Two variants of the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class have been priced for our local market. Debuting the generation in C200 and C220d guise, the new sedan enters South Africa with the goal to tackle the current generation BMW 3 Series head-on.
The petrol-powered Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 kicks-the range off with a price tag of R856 080. This sports the brand’s M264 1,5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the EQ Boost system and delivers a power output of 150 kW and 300 N.m of torque
The oil-burning Mercedes-Benz C-Class sporting the C220d badge has been listed at R911 740. This uses Daimler’s OM 654 turbodiesel 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine with the EQ Boost system as well. This delivers a power output of 147 kW and 440 N.m of torque. Both cars are awarded an additional 15 kW and 200 N.m from the electrical system, when available, and adopt the 9G-Tronic torque converter.
As standard, the car is available in Avantgarde trim but the AMG Line, which adds a number of styling cues, adds R54 000 to the price. A plethora of metallic shades are available for the body at a cost of R5 700 but if you want a more exclusive look, you can choose from three Designo shades; hyacinth red (R23 400), opalite white (R32 000) and selenite grey (R43 000).
Two 18-inch alloy wheel designs are available at no extra cost. The 19-inch multi-spoke AMG design alloy will add R5 000 to the price if the above AMG Line is not specified. For a sportier look, the 19-inch five-spoke light alloy wheels can be added for R28 000 but this removes the AMG Line from the configuration. Further exterior add-ons for the car include a panoramic sliding sunroof at R22 900 and an AMG spoiler lip applied to the boot for R7 500.
Within the cabin, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class adopts the AMG Line interior via the aforementioned pack but retains the Artico man-made leather with Dinamica microfiber black finishes. Four variations of sienna brown, black, macchiato beige and neva grey are available at a cost of R3 200. For a genuine leather finish, of which six different shades are available, expect to pay R18 900. Optional extras for the seats include the memory package at R14 800 which forces the configurator to remove the premium leather option. Heated front seats will bump the price up by R5 800.
For a more premium finish to the cabin, four wooden trimming options are available for R7 500 while a metal-weave finish can be applied at no extra cost. Added exclusivity can be provided via two centre console finishes which will add a further R3 200 to the asking price but these have to be applied to specific wood trim shades.
Cabin convenience and comfort features can only be equipped via packages of which three are available; Advanced Plus (R21 000), Premium (R62 000) and Premium Plus (R118 000). The most conclusive offering adds a digital driver display, wireless charging, ambient lighting, illuminated door sill panels, the memory package for the seats, MBUX Navigation Premium, a parking package with 360-degree camera, LED digital headlamps, a head-up display, automatic climate control, the USB package Plus and MBUX augmented reality for navigation.
Additional odds and ends for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class includes the lane tracking package for R14 400 and the night package with heat insulating dark tinted glass for R7 200. Added dynamic composure can be added to both models via the brand’s rear-axle steering which bumps things up by R22 400. For enhanced safety, side airbags can be added to the rear compartment for R8 000 while red seat belts can liven things up for another R6 400. If you have trouble keeping track of all the road signs that are being thrown at you while on your daily commute, the traffic sign assist option is available for R6 300.
With as many options fitted as possible, expect to pay R344 100 over the base price on both models. This brings the C200 up to R1 200 180 and the C220d R1 255 840.