2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
There are 4 user reviews for the C250 Coupe trim shown below
- Styling, Handling, Comfort, Ergonomics
- Not as fuel efficient as the 2013 BMW 3 Series 4 cyl.
Purchased As New
Compared to the non sport package plus C250 coupe, the C250 Sport Coupe has more direct and responsive steering, more responsive and flatter handling on curves and turns, a throatier and more entertaining but not intrusive exhaust note, sportier appearance, better gripping seats, better throttle response and acceleration, and a quicker shifting transmission which seems to always intuitively find the right gear and to always provide the car with torque for quick acceleration. The standard C250’s transmission has a hard time finding the right gear since it is primarily designed for improved mileage. Both versions of the C250 (Sport with the AMG Sport Plus Package or without it) have a sedate default driving mode designated as the E (Economy) mode. On both versions of the C250, the cars have distinctly improved performance characteristics when the S (Sport mode) is selected. Having said that, the AMG Sport Package Plus remedies any economy transmission gearing that plagues the non AMG Sport Package Plus C250 in favor of performance gearing on the part of the transmission for faster shifting with more torque and improved performance. Hence, if performance is important, I strongly suggest the AMG Sport Package Plus driven almost always in the Sport mode with the exception of perhaps highway driving on cruise control. The standard C250 has a quieter and unentertaining exhaust note and slightly less tire noise if fitted with the non Pirelli tires. In summary, AMG has provided seats that are even more comfortable than the C63 seats, a nice modification of the exterior and sportier interior, and modifications that that in my opinion nullify all the negative comments made by automotive journalists about performance issues with the standard C250 coupe. Black is the only interior color option available with the AMG Sport Package Plus which also comes with deselectable Designo red seat belts. Everyone I’ve spoke to who has had a chance to see the red seat belts loves them but I know if you’re conservative, you do have the option on a special order to deselect the red seat belts in favor of black ones.
So, in case you’re wondering, what else did I test drive and how does this car compared to my modified BMW and the 3 series?
I test drove the Cadillac’s ATS, CTS, and XTS models, the Volvo S60 T5, Buick Verano Turbo, Buick Regal GS Turbo, Honda’s Accord 4 cyl. and V6 4-door and 2 door coupes, Toyota’s Avalon and Camry, the top of the line Ford Taurus, Mazda 6, VW’s Jettas, 4 cyl. Passat, and CC, the Subaru Legacy 4 cyl. and BRZ and it’s Scion twin, Ford Mustangs, Chevy Camaros, Audi A4 & A5, Hyundai Azera, Infiniti’s G, the Lexus ISC 250 and 350 coupes, the Jaguar XF 6 cyl., Porsche Panamera, 2012 911, 2012 Cayman and the new Boxter, Mercedes E class coupe and convertible, and the base 4 cyl. BMW 1, 3, and 5 series.
I felt the 2013 Mercedes C250 Coupe with the AMG Sport Package Plus had the best overall balance of style, functionality, features, comfort, and driving experience (excellent Harmon Kardon Logic 7 sound system by the way) for the lease dollar. Here is a link to a professional revies of the 2013 C250 Sport Coupe: http://www.carshowroom.com.au/newcars/reviews/3673/Mercedes_Benz_C_250_Sport_Coupe_Review_and_Road_Test
I enjoy the driving experience, luxurious interior, and handling, better than the base level 3 series which I’ve driven quite a bit. The 3 series 4 cyl. is faster than the Benz and gets better fuel mileage.
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