More and more automakers are offering compact and mid-sized sedans equipped with 2.5-liter or smaller engines. Although their engines are reasonably powerful, the real focus of these cars involves their crisp and sporty handling. In other words – just pure old driving fun!
The three-pointed star provides such a ride in its 2012 Mercedes C250 Sport Sedan. It is a mid-size five-passenger rear-wheel drive four-door sport/luxury sedan.
It is equipped with a direct injected turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine providing 201 hp and 229 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a smooth sifting seven-speed automatic with manual shifting on the steering wheel. The car’s 0-60 mph time is in 7.2 seconds.
The C250 Sport’s wheelbase measures 108.7 inches and its curb weight is 3,428 lbs. This car’s trunk offers 12.4 cubic feet of space, and the fuel tank holds 17.4 gallons. The car’s highway driving range is 539 miles.
On the exterior this sedan has a clean and modern look with much attention to detail and styling.
At the front the windshield is well raked (the car’s drag coefficient is a low .27 Cd). The hood is broad with V shaped cut lines and recesses near the edges. The headlights are large units that extend towards the grille and also back into the front fenders. The large grille has a pleasing shape and includes three horizontal chrome slats. The prominent Mercedes star is at the center of the good looking piece. Below the bumper is a large air intake flanked by horizontal LED driving lights.
The side profile of the C250 includes upper glass that is outlined in chrome. There is a cut line that runs just below the door handles. A more significant cut line is included at the bottom of the doors. The front headlights and rear taillights are visible in the fenders giving this Mercedes a sense of motion.
At the rear this car has a high trunk with a curved lid. The taillights are elongated square units. The trunk recessed license plate area has a pleasing shape and it has sharp looking chrome at the top. Down low is a black insert that adds contrast and it houses dual exhaust pipes at each corner.
The interior of the C250 Sport includes good looking materials. The attention to detail and fit and finish are excellent throughout. The driver views three round gauges including a central speedometer with digital information in the middle. Furthermore, a tachometer is on the right and dual temperature and fuel readings are combined in the gauge on the left. At the center of the dash is a 5.8 inch navigation screen. Many of the car’s controls are located up high on the center console. The front bucket seats are comfortable and include good side bolstering. In the rear there is adequate legroom and headroom. The 40/60 split-folding rear seat folds down to increase the cargo area.
The brakes are vented discs at all four corners measuring 11.6 inches at the front and 11.8 inches at the rear. The C250 Sport’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in a short 110 feet. The tires measure 245 40 17 inch.
The suspension up front includes MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. At the rear the setup includes multi-links, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar.
Standard features on this Mercedes include dual driver and passenger climate control, 8-way power driver and passenger seats, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, audio controls on the steering wheel, remote power door locks, electronic speed-proportional power steering, windows and mirrors (heated), cruise control, variable intermittent rain sensing wipers, front and rear cupholders, remote trunk release, retained accessory power, sun sensor, beverage cooler, external temperature display, 12 volt power outlets, interior air filtration, front reading lights, AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 playback stereo, universal remote transmitted (for garage door, security system, etc.), auxiliary audio input and iPod/iPhone integration, radio data system, pre-wired for phone, Bluetooth wireless data link for hands free phone and more.
Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, dual front side-mounted air bags, passenger air bag occupant sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, remote anti-theft alarm system, daytime running lights, auto delay off headlights, dusk sensing headlights, stability and traction control, emergency brake preparation, electronic brake force distribution, emergency brake assist, brake drying, tire pressure monitoring and more.
On the road the Mercedes C250 Sport Sedan is solid and provides a real sense of security. This sports sedan has good acceleration. Additionally, with its 52/48 front/rear weight distribution and rear-wheel drive, this Mercedes really shines as it is an invigorating and fun drive on twisty back roads. The ride is smooth as the suspension does a good job soaking up bumps and rough pavement. Furthermore, the C250 Sport is a comfortable, quiet and relaxed cruiser on the highway.
The fuel rating for the Mercedes C250 Sport is 21 city and 31 mpg highway.
The base price of the 2012 Mercedes C250 Sport Sedan is $34,800.
If you want a solid well-built sport sedan that is invigorating to drive mile after mile, the 2012 Mercedes C250 Sport Sedan is worth your attention and test drive. This Mercedes will provide many years of pure sport/luxury driving pleasure!