New Mercedes C-Class W205 Visually Compared to Old C-Class W204

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
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  • pcurve

    with the new C, CLA, and S, 2014 will be a blockbuster year from Mercedes.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Sure looks like it, except I have seen the CLA and S in person and I am not impressed. The CLS is oddly proportioned, while the S just doesn’t look special. Perhaps all the dark paint I have been seeing is to blame.

      • europeon

        CLA, not CLS. Both CLS generation have perfect proportions.

  • europeon

    If you look closely at each design detail it shows how much work they put into it, but if you look at it as a whole, something is missing… character, personality… I feel it was designed with the Asian customers it mind and maybe that’s why I like the w204 design more (obvious upgrades aside).

    • TheAllSeeingEye

      The new C class interior is hideous. It’s like a futuristic look of the 70’s, the air vents look like airplane perpellars like your an aviator, so Tacky n ugly. The seats feel the same way. Just not a fan at all. And that ugly mounted display is the worst idea ever. That goes for BMW as well. So glad I got the 3 series BMW coupe before theY mounted the screen. Drove a loaner and the sun shining on it is a disaster.

      • europeon

        Funny thing, I test drove a facelifted CLS recently and I too noticed the sun shining on that thick tacky glossy plastic frame they have around the navi.

  • 9car4

    Am I the only one who doesn’t find it that much different..? All I can say is that Mercedes seems to have done the same as BMW by lightly changing their most popular model to avoid any deception. I think you can do a design overhaul and still gain as many customers if not more. I am more and more disappointed by the approach the carmakers seem to have taken. Where’s the ambition!?

  • W124

    They look so similar that the pictures in the third row are actually swapped…

  • A Brown

    Do a comparison for CLA and C they look very similar on the outside, and for very little extra over the CLA you can have the C with RWD and an far nicer interior

  • YipYap

    This looks like a nice evolution of the design. The larger grille of the W205 makes it look like a more substantial car.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      My thoughts exactly. There is an upscale look to both, but the 205 looks like ‘more’.

  • Hajime

    i m still not sure about that ipad style sat nav…

  • Westy

    If the COMAND screen is a touch screen, which I doubt it will be, it will be the first in a Mercedes as the screen is controlled by an iDrive like dial on the center console in all other MB. Otherwise, I agree the screen looks completely out of place and tacked on but I like the design of the rest of the interior.

    • likeitis

      the touch pad is in the centre console

  • Toronado_II

    Look too much like the S, I prefer the 204 !

    • likeitis

      you say that like its a bad thing

      • Toronado_II

        Not enough sporty to me….

        • likeitis

          Buy an AMG then

          • Toronado_II

            Even with a big V8, the look isn’t sporty. Elegant, but not sporty.

  • thailandmercedesbenz

    I think Mercedes Benz failed this time 🙂 I wanted a E-class but I will buy a cheaper C-class because it is so much nicer than the current E-class, especially the interior…

    • likeitis

      So then its really not a fail?

  • Brad

    I honestly like the current (W204) styling a little more. I like it that MB took careful steps in creating a new version. Is this a new trend? BMW barely changed the outside of the 3 Series in their newest version but changed the interior with the same stand up nav screen-ugly in both cars honestly. I own the first version of the current C, a 2008. personally I never thought the original interior needed fixing and I love how completely simple the dash was without all the bling insisted upon because of what the competition is doing. It was clean and simple like the dash in the SLK. In the end when they update this model I bet they make it with a retractable nav screen again. In that sense I already have what the promised in the ads for the W204-a Mercedes Benz. The new one looks great but it isn’t better looking.

  • Ben Had

    MB is chasing the styling cues prevalent on the market and mashing them together into what has to be recent vehicles at the pinnacle of the companies underwhelming design list. They are making some lackluster and even atrocious looking cars. Not all of them but most of them…

    In conclusion: Its like they took the normal old one, and made it retarded…

    Its just a phase tough… I’m sure they are working on it…

  • Karl Benz

    New ones are garbage

    gone the days when real artists designed our cars, now they only make them so that it would “sell”, another excuse for cheaply made over priced and over rated garbage products made to line the pockets of greedy capitalists .