Mercedes C200 Coupe

A booster of sporting charm

"An abundance of AMG looks inside and out in the entry C-Class Coupe range."

"Good fortune never looked so good!" said Issam.

"The sharp-looking 2017 C-Class Coupe should do well for Mercedes-Benz."

If I look back just a few years ago, the Mercedes-Benz lineup did not look all that impressive. It felt for me that they were in a hibernation mode in terms of exterior design, interior and even drivability. But recently I can admit that Mercedes-Benz has the best lineup in terms of styling, handling and interior. They've even got a wide choice of models for all ages and tastes. The three-pointed star emblem company offers more prestige than ever!

Overflowing with safety and multimedia technology, the new C-Class Coupe is bigger yet lighter, tougher and softer than the outgoing model. Here I am in Beirut taking the C200 Coupe for a weekend drive.

Of course I took it out on highways and most importantly our beautiful country and mountain roads. How did it handle? If I want to compare it against its sibling the C-Class Sedan, I can confess that the steering feels better weighted and the amount of feedback getting to your hands is most of the time enough to inform you of the front wheels' whereabouts on the asphalt. But, If I want to compare it with its Bavarian rival, the 4 Series, it's challenging for the C-Class Coupe to defeat the BMW 4 Series in terms of precise handling, particularly when it comes to suspension conduct. The Audi A5 is a very close selection versus the C-Class Coupe. The A5 has a gorgeous interior too.

The suspension system on the C-Class Coupe shows enhancements when compared to the C-Class Sedan in the logic that body roll arrives far ahead and slighter. That way you get agreeable grip heights and a self-assured kick attribute when the road is full of twisty blind corners.

So all in all, I really enjoyed its driving and the changes in both its interior and exterior. The exterior is sleek to a point that your eyes can't get enough looking at it. The design cues give it a unique charm for a coupe. But let's face it, you are going to spend most of your time inside the car. That's why Mercedes-Benz gave us a beautifully crafted interior, which is pleasant. An 8.4-inch infotainment system is standard and has voice recognition, touchpad and console-mounted controls for the satellite navigation. A 13-speaker, 590-watt Burmester surround sound system provides plenty of quality audio. There's also Bluetooth streaming, USB, iPod and AUX.

So, the C-Class Coupe will be the vehicle in the average buyer's garage; it has the function for a daily driver and many others.

Verdict
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is the best choice versus its rivals as an entry model variant. It offers a more refined interior and exterior than the BMW 4 Series and a better price tag versus the Audi A5. Other competitors in that segment are also on your shortlist, but they fall into the second grade after the three German titans.

Pros: Classy looks stand out from the competition, unexpected value for money versus the C-Class Sedan, smart-looking cabin
Cons: Gearbox knob behind the steering wheel
Rivals: Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, Lexus RC, Infiniti Q60 Coupe, Cadillac ATS Coupe
one word: neat
4.5 stars

Specs
2.0L turbocharged, 184 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 300 Nm @ 1,200 - 4,000 rpm
RWD, 7G-TRONIC PLUS auto
0-100 km/h: 7.3 sec, top speed: 235 km/h, fuel consumption: 6 L/100 km
weight: 1,525 kg

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