxury mid-size family sedan commuting. The C-Class now in its most updated format looks the part and performs well, easily holding its own.

With Audi nearing maturity within its A4 model lifecycle and BMW’s recent introducution of the new 3-Series, it’s a good job that Mercedes-Benz has given the C-Class many upgrades and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for its next-generation model.

Sedan Pricing (*Pricing from – at time of publish)

C180 – R612,415

The facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with a 6-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.

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