Mercedes-Benz new C-Class gets S-Class cabin
23rd FEB 2021
WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE ALL-NEW C-CLASS AT MSL MERCEDES-BENZ DEALERSHIPS, NEIL BRISCOE FROM THE IRISH TIMES REVIEWED THE ALL-NEW C-CLASS. FIND OUT WHAT HE HAD TO SAY.
"Shrunken E-Class or scaled-up A-Class saloon? That appears to have been the styling order of the day at Mercedes HQ when the new C-Class, which goes on sale here in September, was cooked up.
While it might be thought that the world has gone SUV-crazy, the fact is that with this new C-Class, alongside the E-Class, A-Class salon, and CLA four-door coupe, Mercedes now offers four four-door saloons that are visually very similar, and not a million miles apart in terms of price, either.
Where the C-Class leapfrogs ahead is in its cabin. Whereas we’ve become familiar with the insides of the A, CLA, and E - with their ‘digital plank’ MBUX electronic dashboards - the C takes inspiration from the just-launched S-Class, and gets an entirely new flavour of Mercedes interior design.
Once again, it’s a design dominated by screens, but quite apart from the free-standing digital instrument panel in front of the driver (the previous C-Class placed its digital screens in traditional round instrument binnacles) there’s the matter of the reclining iPad in the middle of the dash.
That touchscreen features the latest MBUX operating software (including the jaunty ‘Hey, Mercedes’ digital voice assistant) and can be customised both in terms of layout, and with the same Discreet, Sporty, and Classic colour schemes as the main instruments."