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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 Review

Few if any other European manufacturers have been bold enough to put forward a diesel as their range topper in the small/medium class. But taking a drive in the C320 vindicates Mercedes' decision because the car is simply superb to drive and uses minimal fuel into the bargain.

A C350, 3.5-litre V6 petrol variant is available overseas but realistically, it is unnecessary in the face of the smooth and powerful diesel V6 model. We have seen this engine before in other Mercedes vehicles and it works well in all. That's partly due to a prodigious 510Nm torque output, which is on par with a large capacity V8 petrol engine. Even better is the fact that all this grunt is available in the Benz from just off idle speed.

Maximum power is a creditable 165kW and along the way to delivering this hefty whack of power and torque, the 3.0-litre turbo diesel sips a frugal 7.4-litres/100km.

In pure performance terms, the C320 is no slouch putting away a 0-100kmh sprint in 6.9 seconds.

Drive is to the rear wheels via a seven speed automatic transmission that offers sequential change mode side-to-side on the gearstick. A button shift on the steering wheel is optional.

Priced from $92,800, the C320 is well specified for the money offering Pre-safe crash protection, eight air bags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), three zone climate control and variable suspension called Agility Control as standard.

A comprehensive list of options is available including an exceptional audio system with a four gigabyte music server on which owners can save a large selection of music.

On the road, the C320 shines in all environments but especially when touring country backroads where the bumps and rough stuff are ironed out like they don't exist. Long distance touring is enhanced due to the smooth, silent engine and superb throttle response.

Overtaking is achieved in a blink and cruising at high speed registers a mere 2000rpm on the tachometer.

In practical terms, the C320 has the same tight turning circle as all C-Class models, a large boot with full size spare underfloor, seats for five in the roomy interior and easy to operate controls housed in a stylish dash.

Mercedes offers the C320 in the sporty Avantgarde spec' as well as the Elegance model. Avantgarde has been a runaway hit with new C-Class buyers.

Coinciding with the C320's arrival is the new ML500, a brutally quick luxury Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) powered by a 285kW/530Nm, 5.5-litre V8 petrol engine. The previous ML500 had a 'mere' 5.0-litre V8.

Weighing in at a well-grounded 2310kg, which doesn't affect the ML's performance out of the blocks where it puts away a 0-100kmh sprint in 5.8 seconds. And this is without gobbling large amounts of fuel. It will deliver an average of 12.9 litres /100km with normal steady driving.

Transmission is a seven speed auto with sequential shift. A permanent all wheel drive 4Matic system apportions power to the wheels with most traction. Air suspension controls ride and handling and the ML500 is equipped with a wide range of practical and luxury goodies. And  in case you were wondering, yes, it will comfortably go off road; though why you'd want to take a $120,874 SUV bush bashing is beyond us.

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$11,990
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Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
C230 Evolution 2.5L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $12,870 – 17,160 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 C230 Evolution Pricing and Specs
C230 Evolution AMG 2.5L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $13,970 – 18,370 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 C230 Evolution AMG Pricing and Specs
C200 Kompressor 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $10,560 – 14,520 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 C200 Kompressor Pricing and Specs
C200 Kompressor Evolution 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $11,660 – 15,620 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 C200 Kompressor Evolution Pricing and Specs