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E(W211,212) vs C W205

 
Old 09-17-2014, 04:05 PM
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E(W211,212) vs C W205

Did anyone jumped to C ? Does it really feel like E? I went to the Dealership a couple of days ago while wondering around show room i've noticed the new C which to my surprise looked as big as E. I Never looked at C-Class as my standard probably due to W203 memory.
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It can't match the E class in width or length.
The car is probably 14-20 cm shorter than the E, and 4 cm in the width. But lengthwise, the E gets a larger trunk and larger bonnet. Difference in wheelbase length is 2 cm I believe, so the passenger legroom you will hardly feel the change. But three adult men will fit, but not comfortably.
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I have owned three W211's and two W212's, with the latest being a 2014 model E350. To me, the E Class has a more elegant interior than the W205
but I much prefer the W205 interior. The non-enclosed Command screen on the C takes away from the interior looks but, from a human engineering standpoint, I like the fact that it is precisely where it is the easiest to see. The overall dash layout is excellent. Starting with the seats, I believe the C is a finer car. In a short drive, in a C300, it seemed quieter and had a smoother ride. The trunk looks smaller than the E but I believe it actually holds just as much but does not seem to be quite as deep. The handling was excellent. The only thing I would miss from the E350 is that great engine. Since I want the luxury version, of the C Class, I won't be able to get the 400 but the 300 seems adequate.
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I looked up the trunk volume as shown on the MB site. They show:


E350 15.9 Cu Ft

C300 17.0 Cu Ft
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The only thing I would miss from the E350 is that great engine. Since I want the luxury version, of the C Class, I won't be able to get the 400 but the 300 seems adequate.
The C300 engine would be a step down from the E350 engine but the C400 engine is superior to the E350 engine. Like you, I prefer the luxury version, but want the C400 engine. There seems to be a growing number of us that want this combination. I'm already thinking about talking to the MB body shop to get cost figures and changing the front from "sport" to "luxury" and trying to work it into a purchase deal. I'm hoping maybe, just maybe, MB will wise up and eventually allow it to be ordered this way.
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I would immediately order a C400 if I could get it in Luxury and RWD.
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I like the AWD. I would immediately order a C400 if I could get it in Luxury and a working 360 camera!
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I like the AWD. I would immediately order a C400 if I could get it in Luxury and a working 360 camera!
I might even do that although I don't need 4Matic in the Arizona desert. I forgot that I too want the 360 degree camera as in my GLK.
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Originally Posted by MB-JIM View Post
I have owned three W211's and two W212's, with the latest being a 2014 model E350. To me, the E Class has a more elegant interior than the W205
but I much prefer the W205 interior. The non-enclosed Command screen on the C takes away from the interior looks but, from a human engineering standpoint, I like the fact that it is precisely where it is the easiest to see. The overall dash layout is excellent. Starting with the seats, I believe the C is a finer car. In a short drive, in a C300, it seemed quieter and had a smoother ride. The trunk looks smaller than the E but I believe it actually holds just as much but does not seem to be quite as deep. The handling was excellent. The only thing I would miss from the E350 is that great engine. Since I want the luxury version, of the C Class, I won't be able to get the 400 but the 300 seems adequate.
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Starting with the seats, I believe the C is a finer car.
So you felt that the W205 has better front seats? I ask b/c I sat in an E350 at the auto show last yr and thought the front seats were some of the most comfortable that I've experienced. If the W205 were even better, that would be quite impressive indeed....
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I am on same boat, however I can stay with E because equally equipped C will cost noticeably more. It isn't MSRP, it is just because E get deep discount close to 20%, when C can be discounted 6% currently.
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I am on same boat, however I can stay with E because equally equipped C will cost noticeably more.
"equally equipped"???

If you know of a twin-turbo all-wheel-drive E-Class that cost less than a twin-turbo all-wheel-drive C-class (in the USA), please let me know where I can buy it
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I will PM you. More likely it will be Walnut creek dealership and after Thanksgiving. Last year they gave around $12K-$15K off MSRP. I will shop there too, so feel free to join me.
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