The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W205) represents a significant jump over to the previous W204 generation, both in terms of technology and design.
The latest model adopts the brand’s new design language to such an extent that some will have a hard time differentiating it from the S-Class if it weren't for the size. Obviously, the new C-Class also does away with the rectangular lines of the previous generation, both inside and out.
The new C-Class may look like a smaller scale version of the S-Class flagship sedan, but that’s not a bad thing: in my view, the W205 looks sleeker and more modern compared to the W204, which in itself wasn’t an ugly car.
As far as the exterior is concerned, I think there’s no doubt the new model looks better: it appears to be more dynamic, especially when viewed from the side, and more elegant as well. The design is more coherent, but that's only natural given that we're comparing an all-new to an outgoing model.
The bodywork’s curves are carried over to the interior, where the dashboard is more fluid – except maybe for the touchscreen which seems a bit out of place. The new model’s cabin also looks more ergonomic, as many of the buttons from the center console have disappeared, replaced by the touchpad. Quality is said to have improved as well.
Overall, judging from the success of the S-Class, I think Mercedes-Benz has really nailed it with the design of the new C-Class and the outgoing generation will not be missed. Of course, you don’t have to agree with me, so feel free to voice your opinion in the commentary section.
By Dan Mihalascu