My trip to Stuttgart and the W205 test drive
A few days back Rafael told us that he was planning to test the new (W205) C-Class in Stuttgart and so I decided to join him on his adventure.
I left Berlin on Thursday morning around 7AM and after a 600km trip, I arrived at 1 PM in Untertürkheim, the home of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz. Along with Rafael, I visited the Mercedes-Benz Museum and thereafter we decided to hit the road with the aforementioned C-Class.
As we rolled towards the headquarters of Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, we stopped every then and now to take some photos of the car. When we first arrived in Affalterbach we were already exhausted because of the hot weather. But after a quick stop in the showroom where we checked out the new GLE Coupé, as well as an S65 Sedan, and a vicious looking AMG GT3, we walked through the small Swabian town hoping to see a few prototypes. And we did! Throughout the day we saw prototypes of the GLC, the (W213) E-Class, the C-Coupé, the S-Cabriolet and a slightly masked V-Class.
Back in the car, we decided to head to the Mercedes-Benz Kundencenter in Sindelfingen for some cool exterior shots of the car. We produced some wonderful photos in front of the big three-pointed star in front of the main entrance. I filmed some video during our test which you can check out on YouTube if you’d like to. We had to contend the enormous heat and so we drove back to Untertürkheim and returned the car at 7 PM.
As Rafael drove back home to Munich I met with Christian who showed me around in the City and together we spotted prototypes of the E-Class and the GLC SUV. On the next morning, I left Baden-Wurttemberg and drove back to Berlin where I arrived in the late afternoon.
About Our Test Vehicle
Our test car was a W205 C180 with AMG Exterior and Interior and featured the ILS LED headlights, panorama glass roof, Driving Assistant System, Comand Online, Airmatic, leather in crystal grey, diamond silver paint, Burmester Sound System, Memory Package, Thermotronic, Keyless Go, ash wood elements, and Parking Assistant System.
The main critique is that the 180 engine doesn’t have enough power to properly accelerate the car! And this is no macho behavior – although the target group for this specific model is rational buyers I believe that it’s necessary to have a more potential engine. See, a weak engine provokes bad driving behavior: you don’t want to lose speed so you start speeding and you don’t comply safety distances when passing other vehicles because of poor acceleration. It’s something we all do unconsciously.
The Thermotronic, on the other hand, saved the day and the engine produced a really rough sound considering it was only a 1.6l engine. We personally recommend a bigger engine but besides that the C-Class was really comfortable and beautiful to look at with all its AMG Line elements and ambient light.
Photos by Simon Laslo and Rafael Weinberger