The new Mercedes-Benz EQC will have its official market launch in Ireland in October

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC First Drive Review

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC will have its official market launch in Ireland in October
The new Mercedes-Benz EQC will have its official market launch in Ireland in October

I travelled to Stuttgart, Germany, to drive the new Mercedes-Benz EQC. The EQC is a significant new model for the brand because it’s Mercedes’ first all-electric model to be brought to market. The new SUV will go on sale in Ireland in the region of €90,000, with an official launch planned for October.

Styling

The EQC is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC, however classic Mercedes-Benz design has been given a fresh twist for this pioneering new electric model. This is a large and imposing car in the metal with an extended roofline and low waistline placing it visually between a conventional SUV and an SUV Coupé. A striking feature at the front is the large black-panel surface enclosing the LED headlamps and grille bearing the three-pointed star motif and bordered at the top by an illuminated optical fibre. The horizontal LED light bar at the rear also distinguishes this new model.

Interior

Inside, the EQC has a very conventional Mercedes-Benz interior that means that all the equipment, screens and controls will be familiar to any owners of the current generation of Mercedes’ models. Material quality is high and some new trim elements include rose gold accents on the air vents and a ribbed edge on the instrument panel. The MBUX multimedia system comes as standard and has ‘Hey Mercedes’ driver assist and command features. EQC-specific MBUX functions include display of range, charge status and energy flow.

Practicality

The EQC is a mid-size SUV with seating for five. The use of the GLC platform rather than a bespoke EV platform means that there have been some compromises to interior space including a large transmission tunnel in the rear. Still, two adults will be comfortable back here. The boot has a decent 500 litre capacity and an electrically opening tailgate of course! The EQC can tow up to 1800 kgs.

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz EQC
The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz EQC

Powertrain

The EQC has an 80 kWh battery and there are two electric motors mounted at each axle, front and rear. Together they generate 402 hp and a massive 765 Nm of torque! The WLTP range is rated between 374 and 417 km. The EQC is suitable for AC charging at home or using faster DC charging on the public charging networking using the CCS connector. According to Mercedes-Benz, a fast charge can increase battery power from 10 to 80 percent in just 40 minutes.

On the road

The EQC has a permanent all wheel drive system and selectable driving modes also feature. Battery recuperation is also possible using gearshift paddles located behind the steering wheel. On the road, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is powerful and extremely refined. Acceleration between 0 and 100 km/h is a brisk 5.1 seconds, while the EV transmission is effortless and smooth. Steering is fluid and intuitive and despite its size and weight, the EQC handled our twisty test route with ease.

Equipment

Market launch will take place in October when an EQC 400 4MATIC model appears in dealer showrooms. Pricing and equipment will be confirmed closer to launch. Before that, a limited edition EQC Edition 1886 model will arrive. These models will be available exclusively in metallic high-tech silver and include special badging, styling tweaks and equipment. The Edition 1886 recalls the year in which Karl Benz invented his famed Benz Patent Motorwagen.

A fast charge can increase battery power in the new EQC from 10 to 80 percent in just 40 minutes.
A fast charge can increase battery power in the new EQC from 10 to 80 percent in just 40 minutes.

Pricing

The EQC400 will be priced in the region of €90,000 before Government grants and reductions. Official pricing will be announced closer to launch in October. According to a source at Mercedes-Benz Ireland, the 1886 edition will carry a premium of €7000 or €8000 on top of that. A small number of dedicated EQ dealers will be appointed from the current Mercedes-Benz Irish dealer network.

Rivals

Mercedes-Benz is not the first premium brand to bring an electric SUV to market. Buyers may also be interested in the Tesla Model X, the Jaguar I-PACE and the Audi e-tron.

Verdict

The EQC is an exciting new pioneering model for Mercedes-Benz, marking the debut of the EQ brand and the first Mercedes-Benz electric production vehicle. The EQC is the trailblazer for what will be a growing family of all-electric vehicles to come from Mercedes-Benz under its EQ branding. And it’s a very good entrant into this new market, being stylish and innovative enough to turn heads, with a powerful battery delivering competitive range for these times and impressive performance. Mercedes-Benz values have not been compromised and the EQC is sophisticated on the road and in the cabin.

Ultimately, the EQC carries a premium but is a highly desirable all-electric SUV!

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC is expected to cost in the region of €90,000
The new Mercedes-Benz EQC is expected to cost in the region of €90,000

Caroline Kidd

 


The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will arrive in Ireland in October

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake First Drive Review

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will arrive in Ireland in October
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will arrive in Ireland in October

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will arrive in Ireland in October. Based on the recently launched CLA Coupé, the CLA Shooting Brake is pitched by Mercedes-Benz as a “sports car with load space” and offers more practicality in the stylish and sporty body of an estate car. I travelled with Mercedes-Benz Ireland to Stuttgart, Germany, to drive the all-new CLA Shooting Brake!

Styling

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is derived from the new four-door CLA Coupé and is a stylish and sporty compact estate car. It bears the new signature Mercedes-Benz ‘shark-nose’ grille at the front, flat headlamps, low-slung bonnet and diamond-finish radiator grille with central star motif, while frameless windows add to the air of exclusivity. Dimensions have been altered compared to the outgoing model – the new CLA Shooting Brake is 48 millimetres longer, 53 mm wider and 2 mm lower than before.

Interior

Inside, the new CLA Shooting Brake has the same all-new interior as the recently launched CLA Coupé. The interior is a fabulous mix of good quality material finishes, the latest technology features and glossy driver information and infotainment screens that respond to ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control commands. It’s cool and classy with characteristic turbine effect air vents and plenty of luxurious trim options including Alcantara and leather.

Practicality

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake has a little more shoulder, head and elbow room than its predecessor. The CLA Shooting Brake will seat five but the rear will be a more comfortable place for two and legroom is okay, rather than generous. However, the Shooting Brake does offer a larger and more practical boot. The boot volume stands at 505 litres, which is larger than that of the CLA Coupé. The boot opening is also significantly wider than in the previous model, making it easier to load and unload.

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake
The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

Engines

Mercedes-Benz Ireland has not confirmed engine options coming to Ireland but in Europe, CLA 180, 180d, 200, 200d, 220 and 220d are available so expect to see a mix of petrol and diesel engines here.

At the launch in Stuttgart, we had the opportunity to drive the CLA 220d that is powered by a new 2.0-litre diesel with 190 hp and an automatic gearbox. On our test drive, the CLA 220d was smooth and powerful with good refinement.

On the road

The CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake are positioned within the new generation of compact models from Mercedes-Benz as the models with the sportiest driving characteristics. Based on the new A-Class, the CLA models have a wider track as well as a lower centre of gravity. On the road this translates to an even sportier and more fluid drive. The steering feel is sharp and alert, while minimal body roll of that sleek body makes it a pleasure to drive also!

Equipment

Mercedes-Benz are yet to confirm trim levels, pricing and equipment however expect a host of standard and optional features including ‘wellness’ comfort control that can be tailored to the mood of the customer; adaptive damping which allows the driver to switch between comfort and sports tuning; intelligent drive functions derived from the S-Class; and driver assistance systems such as active distance, steering, parking and lane change assist features.

Pricing

Pricing has yet to be confirmed for Ireland but expect a €1500 to €2000 premium over the CLA Coupé, which currently is on sale from €34,110.

Rivals

The CLA Shooting Brake is quite unique in the market as a premium, compact estate car with no direct rival. However, buyers looking for a stylish estate car might also find themselves looking at the larger Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz’ own C-Class estate.

Summary

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake sees a rake of improvements across the board, bearing all the latest hallmarks of Mercedes’ stylish range of compact models. The interior is much improved in terms of design and technology, while the Shooting Brake provides buyers with an enviable sporty silhouette and more practical boot. On the road the CLA Shooting Brake is fun to drive. Designed to appeal to a younger generation, the CLA Shooting Brake carries a premium but is a highly desirable car!

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is a stylish and practical compact estate model
The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is a stylish and practical compact estate model

Caroline Kidd


The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Updated Mercedes-Benz GLC Arrives

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC

An updated Mercedes-Benz GLC has just arrived in Irish Mercedes dealerships, priced from €48,040.

Changes from the GLC model launched in 2015 include updates to styling, specifications, new engines, larger touch-screen displays and enhanced connectivity.

Inside there is now the MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ commands. Driver assistance systems have also been considerably expanded. Included are distance, brake and steer assist features with automatic speed monitoring, an exit warning that alerts driver and passengers from opening a door when an overtaking vehicle is approaching, an emergency corridor function that helps drivers maintain course and avoid unintentional lane changing.

Other features include LED headlights, keyless-go start function, 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and a wide choice of on/off-road drive modes, dynamic body control suspension and drive settings, and a host of standard and optional comfort, safety and driver assistance features such as parking, blind spot, trailer manoeuvring and hook-up assists.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC family comes equipped with next generation four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with more power and greater efficiency. Models available include the GLC 200 4MATIC, GLC 300 4MATIC, GLC 200 d 4MATIC, GLC 220 d 4MATIC and GLC 300 d 4MATIC. The most popular models here will be the GLC 200d and the GLC 220d versions.

Commenting, Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland said: “Within the Mercedes-Benz range, GLC is a model that has always performed. Well equipped with features that owners like, GLC will appeal to singles and families for whom the allure of eye-catching design, advanced technology and driver comforts sits comfortably with the practical applications that the SUV is designed to deliver”.

Following the GLC, will be the GLC Coupé (from €51,540). Bearing all of the driver-focused features and specifications found in the GLC, the Coupé is expected to have a strong following amongst motorists who prefer to combine the safety, efficiency and functionality of an SUV in a sporty coupé body.

There is also a Mercedes-AMG 63 4MATIC version on the way with a 4.0-litre eight-cylinder biturbo engine (476HP) and the Mercedes-AMG 63S 4MATIC (510HP).


The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon Arrives In Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon has arrived in Ireland, priced from €33,390. It's also joined by a high performance AMG A35 variant.

This is the first time that an A-Class saloon has been available, and it joins the all new A-Class hatchback that arrived in Ireland in 2018.

It has a noticeably larger presence, with a more sloping bonnet and lower, more angular headlights. Better all-round visibility, easier rear seat access, and a 29-litres larger luggage compartment are among the other design enhancements.

We are also told that it has a more spacious interior, increased front and rear headroom, shoulder room and elbowroom.

It has a new 'floating' dashboard screen and control-and-display system. Using touch screen, touch pad and touch button technology, MBUX brings intelligent voice control, natural speech recognition and augmented reality features that assist the driver. These include the capacity to ‘learn’ the driver’s wishes and operate intuitively.

Other safety and driver-support items include a see-ahead camera and radar with a range of up to 500m, lane-keeping, adaptive braking, and various distance control and driver assist systems.

Engine options for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon include two four-cylinder petrol options of 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre capacity, and a new 1.5-litre diesel with power outputs in the 116 to 224 hp range. A 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic gearbox are available, depending on model choice.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon goes on sale in Ireland priced from €33,390
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon goes on sale in Ireland priced from €33,390

First models to arrive here are the A200 petrol at €33,390 and the A180d Automatic at €34,220. Following them will be an entry model A160 petrol and A160d whose prices – to be announced on arrival – will be ‘pitched competitively’ around the €30,000 mark, according to Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland.

Launching alongside the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo powered Mercedes-AMG A35 saloon with 302 bhp. It can hit 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds and the top speed is an electronically-limited 250km/h. Priced from €59,900, it comes with a 7G dual-clutch transmission, AMG suspension and 4-MATIC all-wheel drive.


The new Mercedes-Benz GLE

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE First Drive

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE has just arrived in Ireland,
priced from €78,395. This is a new generation of Mercedes-Benz large family
SUV, and there is a seven seat option for the first time. Caroline went to the
Irish press launch in Dublin to check out the new Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Styling

The GLE has been spruced up in
line with the brand’s current line-up of cars. The wheelbase is 80mm longer and
the new SUV has a more rounded and elegant presence, with distinctive LED
headlights and rear lights. 18” alloys come as standard, while AMG Line models
add AMG bodystyling and 20” alloys. The new styling has helped the GLE to
achieve the best aerodynamics in its segment, with a Cd figure
from 0.29.

Interior

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE features a widescreen cockpit as standard with two 12.3 inch screens – one for the driver information display and the second for the infotainment. The material quality is excellent throughout with the addition of some slightly more rugged looking features than a traditional Mercedes-Benz saloon - check out those rectangular shaped air vents. There is a prominent raised centre console between the driver and passenger housing cupholders, storage and the controls for the MBUX infotainment system. Hey Mercedes!

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE
The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE

Practicality

The GLE is now available as a five or seven seat SUV. The cabin is very spacious with lots of legroom in row 2. There is electrical assistance to move the seats in row 2 forward and back with adjustable recline. Space is tight in row 3 but is adequate for the extra versatility that these seats offer. When not in use they can be stowed into the floor. The luggage capacity is up to 825 litres behind the rear seats, and up to 2,055 litres when the second row is folded down. There has also been a 72 mm increase in loading width.

Engines

In Ireland the new GLE will be available with petrol and diesel engines in the 1950cc to 2999cc capacity range. A diesel plug-in hybrid will arrive before the end of the year with a pure electric range of up to 100 km. The big seller in Ireland will be the 300d with a 2.0-litre diesel putting out 245hp. Other diesels include the GLE 350d, GLE 400d and GLE 450d. There is a GLE 450 petrol available powered by a six-cylinder engine with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Motor tax ranges from €570 to €1200. 4MATIC four wheel drive is standard on all models.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE range starts from €78,395
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE range starts from €78,395

On the road

The Mercedes-Benz GLE has a newly developed steel suspension, while there is also the option of a new AIRMATIC air suspension and E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL for engine variants with six and more cylinders. This is the only system in the market where the spring and damping forces can be individually controlled at each wheel to counteract body roll, pitching and squat, and take the GLE out of difficult off-road situations.

On a short drive on standard suspension, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 300d 4MATIC was a comfortable and refined companion, and easy to manoeuvre for its size. I look forward to bringing you more detailed driving impressions after a longer test drive later in the year.

Equipment

Standard equipment includes cruise control, 18” alloys,
widescreen cockpit with two displays, dual zone climate control, MBUX
multimedia system, Mercedes me connect, parking package with rear camera, Dynamic
Select, leather upholstery, blind spot assist, attention assist, lane keeping
assist and traffic sign assist.

The AMG Line exterior pack adds sport braking system, 20” alloys, diamond grille with chrome pins and AMG bodystyling.

The GLE now comes with the option of seven seats
The GLE now comes with the option of seven seats

AMG Line cars include interior equipment such as AMG floor
mats in black velour, AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black
rubber studs, ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre upholstery, Nappa
leather dashboard, door panelling plus armrests in black ARTICO man-made
leather, multifunction sports steering wheel in Nappa leather and sports seats
for driver and front passenger.

The 7-seat package for €2,944 adds the two extra seats, 20”
5-spoke light-alloy wheels and electrically-adjustable rear seats.

Pricing

The range starts with the GLE 300d 4MATIC at €78,395. With an AMG Line exterior package, this model is available from €84,202. The AMG Line is available from €84,762.

The GLE 450 4MATIC petrol is available from €95,995.

Rivals

Rivals for the new GLE include the Audi Q7 and the BMW X5.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE brings the latest Mercedes style and technology to the large family SUV class
The Mercedes-Benz GLE brings the latest Mercedes style and technology to the large family SUV class

Summary

The new generation of the Mercedes-Benz GLE ups its game in terms of styling, interior finish, technology and connectivity, bringing modern Mercedes-Benz features to the large family SUV class. The seven seat option is new for the GLE and makes the whole package even more competitive than before.

Mercedes-Benz Ireland is offering generously equipped GLEs undercutting their BMW and Audi rivals on pricing with the popular GLE 300d 4MATIC, though rivals do offer a bit more power like for like. I look forward to putting the GLE to the test at a later date to see how it stacks up against rivals!

Caroline Kidd


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon Review

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

Caroline drives the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon is one of the stalwarts of the Mercedes-Benz range that has been endearing buyers of compact executive saloons for over two decades now.

The current generation of the car debuted in 2014 and quickly gained notoriety for its interior elegance and comfort. Now in 2019, there is an updated C-Class range with pricing starting from €37,710.

What's new for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon in 2019?

Updates include new engines, equipment and trim elements to keep it at the races against key rivals like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon gets a slim makeover in that all the elegant, compact saloon proportions are retained but with some new trim elements, alloy wheels and headlight/rear light design.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon has been updated for 2019
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon has been updated for 2019

Available in the classic Avantgarde trim or the sportier AMG Line, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class oozes class and prestige. AMG Line models get standard fit 18” alloys, more aggressive bumpers and a stunning diamond radiator grille with chrome pins. LED headlights come as standard.

The interior of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

Inside, the cabin of the C-Class is very plush and luxurious with beautiful soft touch materials and design elements, like the circular air vents and open pore black ash wood trim. The C-Class range gets a technology upgrade in that you can now opt for a 12.3-inch digital cockpit display and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. The 10.25 inch screen as part of the Advantage pack is definitely worth considering (€3,417) as it looks a lot more premium and at home than the standard 7” screen.

There is also a new multifunction steering wheel with touch-control buttons that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. It gives a bit more modernity to the cabin of the C-Class.

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

The C-Class Saloon will seat five though the rear will be more comfortable for two rather than three because of the large ‘hump’ housing the transmission tunnel. The boot is a competitive 480 litres and the boot lid lifts electronically from a button on the key or a switch in the cabin.

Equipment and engines

Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, cruise control, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, keyless start and 17” alloys. The AMG Line (from €39,250) models add sports pedals, 18” alloys and AMG bodystyling.

Engine options for the C-Class include a 1.6-litre petrol (C180), 2.0-litre petrol (C300), 1.6-litre diesel (C200d) and 2.0-litre diesel (C220d), as well as some sportier variants.

The C200 is now powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol with 'EQ Boost'
The C200 is now powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol with 'EQ Boost'

The new Mercedes-Benz C200 with EQ Boost

One of the most exciting additions to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon range is the C200 now with EQ Boost. The new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine has mild hybrid technology. A 48 volt on-board electrical system with a belt-driven starter/alternator gives the car a boost in performance and efficiency. The power output is 184hp and 0 to 100 kmh is achieved in just 7.7 seconds.

The C200 delivers smooth power through a nine speed automatic gearbox, and is refined at a cruise though gets noisier when you give it a heavy right foot. Over a week of driving the C200 averaged fuel consumption at 8.4l/100km, while motor tax is €390 per year for this model, so a diesel would offer superior economy for high mileage drivers.

Rear legroom in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
Rear legroom in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

On the road in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

My test car featured Dynamic Body Control that alters suspension damping characteristics in three stages. The damping characteristics are tuned more tautly in the two stages “Sport” and “Sport+”. The “Comfort” mode is more comfortably tuned, unevenness is levelled out better and road roar and tyre vibration characteristics are improved.

There’s also a Sports Direct-Steer system for more agile and smooth handling.

On the road, the C-Class Saloon glides along the tarmac effortlessly offering a top class comfortable and serene drive. It offers rear wheel drive agility and is flexible through corners, though the sensations reaching the rim are not overtly sporty. I recently drove the Mercedes-Benz C200 Coupé, but I really like the C200 set-up in the Saloon.

There may be a squeeze on saloons from SUVs but there is likely to always be a market for prestigious, premium saloons like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This facelift has improved and modernised the interior even more, so that the car still feels current. This is a fine luxury motor for cruising and Mercedes-Benz has successfully packaged the essence of the brand in the C-Class, making it a great entry point into the premium saloon market.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon is a very desirable compact premium saloon
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon is a very desirable compact premium saloon

Caroline
Kidd

Model
tested: 
Mercedes-Benz
C200 Saloon AMG Line Automatic
Price:
€43,600 (Range from €37,710)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
184 hp
Torque: 280 Nm
0-100km/h:  
7.7 seconds
Top speed: 239 km/h
Fuel economy:
6.0-6.3l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
144g/km
Motor tax: 
€390 per year


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is a prestigious and desirable coupé

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé Review

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Caroline drives the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé.

There are few things more desirable in life than a slinky Mercedes-Benz coupé. Mercedes-Benz just has an aptitude for creating luxury sports coupés that will stop you in your tracks. A Mercedes-Benz coupé sells a dream of sunshine, asphalt, and slow, luxury living.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé might be the most compact two door coupé that the brand offers, but none of that prestigious style has been compromised. With pricing starting from €38,365, the C-Class Coupé has been updated for 2019 with new engines, equipment and trim elements to keep it at the races.

Thankfully, the C-Class Coupé’s elegant and sporty silhouette remains every bit intact. There are new bumpers and a standard-fit diamond radiator grille with chrome pins on the AMG Line model. LED High Performance headlights now come as standard, as do more accentuated all-LED rear lights. The AMG Line model also has an AMG-specific front apron with sporty air intakes and chrome trim.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé has had an update for 2019
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé has had an update for 2019

The interior of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Inside, the cabin of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is very plush and luxurious with beautiful design elements like the sculpted leather seats, circular air vents and open pore black ash wood trim. The C-Class range gets a technology upgrade in that you can now opt for a 12.3-inch digital cockpit display and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. The 10.25 inch screen as part of the Advantage pack is definitely worth considering (€3,417) as it looks a lot more premium and at home here than the standard 7” screen.

There is also a new multifunction steering wheel with touch-control buttons that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone.

The C-Class Coupé will seat four but being a coupé the rear space is tight on legroom and headroom. A narrow boot aperture hardly makes it the most practical member of the family either – you will be needing the C-Class Estate for that (!) – but there’s still plenty of room with 360 litres.

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, cruise control, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, keyless start and 17” alloys. The AMG Line (from €41,342) models add sports pedals, reversing camera, 18” alloys and AMG bodystyling.

The C200 Features Mild Hybrid Technology

One of the most exciting additions for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is the new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with EQ Boost mild hybrid technology. This model, badged C200, has a 48 volt on-board electrical system with a belt-driven starter/alternator and it gives the car a boost in performance and efficiency. When accelerating, EQ Boost can assist the 184 hp engine with an additional 14 hp, bridging the brief moment until the turbocharger has built up its full charge pressure.

There's a new steering wheel and option of a digital instrument panel
There's a new steering wheel and option of a digital instrument panel

During deceleration, the starter/alternator recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery. There is also gliding mode with the engine switched off when the speed falls below a certain minimum level, and the recuperative brake with intelligent engine stop when the vehicle is coasting. Alongside the diesel engines, the petrol engines are also equipped with a particulate filter.

Other engines include a 1.6-litre petrol (C180), 2.0-litre petrol (C300), 1.6-litre diesel (C200d) and 2.0-litre diesel (C220d), as well as some sportier variants.

Driving the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

The C-Class Coupé also gets the dynamic body control suspension that alters suspension damping characteristics in three stages. The damping characteristics are tuned more tautly in the two stages “Sport” and “Sport+”. The “Comfort” mode is tuned for a more comfortable ride and less tyre and road noise. There’s also a Sports Direct-Steer system for more agile and smooth handling.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is available from €38,365 in Ireland
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is available from €38,365 in Ireland

On the road, the C-Class Coupé glides along the tarmac effortlessly. It is a comfortable, serene drive. It's agile and flexible through corners, without being overtly sporty. The C200 delivers smooth power through a nine speed automatic gearbox, though the engine was more noisy than what I was expecting. Over a week of driving the C200 averaged fuel consumption at 7.7l/100km, while motor tax is €390 per year.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is easily one of the best looking compact coupés out there. It’s a hugely desirable car with a fine interior also. On the road, it’s not the sportiest choice and in C200 guise I did miss the thick, syrupy pulling power of a diesel engine. But this remains a fine car that looks as good as the day it was launched.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is a prestigious and desirable coupé
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is a prestigious and desirable coupé

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz C200 Coupé Automatic
Price:
€47,431 (Coupe range from €38,365)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
184 hp
Torque: 280 Nm
0-100km/h:  
7.9 seconds
Top speed: 239 km/h
Fuel economy:
6.1-6.5l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
148g/km
Motor tax: 
€390 per year


Sneem Digital Hub has been presented with a new Mercedes-Benz Vito van

Mercedes-Benz Support Sneem Digital Hub

Sneem Digital Hub has been presented with a new Mercedes-Benz Vito van
Sneem Digital Hub has been presented with a new Mercedes-Benz Vito van

The commercial vehicles division of Mercedes-Benz in Ireland is providing support to Sneem Digital Hub in its mission to reverse rural depopulation in the area.

Created with the help of a dedicated group of community volunteers, the aim of Sneem Digital Hub is to bring reliable digital infrastructure and quality jobs to the area.

Under the initiative announced by Mercedes-Benz, Sneem Digital Hub will be supplied with a new Mercedes-Benz Vito van for their exclusive use for a one-year period.

The new Vito will provide essential support to managers at the Hub in transporting equipment and distributing materials as required, and as a promotional unit for events and exhibitions.

Soon to be a familiar site around the Ring of Kerry and surrounding area, the Vito 111L model will display the Sneem Digital Hub logo on its livery. Features include colour coded bumpers, multifunction steering wheel, reverse camera and air-conditioning.

Commenting, Aidan Murray, manager at Sneem Digital Hub said: “We are delighted to secure the support of Mercedes-Benz. The use of the Vito van will provide a visual presence and shop window for the Hub as it travels throughout the Kerry and south-west region, and further afield.”

The Hub provides high-speed broadband, hot-desking for remote workers, a low-cost base for business start-ups and options for companies seeking to expand remotely. Video conferencing technology and meeting rooms are also available.

Addressing guests present at a recent key presentation event held in the Mercedes-Benz headquarters on Dublin’s Naas Road, the company’s chairman, Stephen O'Flaherty praised the work being done by Sneem Digital Hub, seeing it as “a wonderful example of local enterprise at work in a way that brings immediate and downstream benefits to the community”.


Bertha Benz: The Journey That Changed Everything

Mercedes-Benz has released a video to celebrate Bertha Benz in the history of the brand and the motor car
Mercedes-Benz has released a video to celebrate Bertha Benz in the history of the brand and the motor car

On the eve of this year's International Woman's Day (8th March 2019), Mercedes-Benz has released a video to celebrate Bertha Benz in the history of the brand and the motor car. Bertha Benz famously took the difficult, first long distance drive in a motor car, her husband Carl's invention, travelling over 100 km with a journey time of 12 hours! The year was 1888.

Thanks to Mercedes-Benz for telling the story so eloquently below.

The Mercedes star is now shone on the woman without whom the company would perhaps never have existed in this form: Bertha Benz. To mark her 170th birthday on 3 May, Mercedes-Benz relates Bertha's historic long-distance journey in cinema quality, encouraging men and women throughout the world to make their visions come true with courage and self-confidence.

The film "Bertha Benz: the journey that changed everything" is dedicated as an inspiration to all women and men on International Women's Day on March 8.

"It was important to my team to depict Bertha Benz as a strong woman and timeless role model" explained Bettina Fetzer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. "Bertha was a pioneer and our first test driver. Her courage and her will not to give up too easily inspire me very much. With our film we want to motivate people to go through life with a similarly positive, hands-on approach and to tackle challenges with confidence."

Bertha Benz drew public attention to the invention of her husband Carl by undertaking the first long-distance car journey to Pforzheim covering nearly 100 kilometres over 130 years ago. But her courageous act is more topical than ever, as visions, determination and belief in oneself still remain important success factors in today's mobile world. Which makes Bertha Benz the best role model for present day pioneers in all areas of life.

"She was more daring than I," Carl Benz said about his wife. As the inventor of the automobile, he revolutionised the mobility of the 19th Century. This success that changed the world would have been barely conceivable without Bertha Benz, her indomitable optimism and her ability to find a way out of difficult situations.

When the public were still sceptical about the new horseless carriage that was moved by "mysterious" forces, she took a snap decision and embarked on a then rather difficult journey to Pforzheim with her two sons Eugen and Richard. Also on board was a firm belief in her husband's invention and in herself.

Mercedes-Benz has released a video to celebrate Bertha Benz in the history of the brand and the motor car
Bertha Benz took the difficult, first long distance journey in the motor car in 1888, earning a place in history

This story is emotively recounted by Mercedes-Benz in a four-minute film, "Bertha Benz: the journey that changed everything" – in which the legendary first filling station in the world also plays a part.


The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection

See Vintage Mercedes-Benz Cars At MSL Ballsbridge Motors

The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection
The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection

An exhibition of the most iconic and rare vintage passenger cars from the acclaimed O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection has opened at MSL Ballsbridge Motors on Dublin’s Shelbourne Road.

Intended as a tribute to company founder, the late Stephen O’Flaherty and his eldest sons, Michael and Nigel O’Flaherty, this is the first time the Collection has been on display for public viewing.

Cars from the collection will be displayed on a rotational basis for a limited four-week period in each case throughout the year, each model being replaced by another until visitors have had the opportunity to view all of the cars.

Two of the most exclusive models in the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection are a limited-edition working replica of Karl Benz’s famed 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car, the world’s first passenger car, and a 1898 Benz Velo Comfortable – the first motor car ever imported into Ireland.

Amongst the must-see models that will feature over the course of the year are an extremely rare 1911 vintage Benz model 8/18, the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 200 two-door sports-roadster, a 1936 500 K Cabriolet and a two-door 1955 300 SL Gullwing.

Visitors to the exhibition at MSL Ballsbridge Motors will enjoy the design features of these early vehicles whilst viewing them side-by-side with the latest Mercedes-Benz range of models that includes the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class and S-Class variants, coupled with the EQC, the first electric Mercedes-Benz which is set to arrive in the latter half of 2019.

The recently redeveloped showrooms at MSL Ballsbridge Motors can accommodate over 30 vehicles. The location also has its own very special place in Irish motoring history, being the premises where in 1950 the first Volkswagen Beetle built outside Germany was assembled.

The 1935 Mercedes-Benz 200 from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection
The 1935 Mercedes-Benz 200 from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection