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Mercedes C200 at Rs 28.44 lakh!

Last updated on: February 18, 2011 14:27 IST

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Green and clean fuels seem to be the mantra these days. Bio-fuels, hybrids and electric cars are what car manufacturers are leaning towards.

The development costs of these technologies are high and the impact of this directly impacts customers.

Mercedes-Benz too believes in saving our blue planet (as earth appears when viewed from the space) and recently we saw their BlueEfficiency technology being used in their new cars (Yes, BlueEfficiency won the CarWale Green initiative award).

We first saw it on the E350 CDI, and now even the new C200 CGI has been badged with the BlueEfficiency tag.

The BlueEfficiency cars have undergone changes in their aerodynamic design, powertrains and have made use of lighter construction materials in some cases.

The C200 CGI hasn't undergone any cosmetic changes on its exteriors and interiors.

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Image: Mercedes C200 is an environment-friendly car

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The car comes with the same wide chrome horizontal slats on the front grille (more spaced on the Avantgarde trim with the large central star), sculpted bone line and flared wheel arches.

The C-Class had scored a maximum of 5-stars in the EuroNCAP rating, in which the saloon scored these 5-stars in adult occupant protection.  The interiors haven't changed either.

We still miss the Harmon/Kardon Logic 7 music system and to our dismay, the rear seat space (for tall people) is a bit cramped, the left hand side mirror is too small and we also missed the USB port in the sedan.

The interiors are well insulated from the outside resulting in barely any sound intruding into the cabin (at speeds in excess of 120kph there is some wind noise) and you don't even feel speed in the car.

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Image: Insulation blocks nearly all outside noise

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Mercedes-Benz launched the C-Class with a new engine and badged it as the C200 CGI Blue Efficiency. This sedan replaced the old C200 Kompressor, which is basically a 1.8-litre petrol engine (code name: M271) with supercharger.

Now, the new C200 CGI comes with the same 1.8-litre engine block (new code name: M271 Evo) and now has direct injection with spray-guided combustion and a turbocharger.

This new valvetrain has piezo-injectors, which help to deliver multiple injections during a power stroke resulting in enhanced performance and the intake manifold can even supply excess air while cruising for improved fuel efficiency.

This 4-cylinder is placed longitudinally in the engine bay powering the rear wheels through the five-speed automatic transmission, the only other Mercedes-Benz available with a five-speed automatic transmission is the E250 CDI (other automatic variants have the new 7G-Tronic).

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Image: This car has replaced the old Kompressor

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This engine churns out 186bhp of power at 5600rpm and produces a maximum torque of 285Nm between 2400 and 4000rpm.

The engine is responsive and there is no turbo lag thanks to the low pressure turbocharger, which makes driving easy in the city. The NVH levels are very low and the engine is highly refined.

In our acceleration run, the C200 CGI galloped to 100kph in 8.7 seconds and completed the quarter mile in 16.3seconds, which is indeed an impressive figure.

If you're under the impression that the transmission design is old, then you're completely mistaken.

Depress the throttle and transmission downshifts without much of a lag. This transmission has powered many Mercedes-Benz cars for a long time.

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Image: C200 gallops to 100kph in 8.7 seconds

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During our in-gear test, the C200 CGI clocked the 30-50kph in 2.9 seconds and 50-70kph run in 2.9 seconds (both in kickdown).

Mercedes-Benz has done phenomenal engineering work on its new engine. This is one of the most efficient 1.8-litre petrol we have come across.

The saloon returned an overall figure of 10.6kpl with a mix of highway and city driving. We achieved a best figure of 14.4kpl, which was more of a highway run and since our performance testing is basically only pedal to metal driving, we got a figure of 8.2km to a litre.

The C200CGI like any other Mercedes-Benz has a smooth and composed ride at both low and high speeds.

The seats are very comfortable unfortunately the front row seats aren't completely electric (we had a similar complaint when we drove the E-Coupe). The lumbar support is adjustable manually.

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Image: This is one of the most efficient 1.8-litre petrol cars

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The C200 CGI is a good handler and the C-Class comes with Agility Control suspension, which adjusts the shock absorbers according to driving conditions and driving mode.

The Agility Control speed sensitive steering feels very artificial, however, the car takes up most of the bends well at good speeds.

The C-Class comes with either 16" or 17" wheels. The C250 CDI and C250 come with 17-inch tyres, while the C200 CGI is equipped with 205/55/R16 tyres.

Our test car ran on Dunlop Sport 01 tyres, which gripped well on dry as well as on wet surfaces, however, there was some tyre roar on concrete roads.

The brakes on the C200 CGI were good and they bite progressively. The brake pedal felt a bit soggy, but the brakes did their job.

In our brake test, the C200 CGI covered 32.2m from a speed of 80kph to come to a complete standstill.

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Image: Brakes are good and bite progressively

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The Mercedes-Class C200 CGI BlueEfficiency costs Rs 28.44lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), which is a little expensive considering its overall features, but let us not forget that this is also your passport into the elite Three-Pointed Star club.

The C200 CGI is the most basic Mercedes-Benz sold in India. It is a perfect car for those wanting it merely to enhance their status in society.

In India, Mercedes-Benz is considered to one of the biggest luxury car makers and has a better resale value than most in its category.

If a chauffer drives you to work during the day and you are a boy racer by night, this is undoubtedly the Mercedes for you at this price tag.


Image: C200 CGI is the most basic Mercedes sold in India

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