Mercedes CLC - car review

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Mercedes-Benz CLC-class is a separate model range of magnificent coupes. This car is the successor to the three-door hatchback C-Class Sport Coupe. The new version differs from the progenitor in that the German specialists have developed and modernized a total of more than 1000 parts. The sporty appearance of the Mercedes CLC emphasizes a compact body with athletic proportions.

Front and rear bodywork designers have fully developed anew. The car received an expressive sports grille with a huge Mercedes star in the center and new projection headlights. Behind the updated tailgate is a roomy and easily transformable luggage compartment with a volume of 1100 liters. The rear lights of the new design, the long row of LEDs of the third brake light and the rear bumper structure the rear end of the body, visually emphasizing its width. Salon largely inherited from the C-Class Sport Coupe. No sharpness - everything is rounded, as it was before.

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The interior decoration still guarantees absolute comfort. You can choose from three multimedia systems with a 6.5-inch color display, dual tuner, automatic volume control, Bluetooth wireless interface, connectors for iPod and USB devices. New versions of the multimedia system, like Audio 50 APS and COMAND APS, are equipped with a DVD-based or hard-disk-based satellite navigation function that works within Europe. When ordering a built-in six-disc DVD changer, the car is equipped by default with the LINGUATRONIC voice control system, improved by Mercedes-Benz specialists and now allowing to give commands with whole words.

Sports seats with an improved design of their side elements, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control system and decorative matte aluminum trim are components of the car’s serial equipment. For individual interior colors, customers can choose from the following seat trim options: black, gray alpaca, and especially the chic color combination of black and red. On the second row cramped. However, the fact that the front seats move forward very easily (regardless of whether they are electric or mechanical adjustments) is easy, leaving a wide passage to the rear seats.

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The range of power units includes six options so far - four four-cylinder and two six-cylinder ones. The base engine here is a diesel 200 CDI with a capacity of 122 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque. Acceleration to 100 km / h takes 11.3 seconds, and the maximum speed is 206 km / h. Average consumption - only 5.8 liters. Next - 220 CDI with a capacity of 150 horses and 340 Nm of maximum torque.

Acceleration to 100 km / h takes 9.7 seconds, and the maximum speed is 224 km / h. Consumption - 5.9 liters per 100 km. The range of gasoline units is represented by the CLC 180 Kompressor with a capacity of 143 horsepower, the CLC 200 Kompressor with a capacity of 184 horsepower and the CLC 230 with a capacity of 204 horses. The top option is the CLC 350 V6 with a capacity of 272 horsepower, where acceleration to 100 km / h takes 6.3 seconds, and the "maximum speed" is 250 km / h. Consumption - 9.5 liters per “stolnik”. Mercedes CLC is serially equipped with six-speed mechanics.

Optionally, it is possible to put a five-speed automatic on the four-cylinder versions, and a six-speed automatic on the six-cylinder ones. The car received a "direct" steering (direct-steer system). Mercedes engineers combined power, whose help depends on the speed, and the steering rack with a variable depending on the angle of rotation gear ratio. This, in general, is not a new technology gave the coupe more sharp handling and made the reaction to the steering wheel more transparent. In general, the most it is for a car with a claim to sportiness.

The latter can be “aggravated” by means of a sport package (option), which, in addition to the mentioned “direct” steering wheel, includes an understated sports suspension with reduced ground clearance, 18-inch light-alloy wheels with 225/40 and 245/35 tires and a number of purely design nuances - headlights with black interior trim, leather-covered sports steering wheel, and decorative elements of dark aluminum finish. Another interesting feature transferred to the CLC sports coupe from the world of racing cars was the instrument cluster with red arrows at the speedometer and tachometer.

When the ignition is turned on, these arrows first make a one-time jump along their scales, before they take up their original positions.

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