In order to keep up with luxury cars like Audi and BMW, the Mercedes Benz C-Class received a much needed mid-life facelift last year, even featuring a BS-VI compliant diesel engine. Is this enough to buy the 2018 Mercedes Benz C 220d in 2019?
A subtle upgrade contributed to a bolder and more aggressive look, while retaining its luxury feel. The C-Class was offered in two diesel options: 194 hp engine on the C 220d variant, and the 245 hp on the C 300d. The C 220d replaced the C 250d in the C-Class line-up. The face is a head-turner with a bolder front grille, side skirts, and most importantly, updated headlamps. The front grille has more chrome and the front bumper gets larger air intakes.
On the inside, the C-Class gets a classy touch of wood, adding heritage to the futuristic dashboard and the round AC vents get a chrome metal finish and an analogue clock placed below the AC control.
The 10.25-inch infotainment system is standard on both the variants, but did Mercedes-Benz forget to include a touchscreen? If this is your first Mercedes, the dial would take getting used to. However, once you get familiar with it, the screen operations become easy. Apple Car Play and Android Auto smartphone support is standard, which adds to the ease of driving. The resolution is crisp and features in-built navigation. The steering mounted controls make it easy to operate the instrument cluster, and there are metallic control buttons along with dual touchpads similiar to those on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. A new screen in the centre of the instrument panel looks cool and resembles the screen of a smartphone. In terms of connectivity and display, it is safe to say that the new C-Class is currently the best in its segment.
The front seats on the C-Class are comfortable and provide adequate lumbar support, and have a memory function. The top variant even has bolster adjustments. The rear seats offer good legroom, but the lack of headroom can make tall people uncomfortable, particularly on long drives. The rear AC vents, arm-rest with cup holders make the environment cosy and comfortable, and the cabin is well insulated.
Mated to a 9G-Tronic gearbox, the 2.0l diesel engine gives out 245 hp of power and 500 Nm of torque. The suspension is firm even when set to comfort mode. As a result, at low speeds, you can feel a bit of body roll, but pick up speed and you'll have an invisible carpet laid out in front of you.
Now the question: is the Mercedes Benz C 220d worth buying in 2019? We say yes because it's at par with others in the luxury segment. Add to it, LED headlamps (awesome in both looks and practicality), 360 camera, and other goodies and you have a complete package. The only thing lacking is the touchscreen and concealed space for the spare tyre (which takes up most of the space in the boot). Otherwise, it's a great package and a great buy for 2019.