Mercedes C 250 T-Model: The T to C

When the new C-Class made its debut last spring, there was a stir. Design and interior quality were so reminiscent of higher vehicle segments that there was immediate talk of a "small S-Class". In autumn, the Swabians pushed the station wagon, which is particularly important for Germany. While for frequent travelers, of course, the diesels are the first choice, we chose from the point of view of a normal private driver and quickly came to the C 250 as a variant adequately motorized with 155 kW / 211 PS.

With the T-model, it is like many mid-range station wagons, they usually look a little better than their limousine sisters. But since the C-Class as a four-door visually very successful, one would have to say in this case: Combined this works Mercedes sportier, while the sedan is more reserved, but by no means inconspicuous. Both have in common, of course, the front body part, with the long bonnet and the recessed cockpit, which wonderfully underlines the dynamics of the model.

The slightly sloping roof line leads to a beautiful rear part of the estate, in which the horizontal arrangement of the lights, in particular, provides a rich look compared to the saloon. In short, there is not much to complain about on the exterior of the station wagon. Especially as it does not exaggerate Mercedes with the modernity, so that one may assume a certain optical longevity even with this model.

Inside, the T-driver expects the cockpit known from the sedan, currently the highest quality in the middle class. Also on board are the typical Mercedes mannerisms such as the operation of the windscreen wipers on the left steering column. The seven-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on this engine, is controlled via the right. The workmanship is absolutely great, the seats are simply first class and make a significant contribution to the long-distance suitability of the vehicle.

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So far, so (almost) perfect. First, but relatively minor points of criticism come up while driving. As we have mentioned many times before: the seven-speed automatic is good, but not top or as good as the eight-speed from BMW. That is why sooner or later the C-Class will be converted to the new nine-speed automatic. However, the current gearbox is not so much worse than that one would have to wait for it.

Driving with a C 250 sounds great. However, hidden in times of downsizing behind "only" a 2,0-liter gasoline engine, but also as usual today with turbo support, so that lush 211 PS are available. Of course, more important is the torque, here the engine 350 Newtonmeter, which are available practically over the entire, normally used speed range from just above idle to 4.000 revolutions.

The engine is fun, but when you “kick” it seems a bit strained. The lack of displacement is most noticeable here. Of course, one should - make no illusions to consumption - in a petrol engine much less than in a diesel. We were so dissatisfied with just over eight liters, with a relatively high proportion of city traffic, but ultimately not at all.

It has been known for many years that Mercedes Kombi can. With a maximum loading volume of 1.510 liters when the rear seats are folded down, the C-Class is no wonder in terms of space. But honestly, who needs more in everyday life? And for a move or the "shopping at Ikea", which is often stressed in such contexts, it is probably not a C-Class that takes a rental car. Or borrow the old E-Class station wagon from your best friend - it will fit a lot more.

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No, the C-Class can pick up cargo, but you will rarely find it packed to the roof. Because even in the normal configuration, after all, almost 500 liters of cargo volume available, even easier to load and unload than it would be the case with the same size trunk of a sedan.

No, the strengths of the C-Class are the typical strengths of the Stern brand. Solid workmanship, a comfortable chassis with just such seats and more than enough space for a car of this size. New to the new Mercedes middle class is the great design and an interior that - tastefully furnished - actually looks like it comes from a higher class. An E-Class, on the other hand, looks (still) really old.

The C-Class with this engine is available from 42.600 Euro, the Exclusive version we drive from 45.577 Euro. Needless to say that not everything, but a lot of what is really fun - for example, the great head-up display - surcharge. 60.000 Euro and more are quickly reached if you do not exercise restraint when ticking the options. In this respect too, the C 250 Estate is a real Mercedes.

Author: Peter Eck / SP-X

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