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I have no wish to get involved in something akin to a chatroom rant on here but some of the comments are so assinine as to defy belief. The W124 and 190 set a benchmark and raised the bar so high Mercedes have struggled to clear it never mind raise with subsequent C's and E,s. Their interiors are classic and feel if they would last forever.
Ther new car clearly harks back to this and if reviews suggest it is very well built and a return to old scvhool merc.
Is it ugly? Not to my eyes but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The interior looks good to me but without seeing in the metal it is hard to say. Keep your comments constructive please!
Sorry ATOMIC, but though my mum's eyesight is less than 20:20, I quote "Is that the new Mondeo? I think I saw an estate one already. I quite like it." "No it's the new Jag to take on the 5 series." "No!(laughs). But it looks just like that new Mondeo - well I haven't seen the front but how can you buy that instead of the BM?" DOn't get me wrong - they're growing on me, and I LOVE the interior, but the design lacks any real character and depth, and the rear hatch (well, it looks like a hatch) just shouts top earning rep.
Very good article indeed, but ... i cannot imagine myself driving in that .... spaceship!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I prefer my old MGF instead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did I shock you enough????
Aren't those controller thingys meant to reduce the button count? I'd hate to see this car interior without a controller.
I have to say that I'm not a big fan of the current Mercedes design language, and what's with those LED's? They look like a me too add-on.
perfect blend of the sportiness of the C-class and the luxury of the S-class and the back of a Hyundai Sonata
jl123. Wolf Blitzer. Lol! Yes, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that the only reason they keep him is for his collection of industry snitches. It certainly is not for his prose. If you see 'Georg Kacher' at the top of an article you know exactly what you're in for. This is because you have read the same article many times before. He has flooded the European section with numbingly predictable dullness. He is to car journalism what the Volkswagen Golf platform is to cars.
Blain - I've seen interior bits fall off W124 cars in my dad's and others'.
I find the references to the w124 and the 190 as some sort of highwater mark, incredulous. My father had both and I thought they were dogs noteworthy for their agricultural engines and bits falling off their very tacky interiors (particularly the 190e). I can only stretch so far back but I would have thought Merc's zenith of design and vault like solidity came during the late 1960s and early 1970s; pagoda sports cars and the their family of saloon cars. I wouldnt like to be owning them now but if Mercedes had half the culture now as it did then, I think they would be on the way. The new c class seems to suggest that we are witnessing a renaissance. Even the E saloon and coupe will grow on us in much the same way as the Bangle 5 series. The current S is equivalent to the old 7 series, cars that were ugly at launch and remain as reviled as ever.!!
Having driven most of the current (just surpassed) E class range except the AMG ones I guess this will be a big improvement over them. However I find that while the old car was hardly a looker, this new one is plain ugly. And the only thing nice about the W124 (which I briefly owned and the 190 is that they looked (and still do) better than any current Merc saloon.
Finally a car to take on the Honda Legend. And wasnt there a Nissan Maxima with the same back end about 10 years ago? And a Kia? No this is no competitor to Audi or BMW, its Merc changing direction and making a German alternative to large Japanese. In centuries past I would have used 'up market alternative' but when one considers Merc reliability compared with many Japanese cars 'down market' would have been as suitable. Its awful looking taking all the balance and subtly of the current model and doing a 180 to create a non balanced, in your face mess. Merc, the S class and Maybach was bad enough, the CLS and C class proves sometimes you can get it right even these days. But however did you let this go into production?
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