My trip to Stuttgart and the W205 test drive
A few days back Rafael told us that he was planning to do a test drive with the W205 in Stuttgart and since I had no other plans at that point I decided to make a little road trip to Stuttgart.
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 a S65 Sedan and the 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 Convertible and a slightly masked V Class.
Back in the car we decided to head to Sindelfingen where we wanted to take some cool shots of the car. At the customer center in Sindelfingen we took photos and I even shot some video material (which you’ll hopefully get to see very soon!) But we still 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 contacted Christian who just came from a golf match. We walked a few meters through Untertürkheim and even spotted some prototypes. Later that evening I left Stuttgart because I stayed with relatives who live just outside the city.
On Friday I left Baden-Wurttemberg and drove all the way back to Berlin were I arrived in the late afternoon.
Here are some details about the car:
Our test car was a W 205 C 180 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.
I don’t want to evaluate the 205 generation in general. Instead I just want to mention a few aspects that we noticed during the test drive. First of all: the 180 engine didn’t have enough power to properly accelerate the car! And this is no macho behavior – although the target group for this car are rational buyers I believe that it’s necessary to have a more potential engine. See, a weak engine influences the drivers behavior: you don’t want to lose speed and then end up speeding or you don’t comply safety distances when passing other vehicles because of poor acceleration.
I really have doubts if the Airmatic and the Burmester Sound System are worth the money. I couldn’t hear a difference compared to the standard Mercedes speakers. This problem is probably caused by the low quality of the music source which usually is only a small mp3 file. But again: I don’t see the benefits besides a nice design element and from this standpoint the Sound System is definitely not worth the money. The same goes for the Airmatic System: After 10 minutes behind the steering wheel Rafael stated: “I have not perceived the air suspension yet.” On the other side the Thermotronic did a really great job that day and the engine produced a really rough sound considering it was only a 1.6l engine. We 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