A combination of sheer luxury and fuel saving

Mabuyane Kekana

Mabuyane Kekana

Diesel cars gain popularity all over the world because of the rapidly increasing oil price and manufacturers produce them in every segment.

My test drive in a Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI Classic has revealed more good things about diesel. A diesel Merc is a combination of luxury and fuel saving.

It is just what is expected of a Merc. The design is based on the modern Mercedes-Benz idiom bearing the star, with taut lines and large, tranquil surfaces.

The C220 CDI Classic is more restrained and traditional, but offers the same technical innovations as the other models. Its four-cylinder engine is also highly improved.

A further development of the four-cylinder unit was also the main focus for the diesel engine. Further improvements have been made to the engine, turbocharger and common-rail direct injection, modifying more than 90 components. As a result, the C 220 CDI develops a peak output of 125kW (previously 110kW) and generates a torque of 400Nm from 2000rpm.

The interior safety technology has been complemented with the very latest protection. Six airbags are standard. Two adaptive airbags, two side bags in the front seat back rests and two large window bags which extend from the A to the C-pillar during a side impact.

Driver, front passenger and the passengers on the outer rear seats also benefit from belt tensioners and belt force limiters.

Bi-xenon headlamps provide five lighting functions for typical driving and weather conditions: country mode, highway mode, enhanced fog lamps, Active Light System and cornering lights.

The two-tone dashboard and centre console forms a harmonious unit in line with the "design cast from a single mould" principle. The same applies to the integration of the colour display in the dashboard's upper central portion. It's perfectly positioned in the driver's line of vision and can be covered or folded away, without switching off the radio, navigation system or other units linked to the display. If the pivoting cover of the display aperture is closed, the infotainment units continue to operate.

The C220 CDI costs R346000.