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    Sampling the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-classs Hugely Upgraded Interior & Tech

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    October 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm by Alexander Stoklosa | Photography by Manufacturer


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    We recently brought you news of Mercedes-Benzs redesigned-for-2015 C-class sedans all-new interior and host of new technologies, but since then, we actually had the opportunity to get our butts in the new cars seats. Now, before you get too excited, no, we didnt drive the 2015 C-class. Instead, we were given access to a trio of C-class sedans to poke, prod, and fiddle with while parked in a dark room. This probing session also included an up-close look at Mercedes-Benzs latest COMAND infotainment system, which comes with a super-slick touchpad controller. Thanks to the CLA-class, the C no longer is Benzs entry-level offering in the U.S.but also thanks to the CLA, its already-good innards got a shot in the arm. Here are our key takeaways:
    Its Capital S(-class) Stylish
    Brands often harp on about the trickle-down effect their pricey flagships have on less-expensive models, but rarely does this sort of transfer happen within a single model generation. In the case of the 2015 C-class, its interior comes very close to matching that of Benzs latest top-flight S-class. Visually, the interior is full of drama and style, with a large trim pieceavailable in piano-black plastic, classic burled walnut, modern thin-line wood, or a sporty and upscale-feeling matte-black-colored open-pore wooddominating the center stack and a good portion of the doors. The window and seat controls, as well as the headlight switch, are borrowed directly from the S-classand they feel like it. Another S-class connection comes by way of the COMAND knob; for the first time, the C-classs knob is the same size as the S-classs. Benz designers felt its substantial feel was worth neutering the S-class of its knob-size bragging rights.
    It all adds up to an interior that, compared to the BMW 3-series, feels better built and nicer; and placed against the minimalist Audi A4s squishy insides, it carries far more style. Literally the only disappointment was the center-console door covering the cup holders; its laser-cut from the surrounding trim during production to ensure grain-matched visual perfection, but Benz leaves the sharp edge uncovered and doesnt add much meat to the door itself, lending it an insubstantial and unfinished feel. Run your hands over the many other surfaces, however, which include thin splashes of chrome, aluminum, expansive soft-touch plastic, and the leather door uppers and dash top, and your fingers wont be disappointed.
    It Has Something the S-class Doesnt, And You Should Touch It
    In Mercedes-Benzs world, the companys latest and greatest technology tends to make like gravity and fall from the S-class to its smaller and less-expensive models. In this instance, however, Benzs latest COMAND infotainment system will debut on the C, and it gets a standard touch-sensitive control pad that augments the traditional knob. Presently, the touchpad isnt even available on the S-class, although it will seep into that car and other Benz models over time. We diddled around with the touchpad, which is located on the artfully designed aluminum palm rest above the COMAND knob on the center console, and found it to be a slick and elegant interface. It largely works by way of simple axial north/south, east/west finger swipes, and since the surface doubles as the palm rest for the knob, it is programmed to not respond if it senses your hand instead of a finger.
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    The familiar COMAND screen arrangement stays, with a ribbon menu across the top of the dashboard screen (with tabs for navigation, audio, phone, and the like) and a secondary ribbon menu across the bottom of the screen (specific to each of the menu tabs listed above). Both of these ribbons are accessible by pressing on the upper or lower half of the COMAND knob; but with the touchpad, they now can be called up via single-finger up or down swipes. Once the screens cursor highlights the selected menu ribbon, swiping left or right moves the cursor to different tabs (if using the knob, the user twists it left or right). To make a selection, the user clicks the touchpad once. Regardless of which menu is on-screen, swiping up with two fingers from the bottom of the pad calls up an audio sub-menu, so that you can change songs or radio stations without leaving the menu youre in. Its especially useful for, say, those times you want to adjust your tunes while running the navigation system without your map disappearing.
    While we previously had no problems with the COMAND knob, the finger-touch control feels quicker and more natural, especially for those who came of age in the smartphone generation. Benz even built in several neat tricks, like a pinch/pull zoom function for the navigation map and two-finger twists for raising or lowering climate-control temperature settings in the climate menu or altering the audio systems equalizer settings. Once youre familiar with COMANDs menu structure, its easy to quickly acclimate to the touchpad; luddites can still use the COMAND knob, while the hand-control-averse can use Mercedes Linguatronic voice-command protocol.




    Screens on Screens on Screens
    That central display screen might look like an iPad glued to the dash, as weve previously described it, but at least it comes close to matching the sharpness of Apples Retina display. Benz screens have proliferated throughout its offerings, but they generally arent very crisp. The 2015 C-classs available 8.4-inch screen, on the other hand, is relatively high resolution and augments the techy-feeling touchpad perfectly. But the sensation of precision permeates even the full-color gauge-cluster screen and the newly available head-up display. The HUD, especially, is far richer and sharper than the 3-series, and the full-color projected image appears high up and well in the drivers field of vision. We didnt get the opportunity to sample the new driver-assistance tech since, well, we havent actually driven the C-class yet, but while were sure that stuff will be fascinating, it bears repeating that we want to see how the C-class actually drives even more.
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    As for what we did experience, we can say the C-classs interior is much improved over the outgoing cars rectilinear, more-traditional environs. Brand die-hards might not take much of a shine to it, but we think it looks phenomenal and luxurious. The best part? We hear Mercedes-Benz is trying to hold the 2015 C-classs base price to 2014 levels while mixing in more standard equipment, meaning buyers dollars will get them more than just additional style.

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    It's absolutely beautiful. Mercedes is really impressing with this car.

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    Nicest interior on a cheap Benz that I have seen since a long time.

    Just hope that I won't have the same "tight" feeling as in the CLA.

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    I want one, BADLY

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzw205 Click here to enlarge
    Nicest interior on a cheap Benz that I have seen since a long time.

    Just hope that I won't have the same "tight" feeling as in the CLA.
    It's a bigger car than the CLA. Significantly so.

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