Published 27/08/2011 | 05:00
WHAT: Mercedes C-Class Coupe 220CDI auto (2,143cc 4cyl, 167bhp, seven-speed automatic transmission, 0-100km/h 8.4 secs, 4.4l/100km, Stop/Start system, rear-wheel-drive, VRT is 16pc. €156 annual road tax.
COST: From €36,000 for C180 petrol. From €39,900 for C220CDI.
Delivery, related charges extra.
TARGET MARKET: Well-to-do couples, singles, those downsizing from larger sports cars/coupes, or opting for coupe over saloon.
PLUS: Looks, cabin, handling/ dynamism, price, equipment.
MINUS: Engine lacked urgent bite, needs more expansive adjustment on steering wheel.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Front, side and curtain airbags, day-time running lights, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, Automatic dual-zone air con, Bluetooth connection, audio system, with CD player, steering wheel gear-shift paddles, driver drowsiness alert, and lots more safety stuff.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: BMW 3-Series Coupe, Audi A5